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June 18, 1928 – Feb. 2, 2013

Despite his skills on the gridiron, Raymond J. Jacobi turned down a career as a professional football player, choosing instead to spend a decade working in his family’s clothing business and later as an insurance agent. Mr. Jacobi died Saturday in his Williamsville home. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a star football player at both St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College, where he was a three-time member of the All-Little Three team and was chosen by area sportswriters as the most valuable player in 1947.

In 1950, he was honored as the “ideal Canisius man,” for scholastic achievement, moral character and outstanding contributions to extracurricular activities.

Despite being recruited by the Los Angeles Rams while still a student at Canisius, Mr. Jacobi chose to remain in Western New York. From 1950 to 1960, he worked in his family’s clothing business, Martin Jacobi Clothiers.

He then went to work as an insurance agent with Allstate Insurance, from which he retired as a senior account agent in 1995. During his tenure with Allstate, Mr. Jacobi earned numerous awards for his service to more than 5,000 clients.

Mr. Jacobi was elected to the Canisius College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and was a part of the 1949 Canisius College football team at its induction in 2010.

He was elected to St. Joe’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

He also was a founding member and longtime volunteer at St. Amelia Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, where he served as Eucharistic minister, finance committee member and chairman of the School Board.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Suzanne Poortem; a son, Raymond J.; three daughters, Suzanne Franjione, Maureen Chambers and Deborah Jacobi-Rodriguez; and two brothers, Martin Jr. and Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.