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.
Wallace 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. He then graduated from Salmon River Central School in 1961. Wallace 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.
Wallace once worked at the Veterans Hospital in Rochester as an assistant X-Ray technician. 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 once received recognition as the highest pot tender while at Reynolds. 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, shuffleboard & softball teams. 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.
Wallace truly enjoyed watching his grandchildren in sports, camping, fishing, gardening and boating on his pontoon. He also enjoyed watching sports on the television, especially Syracuse University and any other team that could beat the Montreal Canadians. He was once a member of the Dundee Trailblazers, made lacrosse sticks, an avid DIRT Modified Race Fan & Super DIRT Week fan. But most of all, Wally enjoyed being around his family & friends.
Wallace is survived by his wife, Darlene; four children, Andrew Jacobs, Carrie Jacobs (Carson), Wanda Jacobs, and Wallace Jacobs, Jr., all of Akwesasne; seven grandchildren, Dustin Oakes (Jordan), Carson Oakes, Tevin Terrance (Jori), Tye Terrance, 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, Artie & Nancy Jacobs and Gerald 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 are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.