Richard "Rick" Godfrey Jacobus, Jr. passed to Eternal Life on September 7, 2021. Born to Richard Godfrey and Carolyn Royer Jacobus on November 3, 1961, Rick is survived by his daughter Carolyn and her mother Anne van Eijk, his loving mother Carolyn Jacobus, his adoring sisters Nancy (Peter) Bach, Barbara (Merrick) Wells, Kathy Sue Jacobus, Marcy (Tom) Coker and Susanna Jacobus, fourteen nieces and nephews, fourteen cousins and many valued friends. Rick is preceded by and is at peace in heaven with his father, Richard Godfrey Jacobus, whom he loved dearly and his grandparents.
Rick grew up in Elm Grove and River Hills, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University School of Milwaukee in 1980, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Babson College (1984) and Master of Information Science (2003) as well as Master of Business Administration (2004) from The Pennsylvania State University. Rick resided in Boston, Massachusetts after a number of years spent in Chicago, Charlotte and London. Upon his graduation from Babson, Rick was proud to join the Bank of Boston in corporate lending. He went on to build a distinguished career as a Senior Project Manager in the financial services and technology sectors with positions at Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Financial Group and U.S. Bank.
Rick’s upbringing was full of joy and pride. He excelled at sports and notably was admired for his sportsmanship. Rick’s eight years at Red Arrow Camp on Trout Lake in northern Wisconsin, spending two months each summer, were significant to the formation of his lifelong bonds of friendship as well as his goals to live a life of integrity. At Red Arrow Camp, Rick continued the tradition set by his Dad and uncles, along with his male cousins to fulfill the Camp motto, ‘Don’t Wait to Be a Great Man, Be a Great Boy’. Affirming this resolve, Rick was recognized as ‘Honor Camper’ summer after summer and bestowed the ‘Friendship Cup’ twice. In high school at USM, Rick could always be counted on as a team player on the soccer field and basketball court. Joining the family at Coon’s Franklin Lodge after camp, Rick delighted everyone with his waterskiing abilities including his famous barefoot beach start. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, tennis, golf and, in later years, long runs in and around Boston. As the only boy between three older and younger twin sisters, Rick was chief of mischief and fun at home, commandeering help with his chores in exchange for brotherly protection and advice. As the years passed, Rick was supportive of his sisters, parents and good friends in the most genuine of ways. His intuition as to what would be an ideal birthday or Christmas gift was unmatched. These attributes of sincerity and thoughtfulness by which Rick lived, along with his wonderful smile, will be dearly missed by all.
Rick was dedicated to his father’s business endeavors. He once remarked, ‘I enjoyed watching my father and how his voice was so respected in the community’. This undoubtedly contributed to the foundation of Rick’s own business career. He was honored to hold his father’s name and uphold his ideals. Rick always delighted in sharing his joys and accomplishments with his mother whom he loved with all his heart. Most important to Rick was his daughter, Carolyn Anne Jacobus, born June 28, 2017. Rick found great purpose in caring for her every need. The memories formed in those years will forever warm our hearts. Rick established a strong foundation for Carolyn and will be remembered as her loving and devoted Dad.
Rick was a member of the Milwaukee Country Club and numerous professional and alumni organizations. In Boston, Rick took interest in charitable organizations focused on children, youth mentoring and environmental initiatives.
Rick’s life was a blessing to us all as he lived a life with and for others.
A private memorial service at the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa and internment at the Wisconsin Memorial Park will take place on Tuesday, September 28th. A reception in celebration of Rick’s life, open to all friends and family, will be held later that day, September 28th, 5:30pm at the Milwaukee Country Club, 8000 N. Range Line Road, River Hills, WI 53217. Donations in Rick’s memory can be directed to Boston Children’s Museum Helping Hands Campaign, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210, or Project 351, 50 Congress Street, Suite 351, Boston, MA 02109
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