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Mr. Jeffrey A. Jakub

March 29, 1943 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 78)

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Mr. Jeffrey A. Jakub of Washington, N.C. entered into eternal rest at his home on November 12, 2021.

Jeffrey A. Jakub died while holding his wife’s hand early Friday morning, after battling Glioblastoma “GBM” stage 4 primary brain cancer.

Born in Rahway, NJ, preceded in death by parents, Joe & Millie (Gilbert) and brother Joe (Georgette).  Survived by wife Rima Cohen, son Todd (Hilary) grandchildren Nathan, Peter, Rachael and Amelia and daughter Jill (Clay Wilde) granddaughter Sarah, sister Michelle, nephew Jay (Eleni), niece Joanne (David) and families.

Graduated top of his class for fashion illustration from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art (NYU). 

Creative director for Clothes Magazine, Roots Mens Store, Quinn & Associates.  Freelanced for Hart Schaffner & Marx, Haband, Haggar, Panama Jack, Needell’s Shoes, The Fair and countless others. Illustrated for Vogue, McColl and Simplicity patterns.  Collaborated with Donatella & Gianni Versace.  

Signature Member American Watercolor Society, Master Signature Member Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Signature Member South Carolina Watercolor Society. Awarded over 250 awards including: Nell Storer Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Society, two Gold Medallion Grumbacher Awards, prizes and honors each year at Arts of the Pamlico Show and Best in Show at the North Carolina State Fair, which he won out of 2500 entries in the exhibit. Named Who’s Who in American Art.  Past President of NC Watercolor Society, Brushstrokes, Pamlico Plantation Board of Directors, Arts of the Pamlico and served on many boards.

Taught at Spectrum Institute, Pitt and Beaufort counties.

Designed the Beaufort County Flag in front of the Courthouse and Joe Pecheles logo,

the satirical foodie crab at the waterfront. Designed both his wife’s and daughter’s wedding gowns.

Was camera-ready and said, “I see the beauty of things and have a desire to share it with others”.

Had great fashion sense.  He evoked a certain energy when he entered a room and possessed a quick wit and called himself, “a sit-down comedian”.  Through his love of Opera, he became a clever linguist.

His brain has been donated for research purposes to East Carolina Medical School. 

Donations can be made to Arts of the Pamlico.  

Arrangements provided by Heavenly Arms Family Mortuary & Cremation Services LLC, Washington

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