Jakab Schafer Sept. 26, 1929 – Dec. 22, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jakab Schafer on December 22, 2015 with his family by his side at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

He is survived by: Maria his loving wife of 65 years; two sons: Gabor (Patti), Zoltan and one daughter Carol (John) all of Port Alberni and eight grandchildren: Trevor, Natalie, Stefanie, Isaac, Malika, Kyla, Tyren and Damon and one great granddaughter: Keeley.

Jakab was born in Hogyesz, Hungary in 1929 and immigrated to Canada along with his wife Maria and Son Gabor in December 1956 during the revolution. They settled in Port Alberni in early 1957 after landing in St John New Brunswick by boat and raised their family in Port Alberni. Jakab was employed in various positions working in the Somass for five years for West Coast Freight, Tom Bros. and other trucking jobs before settling in the Alberni Pulp Mill for 25 years until his retirement. Jakab was a kind and loving person a devoted family person and made a lasting impression on everyone that knew him. His passion was playing the accordion and soccer. Jakab played, coached and was a referee for many years in the Valley for the men’s and minor soccer leagues. He was also a volunteer driver for Fir Park Village and enjoyed driving the bus for Jack Tire Men’s Soccer Club’s.

A Celebration of Life for Jakab will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Port Alberni Black Sheep Rugby Club, 3460 Argyle Street, Port Alberni.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jakab’s memory can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. of BC, #360 – 1385 W. 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V9 or West Coast General Hospital, 3949 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1.

Arrangements (cremation) in care of Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors, Port Alberni.

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