Kenneth A. Jacobson

Sep 03, 2019
Kenneth Jacobson

Appleton — Kenneth Arnold "Jake" Jacobson died Aug. 21, 2019, at Pen Bay Medical Center with his wife, Wendy, by his side. Jake was born Nov. 5, 1947, the son of Kenneth Jacobson Sr. and Lucille Rogers Jacobson. He grew up in Thomaston and graduated from Georges’s Valley High School 1965. He received a bachelor's degree in science education from Gorham State Teachers’ College.

After teaching for one year, he took a position at Camden Rockland Water Co. Through hard work and the support of his mentor, Robert Varney, he became president of Camden Rockland Water Co. and Maine Water Co.

In 1993 Jake became the owner and operator of Fraternity Village General Store in Searsmont. For more than 20 years, he operated the store and grew to love his regular customers and the cast of characters who worked for him.

Jake married his wife, Wendy Williams Jacobson, in 1979. They made their home in Appleton on Apple Ridge Farm. Jake tended the store while Wendy ran the farm and the riding school. Jake never did learn to ride, but got good at mucking stalls (in a pinch), putting in hay and mending fences. He cherished the simple joys of life, their home and farm, and especially the many animals that inhabited the farm.

Jake was a quiet man, compassionate, slow to judge others, and had a great sense of humor.

He was passionate about photography, took thousands of photos of life on the farm and the nature around him. Jake was often heard to say how thankful he was to live in such a pretty area.

He will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Wendy. Together they shared 40 years of laughter, tears and memories. Jake also leaves his father, Kenneth Jacobson Sr., and friend Abbey; uncle Donald Jacobson; his favorite aunt, Jackie; sister in-law Rosemarie Jacobson; and two nieces and their families.

Jake was predeceased by his mother, twin sister Karen, and best buddy, his brother Steve.

Wendy and Jake would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who supported them during Jake’s illness. Many brought meals and goodies, give rides to treatments and stopped for strawberry shakes, and gave Wendy a break. Also, a special thank-you to the medical teams at Pen Bay Cancer Care, Pen Bay Medical Center, and Northern Lights Medical Center (Eastern Maine Medical Center) for their compassion and kindness.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church, 21 Depot St., Union.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Pen Bay Waldo Health Care, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841 or the Sussman House, 40 Anchor Dr., Rockport , ME 04856.

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