According to the 1940 Weaver High School yearbook, he neglected homework to enjoy baseball. He was wounded in action twice during the Allied invasion of occupied France in 1944. During his life-long work as a painting contractor in his family's business he was the one with a Rosedale cigar. And when the Beatles premiered on TV in 1964, he would mimic Ringo's head bob to his children. This was Raymond Jacobs, Sr., who passed on October 3, 2016. Born on September 9, 1922, in New Britain, Connecticut, his parents, Samuel and Rebecca Jacobs, were Assyrian immigrants, uprooted from Urmia, Persia following the outbreak of WW I. Ray enlisted in 1942, part of the Company M 315th Infantry. An expert sharpshooter, he participated in the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns. He received two medals, two Purple Hearts, and two ribbons. In 1949, Ray married Mary Ann Fago in Hartford and they raised five children. The family moved to Windsor and, in 1967, divorced. Ray continued living in Windsor and, after the painting business was closed in 2009, he retired. Ray is survived by several children; Douglas Michael Jacobs and his wife, Maria, of New Britain, Susan Register and her husband, Michael, of Windsor, and Stanley Jacobs and his wife, Ping, of Los Angeles. His surviving grandchildren are Amanda Marie Jacobs, Rebecca and Samuel Jacobs and Patrick Mitchell. His surviving great-grandchildren are Jeremiah and Jazzeah Mitchell-Rivera. Ray is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Baranski, of Newington. He was predeceased by his brothers, William, James B. and Edward Jacobs. A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:00 AM, in the Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. Carmon Windsor Funeral Home has care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars ( www.vfw.org ). To leave on-line condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com .
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