Chad A. Jacobs, 45, of Westport, husband of Karen and father to Taylor, 13, and Mac, 9, died June 11, 2010, surrounded by loved ones, after a battle with cancer.

Born on Sept. 24, 1964, in Harrisburg, Pa., he moved to Fairfield with his family when he was 2 years old. He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School (Prep). At Prep, he was a member of the 1980-81 Connecticut State Division I championship team and co-captain of the 198 --82 season hockey team. He graduated from Prep in 1982.

Jacobs married Karen in 1994 and moved to Westport shortly thereafter to start a family. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he was captain of the men's hockey team and received a bachelor's of arts degree in economics in 1986. He attended Schiller Institute in Heidleburg, Germany, and University of Munich. Jacobs received his MBA from the University of Connecticut.

He began his career at G.X. Clarke Municipal Bond Co. and later at Ladenburg Thalman in the equity research department, where he spent several years analyzing the footwear, apparel and retail sectors. He then spent two years as a senior equity analyst and managing director at BT Alex Brown. On Wall Street, he was credited as the first analyst to recognize the unique demographics and spending power associated with the Gen X youth market and he created a research universe dedicated solely to that investment thesis.

In 1998, Jacobs co-founded ICR Inc. with his lifelong friends and fellow Fairfield Prep class of '82 alumni, Tom Ryan and the late John Flanagan. ICR is a financial communications consulting firm specializing in investor and media relations, crisis management and digital media. In 2010, ICR was ranked the sixth largest independent communications firm in the country and second largest in the financial communications category.

Jacobs served as co-CEO and as a member of the board of directors, and built the company to include offices in Norwalk; Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Beijing, China. He was an executive board member of the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation.

He was the coach of his son's hockey team at Wonderland of Ice this past season and to other Wonderland hockey teams in prior years. An avid fisherman, he loved to fish the waters of Old Mill Beach, Block Island, Montauk, their pond in Vermont, and as a child in Canada and Pennsylvania. He was a fiercely competitive tennis player who often tormented his opponent on the court. And always, Jacobs was the life of the party -- making sure he and everyone else was having the time of their lives.

In addition to his wife and children, Jacobs is survived by his parents, Donald and Ginny Jacobs of Fairfield; his in-laws, George and Judy Sterling of Westport; Karen's sisters and their husbands, Lee and Jim Saveliff and Kelly and Grant Pollard; his nieces, Katie, Maddie and Julia Saveliff, and Kaeleigh Pollard, all of Westport; and many cousins and hundreds of friends.

Funeral services will take place at the Jacobs' home at 6 Sleigh Ridge, Westport, on Wednesday, June 16, at 3 p.m. (Please park at the former ICR offices at 450 Post Road E., Westport. Shuttle buses will be provided to and from the house.); interment will be private. The family will receive friends at Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, on Tuesday, June 15, from 4 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Chad A. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 414, Southport, Connecticut 06890.

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