Jacob’s family immigrated to Canada in 1924, settling on a farm in Arnaud, Man. Jacob began his teaching career in 1935. During WWII, Jacob was a CO teacher on United Church mission stations on Lake Winnipeg. After the war, he taught at MB Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg. In 1955, Jacob was called to Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford, B.C., where he taught English and directed plays. After his 1979 retirement, he continued in his love by teaching English to new Canadians, helping many get their driver’s license. He joined the Golden Strings and played in retirement homes. Jacob was also a member of the Fraser Valley Symphony for 16 years.
Updated Dec. 16, 2013: birth date corrected.