Tribute to man with Irish charm

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A wellknown Wetherby resident has died aged 89 after a long illness.

Thomas Patrick Jacob was the youngest of seven children born in Dublin

His wife Margaret said: “He had that Irish charm that endeared him to everyone that met him.”

Tommy moved to Wetherby from Swansea 34 years ago and was regional manager for DVLC.

His great pleasures were writing, reading, his computer and his passion was railways.

He was a member of The Catenian Association

Several times he took the offices of President and Treasurer.

He was a former chairman of Collingham Retired Men’s Forum and due to ill health he resigned the office of Speaker Finder as recently as October 2011 after a mammoth 20 years.

It was said by the members ‘He was a legend in his time’.

Mrs Jacob added: “Tommy was never afraid to approach anyone he thought could give a interesting talk to the forum.

“His great coup was an approach he made to the late Lord Harewood who was pleased to come and meet Forum members and answered their questions on his life.

“The Forum found him delightful.”

Tommy enjoyed writing and was much in demand to write articles for several Parish magazines, the Wetherby News, and Catena magazine amongst others.

He reported on concerts given by The Elysian Singers, Treble Clef, and Wetherby Choral Society especially at the time of the Wetherby Festival.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

The Funeral is taking place today at 1pm St Josephs Church Wetherby .

It will be followed by interment at Sicklinghall Cemetery

“The Jacob family would like to thank all those who gave strength and wonderful care to Thomas during his long illness.

“Dr Paisley and her team on Granby Ward at Harrogate District Hosptal, and to the clergy who so dilligently visited Tommy giving him spiritual guidance.”

Donations in lieu of flowers will be gratefully received cheques made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support .