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Michael Lawrence Jacobs, a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and compassionate OB/GYN physician, passed away at the age of 83 in Rochester, NY on June 19. He was known for his unwavering commitment to both his family and patients. Throughout his remarkable 55-year-long career in clinical care, Michael worked at Genesee Hospital and Rochester General, leaving a lasting impact on the medical community and the countless lives he touched.

Born with a passion for his chosen field, Michael’s proudest accomplishment was his work as a physician. Despite reaching the age where most would retire, he stubbornly continued to practice medicine because of his deep care and affection for his patients. The joy he experienced from delivering thousands of babies was a testament to his commitment to his profession and the happiness it brought him. It was not uncommon to run into patients and the children he delivered all around Rochester who would comment on their fond memories of his care.

Michael also had a distinguished military career, having served as a physician in the Air Force with the rank of major. His dedication to his country and his desire to serve others extended beyond his civilian practice.

While his career was of utmost importance to him, Michael’s family always came first. He was married to his beloved wife Shelley Jacobs for 60 years, and their enduring partnership was a testament to their love and commitment. Shelley admired his passion for his work and the strong and stable life they built together. Michael instilled his values in his family, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Michael was a devoted father to his sons Craig and Bradley Jacobs, who brought him immense joy and pride. He also cherished his relationships with his daughter-in-law Dana Irvis and his sons-in-law Aaron Nunes and Atsmon Ganor. His granddaughters Olivia and Ayanna Jacobs held a special place in his heart, and he cherished every moment spent with them, particularly during holidays and vacations. Michael loved his extended family including his siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Outside of his medical career and family life, Michael had a variety of interests that enriched his life. He enjoyed playing golf and skiing, finding solace and excitement in these activities. He was an avid reader and took pleasure in solving the New York Times crossword puzzle. Music, especially opera, held a special place in his heart, and he was known to shed tears every time La Boheme played. In fact, he even built a television to enhance his musical experiences.

Michael’s gentle and laidback personality endeared him to all who knew him. He possessed an easygoing nature and was quick to forgive, accepting people for who they were. It was this genuine approach that endeared him to his patients, who valued his direct yet compassionate care. His calmness allowed him to be steady in difficult times and one of his colleagues described him as “human valium” that calmed everyone around him when stressful problems arose.

Michael studied medicine and lived in Bologna, Italy with Shelley. While there Michael became fluent in Italian and developed an appreciation for the simple joys of life. He cherished his time spent there and developed a fondness for Cacio e Peppe. And while not known for his cooking, he did make his own Spaghetti Rustica for special family occasions. Though he hoped to return to Italy for his 80th birthday, the recent pandemic hindered his plans. However, the memories of his time in Italy remained etched in his heart.

Michael was a member of Temple Sinai, finding solace and inspiration in the services led by Rabbi Debbi Till. He was also grateful for the exceptional care he received from the staff at the Jewish Home,  the Neurology and Palliative Care teams at Strong Memorial Hospital, and the Shepherd Home. Their compassion and expertise brought him comfort during his final days.

While Michael’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of his entire family, they find solace in knowing that he was comfortable and at peace. His memory will be cherished, and the legacy of his compassionate care and genuine love for others will continue to inspire all who knew him.

Graveside Services will be held on THURSDAY June 22, 2023 at 10 AM in White Haven Memorial Park. Family and friends are asked to gather at the Main Entrance. CLICK HERE for a map to the cemetery.

Donations may be made to Shepherd Home Hospice in Michael’s memory. CLICK HERE to donate online.

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