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Eric Carl Jacobson, Sr.

January 30, 1945 ~ September 8, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Eric Carl Jacobson, Sr. of Colchester, passed away on September 8, 2023, due to complications of a rare muscular disorder known as Inclusion Body Myositis, which he battled courageously for 18 years.  He was 78 years old.  Eric was born on January 30, 1945, in Worcester, MA, the son of the late Carl and Bernice (Hotchkiss) Jacobson.  Eric grew up in Thompson, attended high school at Tourtellotte Memorial High School and then went on to earn a BA from Central CT State College.  He joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years during the Vietnam era.   He married his beloved wife, Barbara Kolp in the Fort Myer Military Chapel in Arlington, VA on March 14, 1970.  After serving active duty, they moved to Colchester in 1972, settling in, making their home and raising their family.  Eric went to work for the Travelers Insurance Company as a corporate tax accountant, retiring after more than a 40-year successful career there.  The couple embarked on a marriage filled with love, devotion, and adventure for over 53 years.  Eric became an active member of the Colchester community.  He was involved with his sons and many of the youth in Colchester, serving on the Youth Services Bureau, helping with Recreation Little League Baseball and Midget Football, and Boy Scouts as well.   Eric loved music and he played the guitar and banjo.  He was an avid reader and always had a book going.  He enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Patriots play.  He was a long-time member, past president, and past treasurer of the former Colchester Farmers Club.  Most notably, he was an active and devoted member of the Colchester Lions Club.  Eric Joined the Lions in 1977, working diligently, he earned the distinguished Melvin Jones Fellow award in 1989.  He was the Lions 23C District Governor from 1994 – 1995 and he also was the recipient of the Lions International Leadership Medal. He was a true and loyal man of service.  His accomplishments, leadership and service to others will not soon be forgotten. His passing will be mourned by all whose lives he touched, especially his loving wife, Barbara, his children, Eric Jacobson, Jr. and partner Verna and Paul Jacobson, of Colchester; his grandchildren, Ashley Herbert and husband Craig of Levant, ME, Alicia Jacobson of Denver, CO; great grandchildren, Annabelle, Owen and Logan; a sister, Constance Carpenter of Thompson; a brother, Edward of Jamaica Plain, MA; and a host of extended family members and friends.  In addition to his parents, Eric was predeceased by a brother, Lewis Jacobson and a sister, Kristin Miller. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 18th from 1 – 3 PM at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester, with military honors at 3 PM.  A reception will follow at St. Joseph’s Polish Society in Colchester.  Burial will be held privately at a later date.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Colchester Lions Club Scholarship Fund, P.O.Box 423, Colchester, CT 06415 or to the Inclusion Body Myositis Association   To sign the online guest book or share a memory of Eric for his family, please visit  


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September 18, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home
167 Old Hartford Road
Colchester, CT

Military Honors
September 18, 2023

3:00 PM
Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home
167 Old Hartford Road
Colchester, CT


Colchester Lions Club Scholarship Fund
PO. Box 423, Colchester CT 06415

Inclusion Body Myositis Association


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