James Jakiel
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Obituary of James Jakiel

Jim was the type of man who cared deeply for the people in his life. When he met the love of his life, Rita, when she was 17, Rita didn’t know how much her brother’s friend would come to mean to her. Jim was best friends with Rita’s twin brother since their high school years, and despite her family assuring her that Jim liked her, she just didn’t see it. The pair tied the knot in 1999, and together raised their little family of cats that they both absolutely adored.

Jim was a passionate man, and he had a great deal of hobbies that he held close to his heart. From boating to listening to the Rolling Stones to learning about forensic medicine, Jim’s passions were widespread. His favorite topic to learn about, however, was astronomy, both in real life and in science fiction. He was a huge Star Trek fan, even having Spock on his answering machine saying the iconic line, “Live long and prosper”. Jim was also fortunate enough to watch the historic solar eclipse this past summer. Please take a glow in the dark star to always remember Jim’s passion, and to remind yourself that even in the darkest of times, his love will still shine for you.


Jakiel, James R. "Jake" February 13, 2018 of Angola, NY. Beloved husband of Rita (nee Sellers) Jakiel; devoted son of Thomas (Mary Jane) and late Joanne (nee Walczak) Jakiel; cherished brother of Ken (Andrea), Larry, Linda (Bob) Jordan, Paul (Lynne), Sue, John (Lori), and Chuck Jakiel; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received at the LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919 on Thursday and Friday from 4 – 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at Most Precious Blood Church, Angola, NY at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Entombment at Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nine Lives Foundation. Online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.