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Editorial: Harry Jacobson, RIP

As we were going to press, The Massapequan Observer received the same sad news as other local residents: Harry Jacobson, one of the giants of recent village history had passed away. From the time he moved to Massapequa in the early 1950s, Harry did more than just help to raise his growing family. He eagerly served the village in a range of capacities, providing leadership and educating a rising generation of leaders, also.

As a Boy Scout leader, one of his young charges, Gerard Giannattasio grew up to become a village judge. A dedicated public servant, Harry certainly wasn’t the retiring type. At a time when most men have ended their working days, he began a career in public service, serving first, on the Board of Zoning Appeals and then on the Board of Trustees, where he served right up until his passing earlier this week at age 89. As Mayor James Altadonna, Jr. relates, Harry, during the past two decades, was integral in moving the village forward. And so, we salute this longtime resident for going above and beyond in helping to make Massapequa the first-rate village it is today.