Jacob “Bob” Brain
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, NJ – Jacob “Bob” Brain, 93, of Holland Township, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Born July 15, 1923 in Clifton, NJ, he was the son of the late John and Estelle Brain.
Bob grew up during the depression and loved working on a farm. He served in the US Army during WWII and then married his sweetheart, Doris Smith in 1945. They were married over 71 years! Bob started as a lineman for the telephone company and proceeded up the ranks until he taught entry level employees. He loved to teach. Bob was an avid fisherman all his life, and he and Doris would fish most of the lakes and rivers in NJ, but would travel the US to such places as Wyoming for the elusive trout, taking their kids and grandkids whenever possible.
Bob and Doris were very active, prominent members in the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, NJ, singing in the choir, as well as providing other services as needed. Another enjoyment was being an actor and set designer for the Riegel Ridge Community Players. He and Doris were founding members, and he spent many a late night making and finishing up the designs for plays such as Brigadoon, Oklahoma, How to Succeed, and South Pacific. But it wasn’t until he retired that Bob found his true love, water color painting. He took classes himself, but when Hunterdon County office on Aging asked him to teach a class, he readily accepted. He then went on to teach in his basement for years before passing the torch to Pam LaFevre.
Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Doris Brain, his three children, Darcy Jones of Milford, NJ, William of Bethlehem, PA, and Ted of Katy, TX, four grandkids, and two great grandkids.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11 AM at the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, 750 Belvidere Rd., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.