John F. Jakubowski, 63, who was instrumental in designing the street lighting for the Erie Basin Marina and Memorial Auditorium, died Friday (March 20, 1998) in his Elma home after a brief illness.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Transfiguration School and from St. John Kanty Preparatory School in Erie, Pa., in 1952. He received a degree in electrical design from Erie Community College and served in the Air Force.
Jakubowski was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 38 years until his retirement in 1990. He began as a meter reader and ended his career in the Consumer Relations Department. As a consumer adviser, he was in charge of various municipal accounts, including the Buffalo Parks Department, Buffalo Zoo, Cheektowaga and the City of Tonawanda.
He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga and the City of Tonawanda.
He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cheektowaga. During the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kiwanis International, he participated in the planting of crab apple trees in front of St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga.
Jakubowski, an avid golfer, was a member of the Elma Meadows Men's Golf Club.
He was a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach and a member of the New York State Certified Football Officials Association.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Christine Andrzejewski; a daughter, Charlene Schneckenberger of East Aurora; two sons, Darrell of Brewerton and Lawrence of Lancaster; a sister, Grace Schultz of Orchard Park; a brother, Eugene of Hamburg; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.[hdkns]