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Valery “Val” Jakubowitch

April 21, 1941 - March 27, 2020

Valery Jakubowitch, fondly known as “Val”, age 78, of Townsend, DE, passed away after a heart attack while bike riding on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Born in Ukraine, USSR on April 21, 1941, he was the son of the late Alexander and Alexandra (Romanov) Jakubowitch. Val’s parents, he and his grandmother escaped and passed through Europe during the war. After, they lived in Belgium where he went to school, learning French. Val spoke several languages. They were accepted into the USA in 1951, they struggled as immigrants often do. Eventually Val was able to attend Worchester Polytechnic Institute, University of Connecticut and Temple University (MA), earning his doctorate in Education Administration. Teaching was his calling. Val spent most of his career teaching math and computer science in Philadelphia. He loved fishing, biking, playing duplicate bridge (Sapphire Life Master) and to travel.

Val is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, RoseAnn M. (Ferroni) Jakubowitch; children, CatherineAnn Jakubowitch, MD (Rick Kostelnik, MD) and Andrew Jakubowitch, PE (Erin); and 5 grandchildren.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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6 Guestbook messages for Valery “Val” Jakubowitch

  • So very sorry for your loss. We will miss him at NNY Duplicate Bridge Club. If we ever get to play at Ives again, please stop in.

  • Sandy and family we are so sorry for your loss. Ray was always upbeat, loved life and was always fun to be around. We will always remember the parties where he wore his patriotic red, white and blue Uncle Sam hat and served frozen drinks. He was always there to pitch in, even if he wasn’t feeling 100%.

    We wish you our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

  • So sorry, Val will be missed at the MOT Duplicate Bridge Club. I would often see Val riding his bike on the country roads, he would often pass our house along his way.

  • RoseAnn:
    I am so sorry to hear about Val’s passing. Although we didn’t see eye to eye on many things, I did enjoy his company and am grateful for taking me under his wing several times. I recall my first trip to Canada with Val and catching my first Lake trout along with numerous Northern Pike. I also recall deer hunting with hin in PA near high bridge in Spring Brook. I wish you and your family well.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Val’s death. He was so much fun to play bridge with.

  • So sorry to just have found out about Val’s passing. We were partners many times in bridge. We played several times in Syracuse and sometimes stayed at his cabin on Lake Erie- which he built. I have many stories about Val and myself during our playing bridge. Condolence to Rose and family.