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Paul S. Jacobson, president of grocery business

July 16, 1932 – Jan. 27, 2015

Paul S. Jacobson, a retired grocer and senior companion, died Tuesday in his home following a short illness. He was 82.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, he graduated from Bennett High School in 1950, where he was known for his athletic prowess, playing both baseball and hockey.

His family owned and operated the wholesale grocery business, D. Jacobson and Sons, of which he later became president. He was affectionately known as the Pickleman, as the company also produced a line of pickle products when their warehouse was on Hickory Street.

Upon retiring, he found his true calling. At age 77, Mr. Jacobson began working 35 hours per week, as a senior companion to individuals with developmental disabilities at the Millersport Day Hab in Getzville. He loved those he served, and those he served loved him. He earned his five-year pin this past September.

A loyal fan of all the Buffalo teams, he had season tickets for the Bills at the “Old Rockpile,” and was at the opening game at Rich Stadium. He also had split season tickets for the Buffalo Sabres and was a frequent attendee at Bisons games.

As a senior citizen, he remained active, bowling with the Sunday Morning Men’s Bowling League until recently. His hobbies included bocce, wild birds and gardening. He enjoyed playing dominoes, canasta and hearts with his family and friends.

Mr. Jacobson served two terms as president of the Forum Club of Buffalo, an area men’s social club. He was a Freemason at Perseverance-Suburban Lodge 948 for nearly 50 years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Judy Greenberg; a daughter, Debbie Korotkin; a son, Gary; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Congregation Shir Shalom in Williamsville, following a Masonic service under the auspice of Perservance-Suburban Lodge 948.

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