John A. Jacobs, 64, postal worker, fisherman

October 28, 2003

John A. Jacobs, a retired postal worker and avid fisherman, died of cancer Friday at his Woodbine home. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Jacobs was raised in Woodlawn and Arbutus and attended Catonsville High School. He served as an Air Force radar operator from 1956 to 1960 and was assigned to the service's Distant Early Warning System.

After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Jacobs became a letter carrier for what is now the U.S. Postal Service. For 34 years, until retiring in 1995, he walked a route in Halethorpe delivering mail.

Mr. Jacobs enjoyed fishing, and in 1973 set a state record when he caught a 1-pound, 4-ounce white perch in a Woodlawn pond. He was also a Ravens fan and enjoyed watching sporting events.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Sheridan R. Bowen; two sons, Eric W. Jacobs of Westminster and John R. Jacobs of Hanover, Pa.; two daughters, Linda D. Rowe of Ellicott City and Jacqueline M. Jacobs of Los Angeles; a sister, Janet Sraver of Hampstead; and seven grandchildren.

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