Family members and friends remembered Hastings resident H. Edward Jacobi as a fair and honest businessman who loved his family, carpet business, antique cars and Catholic faith.
Jacobi, 88, died Thursday at home.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Jacobi served in the U.S Army during World War II and settled in Hastings in 1950 after marrying Dolores Irene Mall, a Hastings native. The couple had seven children.
Tim Jacobi, who runs the family business started by his father, remembers him as a fair and firm businessman who loved his work and was committed to helping grow the city’s downtown area.
“He was always involved with Chamber work,” Tim said. “Downtown Business Improvement district work became part of what he did.
“He was always very firm and fair, very shrewd and prudent, and yet very honest businessman. He was a very hard worker. It was nothing for him to come in at 7 a.m. and still be here at 9 p.m. getting the bid put out.”