Jacob Gubbay

Jacob David Gubbay

Friday, February 22nd, 1935 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Scholar, Athlete, Humanist

The coronavirus took his life, but his memory and deeds live on.

Jacob grew up in India, son of Violette Zilkha and David Gubbay. He was valedictorian of his class at the Cathedral School in India. With a Sassoon Scholarship, Jacob emigrated to the United States to attend MIT in the Class of 1956. He received a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He was a materials scientist at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge and at Honeywell for 25 years.

Jacob was also a consultant and teacher throughout his career. He held US patents as co-inventor of several metallurgical components. He belonged to many organizations and was a dedicated swimmer, maintaining lifelong fitness.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Janet, of 49 years, and his devoted sister, Angela, and her husband, Jack Brown, of Long Island, New York. He also leaves behind many aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jacob and Janet lived in Cambridge, North Andover, Winchester, and Melrose.

Jacob made a positive difference in the lives of all who knew him. He encouraged others to believe in themselves and he helped them accomplish their goals.

Donations in Jacob’s memory may be made to Temple Beth Shalom, 21 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176, or to the Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund at
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    Sharon Memorial Park
    40 Dedham St.
    SHARON, MA 02067
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Marc Zauderer

Posted at 09:21am
My wife Joan and I often walk past Jake's and Janet's old house in Winchester and are reminded of fond memories of them both. I don't remember if they were founding members of Shir Tikvah in Winchester but, if not, they were active very early. Jake and I were on the ritual committee together and ,with his Sephardic background, taught us all and was an important influence on the development of the temple's rituals and customs. Joan and I were the first couple within the congregation to be married after the formation of Shir Tikvah and Jake and Janet generously hosted a celebration on our behalf some days before the wedding. We still use the seder plate that given to us as a gift. To Janet, we wish you comfort in this time of sadness and loss and, at this moment, isolation. Take strength from our thoughts of you. Jake's life is a blessing.

Marc Zauderer
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Sharon Solomon

Posted at 11:47am
Janet, Rich and I are so sorry to hear of Jake's passing. I remember being enthralled by his stories of growing up. It's been years, but I fondly remember our bat mitzvah class with Ellen, Bea, and Roberta. I hope you are well. May his memory be for a blessing.
Sharon Solomon

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