Richard Jacobson

CASCO — Richard (Jake, R.J., Rick) Jacobson, 47, of Casco died Oct. 9, 2010. While out target practicing, he was shot accidentally by another and died tragically in the arms of his son on Rattlesnake Mountain, which was one of his favorite spots near Coffee Pond.

He was born in Portland on June 7, 1963, the son of Theresa Carlos-Jacobson and the late Ronald Jacobson. “Jake” grew up in Westbrook where he was a star football player from Tuffy League through high school. He was an avid sportsman and a member of track, swimming and basketball teams, graduating from Westbrook High in 1982. He was outgoing and had many friends throughout his life. He apprenticed in the building trades with his cousin Ray Morency and after began his own construction business, R.J. Builders and sons. Rick was a master carpenter who built many quality homes, did renovations and roofing work.

He is survived by two sons, Griffin Jacobson, age 12 and Grant Jacobson, age 9. The boys and their dad enjoyed all things outdoors, fishing, hiking in the woods, motorcycling riding, skiing, boating, football, soccer, softball, swimming, and basketball. Rick made time to attend the boys sporting events. A note was found in which Rick wrote, “Sports help to build character, teaches them to work with others, respect for elders and coaches, teaching the value of winning and losing, setting goals, homework and practice as well as keeping them healthy.” Griffin and Grant meant everything to him; he was a great father who loved his kids and was a devoted parent.

His sister Debbie Jacobson would visit him from South Lake Tahoe, Calif. for all the fun activities in Maine with Rick, Griffin and Grant. They also made several trips to Tahoe to ski and have fun there. He and Debbie went on a rafting expedition in the Grand Canyon that was the trip of a lifetime. Rick enjoyed family dinners, cookouts, was a great host.

He leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncles, family members and friends who will miss him greatly including Dianne Dunn of South Windham who is the mother of his children.

Richard believed in God and is with him now. A Christian Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Windham, 919 Roosevelt Trail, on Friday, Oct. 15. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway, in South Portland. A celebration of his life was held Saturday at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco (followed by a visit to Hacker’s Hill cross, which Rick called “the God Place.” He brought his family there).

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