Jacob’s family fled Russia in 1924, settling in Manitoba, where they faced dust and the stock market crash. They arrived in B.C. in 1932 with $5, starting a farm in Aldergrove. Jacob served as a conscientious objector. After Jacob and Frances married, they moved to Winnipeg for Bible school. They returned to B.C. to farm, log and mill. When Frances died in a car accident, Jacob was devastated. He sold the farm and travelled Africa and Israel. In 1979, Jacob met Elfrieda. He began farming again and taught her to fish. Jacob and Elfrieda travelled to Alaska and Florida. For 15 years, he managed stomach cancer by eating many small meals. Jacob volunteered at The Gleaners. After kidney surgery, Jacob’s health slowly declined.