At 94 years young, Philip R. 'Phil' Jacobs passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer at home surrounded by all 4 of his children.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 2, 1925, to Carlton D. and Elise Darby Jacobs, he was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Anne Stedfast Jacobs, his brother, Peter Jacobs, Palm Desert, California and his sister, Darby Ellis Sturm, Kokomo, Indiana.
He is survived by his children, Leslee Doherty Hughes and husband, W. Boyd Hughes, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Edie 'Dale' Bernhardt, Essex, Vermont, David W. and wife, Connie, Northborough, Massachusetts and Darby Dyer, Amherst, New Hampshire; 8 grandchildren, Michael S. Doherty, (Salt Lake City, Utah); Andrew M. Bernhardt, (Scarsdale, New York), Kyle S. Bernhardt (Wellesley, Massachusetts), Amy D. Harpster, (Williamsport, Pennsylvania), Daniel D. Jacobs and MaryElise Jacobs, (Northborough, Massachusetts), Charlotte E. Dyer and Victoria S. Dyer, (Amherst, New Hampshire) and 8 great-grandchildren. Additional survivors included numerous nieces and nephews.
Phil was a consummate life-long Boston sports fan. One would often hear him yelling (positively or negatively) at the television when watching the Red Sox, Patriots or Bruins.
He grew up in Waban and West Harwich, Massachusetts and married his childhood sweetheart, Anne Stedfast in 1948. They lived in Coral Gables, Florida while studying and graduating at the University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration. Returning to Massachusetts, they resided in Natick and Sudbury, Massachusetts and finally settling in Bedford, New Hampshire for the remaining 37 years.
Phil was a PROUD veteran of the U.S. Army. Being a very social individual, he loved to entertain and loved a good party. Armed with a marvelous sense of humor for any occasion (that we all will miss terribly), he loved nothing more than to all a joke to get a smile or, better yet, a rise out of whoever was with him.
Phil never fully recovered after the passing of his wife 4 years ago. He resided for the past 5 years at Bentley Common, Bedford, New Hampshire (fondly referred to as the 'Mayor of Bentley)and his family graciously acknowledge the heartwarming professional care and love given to him by the staff of Bentley Commons given to him not only every day but especially during this time along with special mention to the care given by Compassionate Care Hospice as well as Goodwin Funeral Home.
Services: A Calling Hours will be held on Monday, December 16 from 10 to 11 am at Goodwin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut Street with a Memorial Service starting at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name can be made to Compassionate Care and Hospice, 25 Nashua Road, Londonderry, NH, 03053 or to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, New Hampshire 03276
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