World War II vet Melvin Jacobs remembered for writing and wit


Melvin Jacobs age 92, of Brookline, Massachusetts and formerly of Riverdale, and admired author, poet, artist and champion table tennis player, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23 at Beth Israel Hospital.

Born on Jan. 2, 1922 in New York City. he was the son of the late Louis and Laura (Stern) Jacobs.

 Mr. Jacobs graduated from New York University and later enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country during World War II.

 His career as a psychologist in New York led him to publish his first novel just months before his death. “Greenhill House” is a story surrounding a residential treatment center. He was a frequent contributor to The Riverdale Press and served on the editorial board for the Journal at Center Communities of Brookline. He also wrote countless poems and created numerous penned sketches.

He will always be remembered for his great wit, intelligence and the stories he made up each night about whales and fishes for his children when they were young.

 He is survived by his daughter Claudia Jacobs of Newton, Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Katie Cardamone of Worcester, Massachusetts; Matthew Jacobs of Columbia, Maryland; Sarah Hill of Chesire, Connecticut; Emily Vyncke of Chicago; Amanda Jacobs of Manhattan, Rachel Jacobs of Austin, Texas; Madison, Gabriel, Brenner and Westley Dick of Westport, Connecticut; and five great grandchildren, Mikey, Taylan, Tanner, Owen and Mia. He is also survived by his brother, Harvey Jacobs of San Diego, California and his nephew Adam Jacobs, also of San Diego. He was predeceased by his sons Dan Jacobs, who died in 2013, and Ariel L. Jacobs, who died on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

Mr. Jacobs was laid to rest on Dec. 26 in Kensico cemetery in Valhalla, New York beside his beloved son, Ariel L. Jacobs.

Arrangements were under the care of Concord Funderal Home in Massachusetts. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit:

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