“Yesterday when I was young”…
On Wednesday, April 8th, 2020, Jeffrey E Jacobs, MD, loving husband and brother, passed away at the age of 54, after a long healthcare battle.
Jeff was born on December 19, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended The Johns Hopkins University and received his Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine on May 28th, 1991 and shortly thereafter obtained a masters degree from Columbia University of Public Health. He did his residency at Bellevue Medical Center and began his career as a Pediatrician in 1997.
There is no way that the words that I write will be good enough to honor the man that he was, but I will try my best.
Even though he was a city boy, Jeff always had an urge for the country life. He moved to the Pocono Mountain area of Pennsylvania where he met me, his wife Cathy. We were married in Matamoras, PA at the beautiful Riverview Inn on May 28th, 2000. Wanting a change, we moved to a place we had never heard of, The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We made our home in Calumet, where Jeff eventually opened his own practice, Superior Pediatrics. He loved having his own practice and often referred to himself as just an old country doc, as he was always available to his patients and even made house calls; his patients always came first!!
During our time in Calumet, Jeff was involved in a little bit of everything. Jeff was the president of the Tri-County Medical Society, co-chaired many political campaigns, served as a county delegate at many state conventions, and volunteered wherever and whenever needed. Jeff was a fanatical animal lover, who never turned away an animal in need of rescue.
Jeff also served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan State Medical Society for 9 years, for which he was very proud of. The time we spent with the medical society was some of the best times we had, both professionally and personally; the relationships we made will live on even now that he is gone.
Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Judith and his father, Joel.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy; brother, Jay; his Aunt Diannne; his cousin, Janine and her children Andrew, Jade, and Cassandra; his 6 birds and 6 cats; his many patients for whom he loved; and the best friends that anyone could ever have.
Jeff, you will always be my heart...”If you should ever leave me, though life would still go on believe me. The world could show nothing to me, so what good would living do me. God only knows what I’d be without you.”