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Gary Leroy Jacobson

August 19, 1940 - September 30, 2021


August 19, 1940 – September 30, 2021
On Thursday, September 30, 2021, Gary Leroy Jacobson, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 81. Gary was born on August 19, 1940, in Nelson, BC to Per and Alida Jacobson. He married Audrey Simser, and welcomed children  Heidi (Ron) and Jeffrey (Jennifer). On July 30, 1977, he married Judy Jacobson at the Nelson United Church and they raised three children Nicole (Eddie), Mark (Sarah) and Tad. He has three grandchildren, Calle, Cole, and Erik.

Gary was raised in Bonnington with his elder brothers Ron and Gene, and younger sister Marilyn. After graduating from LV Rogers in 1959, he lived in Vancouver and Williams Lake before moving back to the Nelson area in 1976. Following high school, he finished barber school and ran two successful barbering businesses in Williams Lake and Nelson, known as Jake’s Place. Following his career in barbering, he completed his red seal certification in carpentry. He was a skilled craftsman and general handyman who enjoyed making furniture and finishing carpentry.


Gary was a social and warm man who spent many years contributing to the community though his affiliation as a Lions Club member and president. He was also an avid scout, who volunteered as a scout leader for several years. He loved camping, cooking, spending time with his pets, and telling a good story.

Gary was predeceased by his father, mother and brother Ron of Nelson, BC. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Judy, his brother Gene, and his sister Marilyn.

His life will be celebrated on October 4, 2021, at 11:00AM, at Thompson Funeral Home.


The family would like to thank Dr. Lee MacKay and the 3rd floor nursing staff at Kootenay Lake District Hospital for their kind and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Kootenay Lake District Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.


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From: Shirley Tennant
Relation: Acquaintance of some of the family

Dear Judy and family, grief is such a personal emotion, but it is ingrained into our design to need each other as humans. So, as you pass through this sorrowful time, I want to extend to you my deepest condolences.

From: Megan Johnson
Relation: Friend of Tad Jacobson

Dear Jacobson family. My sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved father and husband. I had the great honour of spending several years with the Jacobson family. I was always thoroughly entertained by Gary’s great tales (even if I had heard them a couple of times already) and his solid attempt at steamed broccoli. My heart is with his wife Judi and the rest of their family as they move through this very difficult journey.

From: Lea and RJ Warren
Relation: Friends

We are sending our condolences to the Jacobson family. We enjoyed Gary’s sense of humour and his stories! Wishing comfort to Tad and his family at this time of loss.

From: Willa & Harold Horsfall
Relation: Community Friend

Judy and family we extend our sincere condolences to you at this time. We really didn’t know Gary but he was a wonderful friend to our son Ross and we appreciated him totally. He was always friendly and very sociable. Peace be with you.

From: Margaret and Bill Burdenie
Relation: long time friend of Judy's and all of the family

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and all your family, Judy. I was so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Marg and Bill

From: June Rolfson (Coleman)
Relation: Family aquientience

I am sending my condolence to the Jacobson family we lived across the street from them my mom and Judy were the best of friends and I went to school with Mark and my sister went to school with Tad and we spent many times looking after thier animals while they were away and I always enjoyed Gary company.

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Private service arrangements have been made.

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In lieu of flowers, a donation to Kootenay Lake District Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.

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The family would like to thank Dr. Lee MacKay and the 3rd floor nursing staff at Kootenay Lake District Hospital for their kind and exceptional care.

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