AWKESASNE – After a lengthy illness, Mr. Wallace A. Wally Jacobs, Sr., 71, of 1061 Drum Street Road, passed away Sunday morning, January 19, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
Wally was born October 26, 1942 at the family home in Akwesasne, the son of the late Andrew and Josephine Tarbell Jacobs. He first attended Mohawk School before going to Bombay school and graduating from Salmon River Central School in 1961. Wally proudly served his country in the US Army. He entered on February 20, 1962, doing his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After basic training, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he was trained at the Medical Training Center as an ambulance driver. On February 16, 1965, he was honorably discharged from Fort Hamilton, New York. On August 14, 1965, he married Darlene J. Wood at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, celebrating.
Wally once worked at the Veterans Hospital in Rochester as an assistant X-Ray technician. After returning back to the reservation in 1970, he began his employment with Reynolds Metal first as a pot tender and then went to the Anode Department, where he continued until his retirement in 2001. He was once received recognition as the highest pot tender while at Reynolds. During a lay-off in 1970, he worked at the Lalley Lacrosse Factory until 1975. As a proud veteran, he was a life member of the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479, where he once served as commander and also held many additional offices there as well as being a member of the Honor Guard. Wally enjoyed the time he spent at the Legion, socializing with his many friends and comrades. He was also known to do a little jig for those in attendance and enjoyed playing pull tabs. He also was a member of the American Legion Post #79 in Massena; an honorary member of the Malone Post; the Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post #4 in Massena; and a former member of the Hogansburg/Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department.
Wally truly enjoyed watching his grandchildren playing sports, camping at Cooks Campground, fishing, gardening, and boating on his pontoon. In addition, Wally was a member of the Legion Shuffleboard and Softball Teams and enjoyed watching sports on the television, especially Syracuse University and any other team that could be the Montreal Canadians. He was also a member of the Dundee Trailblazers, made lacrosse sticks, was an avid DIRT Modified Race Fan and going to Super DIRT Week. But, most of all Wally truly enjoyed being around his family, friends, and those who affectionately knew him as Dad or Uncle Wally.
Wally is survived by his wife, Darlene; four children, Andrew Jacobs, Carrie Jacobs (Carson Mitchell), Wanda Jacobs, and Wallace Jacobs, Jr., all of Akwesasne; seven grandchildren, Dustin (Jordan Cook) and Carson Oakes, Tevin (Jori), Tye, and Kahentase Terrance, Montana Jacobs, and Daniel Mitchell; and two great grandchildren, Eric Oakes and Hendrix Rourke.
He is also survived by his sisters, Louise Jock and Helen Chubb, both of Akwesasne; two brothers, Gerald Jacobs and Artie and Nancy Jacobs, all of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephew, cousins, godchildren, and friends.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Louie, James, and Harold Jacobs.
Friends may call at Kateri Hall beginning Wednesday 4:00 pm until Friday 1:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 2:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Osuji, celebrating. Burial will be in the Veterans Section of St. Josephs Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group or the Akwesasne Epilepsy Support Group.
Funeral arrangements arewith the Donaldson Funeral Home, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.