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Harry Jacobson, BOT Member, Dies

The Village of Massapequa Park was stunned this past week by the death of Harry Jacobson, a longtime member of the board of trustees. Jacobson was 89 years old.

According to published reports, Jacobson died after a brief illness.

Jacobson had served on the board of trustees for the past decade, said Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna, Jr. Prior to that, he had served from 1990-1999 as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1999, he briefly served as a member of the BOT. Then in 2001, he was appointed to serve on the BOT again, following the passing of a sitting member, Bob Wilcox. There, Jacobson would be elected to six terms.

In addition, Jacobson was one of the founding members of the Massapequa Lions Club. Along with his wife, Jessie, he volunteered at BOCES for over three decades.

Jacobson had lived in Massapequa since the early 1950s, where he and his wife raised their children. Jacobson is survived by his wife, their children, plus a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“He was a special person, just [a] very giving, very caring individual,” Mayor Altadonna told The Massapequan Observer. “His caring nature and leadership will be missed on the board. Harry strongly believed in the community. He always wanted the best for everybody. I’ll miss him greatly.”

Jacobson, Mayor Altadonna related, had lived in Massapequa so long that he had served as a Scout leader for current Village Judge Gerard Giannattasio.

Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Pravato also praised his colleague.

“He was a great man,” Pravato said. “He’d do anything for anybody. He was like a grandfather to me and my children. He was a big asset to the village.”

A memorial service was held for Jacobson earlier this week at the Massapequa Funeral Home North Chapel.