Norman A. Jacobs died Friday, June 29, 2018, at his Tampa home after a lengthy illness. He was 87.
He was born in Chicago in 1930 to Frank and Esther Jacobs. He was the second of five children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. In February 1958, he married the love of his life, Audrey (nee Mular), and their marriage lasted 60 years.
Norm worked 35 years as a mechanical engineer for Teletype Corp., which later became AT&T. He holds six patents for his work there. After living in the Chicago area for more than 60 years, he moved to Tampa in 1996, where he continued an active lifestyle – playing tennis well into his 80s – as long as his health allowed.
He was intelligent and had a quick wit. He was a voracious reader. He completed crossword puzzles quickly – in ink. He loved to work with his hands, building scale-model replicas of ships and trains from their original blueprints.
Most of all, Norm loved to play bridge, a pastime he enjoyed for six decades. He achieved the coveted honor title of Gold Life Master. He was active in the Tampa Bay Bridge Center for two decades, including serving on its board of directors for four years, and as its president for two years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Chuck.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey; two sons, Mike (Mary Ann) and Ron (Mariellen); two daughters, Cherie (William Featheringill) and Sue (Don Reichard); and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Dorothy Kirton, Marge DeFries (John) and Lois Meute (Bob); and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at MacDonald Funeral Home, 10520 N. Florida Ave., Tampa FL 33612. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A reception will be held immediately afterward at the Tampa Bay Bridge Center, 114 W. 109th Ave., Tampa (adjoining the funeral home’s parking lot).
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Heart Association or to LifePath Hospice.
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