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Donald P. Jacobi, a former co-owner of Jacobi Bros. Men's Clothier, died of Parkinson's disease Monday in The Waters of Orchard Park. He was 77.

A longtime Orchard Park resident, Mr. Jacobi was born in Buffalo and grew up in Amherst. He graduated from Amherst High School. An exceptional athlete, he was captain of the school's baseball, basketball and football teams.

He attended St. Bonaventure University.

He served in the Army as a private first class, working with early IBM computers while stationed in France.

Mr. Jacobi was co-owner and secretary-treasurer of Jacobi Bros. Men's Clothier. He retired in the mid-1980s.

He was the youngest president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo.

He was vice president of the Orchard Park Senior Citizens and, with his wife, was instrumental in the building of the Orchard Park Senior Center.

Mr. Jacobi was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills, dating back to the team's earliest days. He was a golfer and former member of Wanakah Country Club. He also enjoyed woodworking and tole painting, exhibiting many times at the Quaker Arts Festival in Orchard Park.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Jane Gavin of Orchard Park; three daughters, JoEllen Johnson of Orchard Park, Mary Beth Sweeney of Syracuse and Nancy Rosenberry of Blasdell; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Orchard Park. Interment was in Nativity Cemetery, Orchard Park.


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