[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 07:46:29 :

Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, August 28, 1982

Julius Jacob; Civic Center vendor

Julius Jacob of San Rafael, who came to know hundreds of employees and visitors at the Marin Civic Center during the 11 years he operated the news and candy stand there, died today at Kaiser Hospital.

Jacob, who was 76, became operator of the little store in 1970 after receiving training from the state Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. He had lost his sight in 1959.

He ran the stand with never-failing old world courtesy until the end of 1980, when ill health forced him to retire. In his training he had learned to recognize coins by touch but often asked someone with a familiar voice to verify the amount of a bill.

He opened the stand in the main lobby of the Hall of Justice but later the county administrator allowed him to move to a corner of the cafeteria, where he sold newspapers, magazines, paperbacks, snacks and cigarettes.

It was a second career for Jacob, a cosmopolitan who knew his way around Europe. He was born and raised in Germany, but he and his wife, Helene, moved to France to escape Nazi persecution in the 1930s.

They lived in Lisle until the Germans invaded France in 1941. Since he had relatives in Pennsylvania, he went there to continue a career in the hay and grain trade.

The couple moved to San Rafael in the 1950s.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Marin Independent Journal
Monday, August 30, 1982
Page 4

Julius Jacob

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Petaluma for Julius Jacob of San Rafael, retired Marin Civic Center newsstand vendor.

Jacob, who was 76, died Saturday at Kaiser Hospital.

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