Norman David Jacobs, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and joins his beloved wife, Pat, who passed away on May 11, 2011 and his only child, Craig, who passed away April 17, 2015.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he served four-and-a-half years as an engineering officer in the Royal Navy after which he entered the merchant marine serving as an engineering officer with Cunard Steamship Company. In 1952 he became engaged to Patricia Gallagher who was to be the love of his life for 60 years and to whom he was happily married for 56 of those years.
He immigrated to Canada to accept his first job ashore in 1954 with Davis Rowan, Marine Engineers. Following two years in Quebec, he accepted an offer from Babcock & Wilcox in Barber ton, Ohio, who of fered to sponsor them. They immigrated to the US and proudly became US citizens in 1962. In 1967 he joined the Foster Wheeler Corporation as Chief Staff Engineer in their construction division.
In 1975 he joined the Northrop Corporation to take over as president of a troubled subsidiary company in Chicago, Illinois. By 1977 he had successfully turned the company around. He returned to Foster Wheeler in 1977, retiring in 1990 as chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler Constructors Corporation.
Outside of his family and career, Mr. Jacobs had many other interests over the years including his lifetime involvement in boating and stamp collecting. In 1990, along with two close friends, he founded North Sea Yachts Inc. to build the Monk 36 in Nova Scotia, Canada, with a sales office in Point Pleasant. During the period 1991 through 2008, the company built and sold 87 yachts. He was a member of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club for over 30 years where he made many cruising and social friends.
He was predeceased by his two younger siblings, Eric Jacobs and Zelda Carr. Norman is survived by his grandchil-dren, Paige and Christopher Jacobs of Morris Plains; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Jacobs; his sister-in-law, Esther of Vancouver, Canada; and many nephews, nieces and grand- nieces in Canada, Scotland and South Africa.
“So many friends from the Yacht Club and the Atrium have been so good to me and they know who they are but I must men- tion particularly Lou and Theresa Maresca of the Atrium and Mark Lockwood and Ronney Subarsky who each or together visited me every day to make sure I had everything I needed.”
Memorial donations may be made to Morristown Medical Center – ICU, 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.
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