Obituary: Charlie Jacob
Last year, on November 29, 2017, Charles Hall Jacob of South Orleans, MA, formerly of Wilton, CT, died peacefully in the home he loved on Little Pleasant Bay with his wife of 59 years, Sally Wilcox Jacob, his daughters, Kate McKay and Lisa Jacob and son, William Jacob. They spent his last week sharing great memories, laughing and crying together. The rest of the family: Kate’s husband, David McKay, their daughters, Carey, Paige and Haley; Lisa’s husband Tad Kuwada, their sons, Nobu and Charlie and William’s longtime partner, Cheri Mason, share in the sadness.
Charlie was born in New York on February 9, 1931 to Charles Hall and Mildred Rule Jacob. Growing up, he worked summers in his family’s piano factory where he learned to be a skilled woodworker. He attended Dartmouth College (‘53) and later earned a degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-55 during which time he was stationed in Japan. In 1958, Charlie and Sally married on Cape Cod and moved to Denmark where he completed his architectural studies. His experiences in Japan and Denmark influenced his design style. As an architect, Charlie worked on commercial and residential projects throughout the Northeast and was committed to honoring his clients’ goals and lifestyles in the finished products. His deep love and respect of the natural world was evident throughout his designs.
For more than 30 years, Charlie and Sally lived in Wilton, Connecticut, where he was active in the Wilton Presbyterian Church, Wilton Library and the Weir Preserve. Charlie was a warm and welcoming host. He and Sally enjoyed having friends over for all kinds of celebrations. He was a terrific listener, always genuinely interested in what others, regardless of their ages, had to say.
In 1999, Charlie and Sally moved to South Orleans where he continued to practice architecture, play squash, be involved in the community and delight in the beauty of the Cape. Charlie loved animals, particularly birds, and took great satisfaction in designing an aviary for Wildcare Rehabilitation Center in Eastham, MA.
People who knew Charlie remember him for his good nature, quiet determination, thoughtfulness, creativity and generosity of time and skills. He was fond of the adage “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” and the life he lead surely reflected those words.