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Howard J. Jacobs
  • December 11, 1949
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  • July 12, 2012

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Howard Joseph Jacobs, of Orlando died peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Howard was born December 11, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie, his brother Marc, his son Richard,and his four step children Matthew, Brian, Michelle, Melinda. As well as nine grandchildren Casey, Brianna. Bryson, Olivia, Jackson, Jacob, Andrew, Haylee, Alex. Private family services will be held. Howard Jacobs was a wonderful man of God. Besides his passion for the Lord and his family he loved sports. He coached softball for 26 years however over the last eight years coaching with Special Olympics or the Miracle League was where he was the happiest. He coached special olympics basketball, volleyball. baseball, and golf.  Howard's cancer journey lasted just over a year. He was determined to never give in to cancer. His faith in a loving and gracious heavenly Father enable Howard's life to be a witness even in the most difficult of times. I feel blessed that the Lord brought Howard and I together he was a loving husband, an awesome grandfather, dedicated employee and I so look forward to being reunited with him in heaven. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Special Olympics of Orange County 3909 South Sumerlin Avenue Orlando Fl 32806  

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  1. jacob woody says:
    26 Jul 2012
    i love you that poonie that i missed his hugs. i miss racing with poonie.

  2. jackson woody says:
    26 Jul 2012
    i will miss poonie so bad, I will miss his hugs.i will see poonie when I get to heaven. I love you so much. i miss your funny hats

  3. olivia woody says:
    26 Jul 2012
    i love poonie and his christmas hats. i will miss him but never forget him. i know times are tough noonie but you always have your family.

  4. • Kathy Henry Whitmire says:
    25 Jul 2012
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Jacobs family tonight. Coach Howard was an amazing gentle soul both on and off the baseball fields. The Pirates will miss him...and I will miss his never wavering assistance with our wonderful kids. Heaven just gained a perfect Coach and friend.

  5. • Terri Sheets ONeal says:
    25 Jul 2012
    Prayers to the Family during this very sad time. I have known Howard for many years, first meeting him at South Orange Little League. He was my daughter's first softball coach and we served together as volunteers for many years at South Orange. He was a wonderful person and did have a passion for volunteering for various youth sports programs. He ws a very special person who will be missed.

  6. Rosanne Madsen says:
    23 Jul 2012
    "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."--Psalm 116:15. Debbie, I'm sure that when Howard met the Lord for the first time, He said, "Well done, good and faithful servant", from Matthew 25:21. I am so glad that Al and I got to know Howard, and call him friend!! I will certainly miss him and his happy nature!!!

  7. Doolin Nanhoo says:
    20 Jul 2012
    Regrettably I received the news about Mr. Jacobs passing a bit late, however, I would like to express my condolences to all of his family members.
    I have only know Mr. Jacobs for a short while, he contacted me for employment with Reliable Reports and has walked me through the employment process since last year November till April of this year 2012, he also was my supervisor and very helpful colleague. I feel very blessed to have known him and be exposed to his knowledge. may he sit at the Lord's feet forevermore in peace.

  8. Angela Fairconeture says:
    20 Jul 2012
    I remember the first time I met Howard and he was talking about coaching an upcoming game, he gleamed when he spoke of how he enjoyed coaching the kids with special needs. He was always smiling, and very friendly. Howard will be missed, but never forgotten.

  9. Melinda Ross says:
    20 Jul 2012
    Howard was an amazing man, the love and passion for volunteering for the kids was a big part of who Howard was. I know that he touched so many lives with his kind heart. I have so many memories of Papa Howie and the kids. Howard you will always be in our hearts and our memories will last forever.

    I love you Mom

  10. Andrew ross says:
    20 Jul 2012
    HE T WAS THE BEST NO ONE COULD REPLACE HIM HIM I MISS HIM SO MUCH AND I HOPE HE FEELS BETTER WITH GOD GOD BLESS HIM

  11. Jim Bengtson says:
    20 Jul 2012
    Debbie, as you walk through these difficult days, may the Lord give you a sense of peace and joy remembering all of the wonderful times you and Howard shared together over the years and the knowledge, that one day you will see him again in heaven.

  12. Pam Jones says:
    19 Jul 2012
    Hi Debbie,
    You are in my prayers. I remember Howard through your stories and smiles shared. Blessings

  13. Allan Madsen says:
    19 Jul 2012
    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

  14. Janet Van Kirk says:
    19 Jul 2012
    Debbie, what a legacy Howard has left behind for you, and the whole family. I so appreciated how God was always first in his life and then you. He was such a devoted Godly man and everyone that came in contact with Howard has been blessed for a lifetime. Praying you continue to feel God's comfort and peace and so Blessed that Howard is coaching in Heaven with Jesus!

  15. Maria Beachler says:
    19 Jul 2012
    I only met Howard once, I think. He was wearing a Seminole t shirt. I was happy since I am Alumni. He said, "Oh no, I wear a lot of college shirts, it doesn't matter!" I liked him instantly. I loved hearing Howard stories of reading the sports page cover to cover and back again, of his teams, Poonie stories, and how he made you smile Debbie. Thank you Lord for giving Debbie 10 years of happiness with Howard.

  16. Vicky Gates says:
    19 Jul 2012
    Debbie, Howard was a SUPERman! He loved you and showed you his love in so many ways. What a blessing to have a kind, caring, gentle, giving, respectful, generous Christ-like husband!!! He was a gem in the way he loved and served with Special Olympics also. He will be missed by so many but his love and influence will continue.

  17. Michelle Woody says:
    18 Jul 2012
    Howard will be missed so much. He was an amazing grandfather and an amazing example. I am so blessed to have had him in my life. He always had a way of making everyone laugh with his silliness. He loved to play with the kids and the kids loved to play and scare their "Poonie". He will NEVER be forgotten!! We Love You!

  18. Niles Ross says:
    18 Jul 2012
    Howard was a good man and an amazing grandfather to my children. I know he is at peace in heaven.We all miss you Howie.

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