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Jacob Lieberherr

April 28, 1946 - January 30, 2014


Jake left the earth on January 31st.  He died at home as he wished and was “in the moment” right up to his last day.   What a champ.

 He grew up on a 200 acre dairy farm in London, Ontario– the youngest son of Rose Weber and Ernest Lieberherr from Switzerland.  He'll be missed by his surviving older brother, Sam, of St. Thomas, Ontario       

Jake had a love of music trivia which stemmed from listening to radio programs at night on the farm and while riding the tractor.  He loved an unusual book with an eye-popping title as he had a rather inquisitive  mind.  One of the last books he read was “The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out The Window And Kept On Going.”

Jake played music all his life.  Starting out with his mother's encouragement, he played pedal steel guitar and later, all styles of guitar.  His old Raven classical was still his favourite guitar to play over the years.  He was self-taught and had a beautiful way of playing guitar and will be missed for that.  In later years he took up the mandolin.  His taste in music was eclectic ranging from roots, folk, blues to country, rock 'n roll and jazz.  Occasionally he painted and enjoyed pen and ink cartooning too.  He was somewhat of a showman and liked singing the tunes of the '50's, especially Jerry Lee Lewis

He was president of his high school graduation class and to get votes made a splash by riding his motorized scooter into the school.

After graduation he hitchhiked the Route 66 to California because he was interested in the surfing culture.    There he worked in a carwash with people of all nationalities from Portugese to Mexican.  He also worked in a tannery, once applied for a job as
an elephant handler, fried burgers for A&W and worked in a half-way house for
drug rehabilitated youth in Ontario.

Jake worked for 23 years as a Federal Government employee in Victoria, B.C. 
He was a program coordinator dedicated to working with community groups and First Nations people.  Also he was the founder of “Jake and the Snakes” with the “Fabulous Snakettes” – who entertained at government functions.  He will be remembered by his colleagues for his wicked sense of humour and will be missed by many.   

He had many friends, young and old, from all walks of life and touched the lives of a great number of people.    A very generous man, he will be remembered for his big smile, big heart, hearty laugh, radical sense of humour as well as his vulnerability and kindness to others.

 Jake was a single parent most of his life, raising two daughters that he dearly loved Dylan and Sara.  It wasn't easy to do but he did his best with the skills he had.

Dad will be forever missed.  

His singing partner and wife, Judy-Ann, will treasure and miss him forever.    They formed a vocal performing duo and entertained often in the Cowichan Valley and for other events.  


For the past ten years Jake travelled in his retirement with Judy-Ann to countries such as Thailand, Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Mexico and lately Europe where they went to Italy, Turkey, Greece and France.  They had wondrous adventures in their motor home driving to Nashville and from the west coast to Newfoundland.  

Jake will also be missed by his stepson, Travis,  and his stepdaughter, Melinda (Trevor). “Grandpa Jake” will be missed by his grandchildren Hunter (5), Emily (2) and little Cassidy (5 months).

He will be fondly missed by Lorna Jackson, his other “Mom” from Cranbrook, B.C. as well as other close family and friends from the East Kootenays and Alberta.  

 Jake left the earth much as he lived his life- with amazing courage and tenacity.    He was described as “not a cookie-cutter patient” by some doctors because he took an active interest in his own test results and loved to keep the doctors on their toes.  A big thank you to Dr. Willie Jay Pewarchuk of Cowichan Valley for his ongoing care of Jake and to Dr. David Hepburn, of Victoria, who knew Jake for many years.

A memorial service will be held for Jake at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, B.C.

 Donations in Jake's name can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Vancouver Office, 1682 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 310, Vancouver, B.C.



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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Leslie Askew
Relation: My Friend's Husband

My deepest condolences to Judy-Ann, Dylan, Sarah, Sam, Trevor and Melinda, on the loss of your much-loved family member. He was such a wonderful, talented and interesting man.

From: Judy
Relation: friend

Farewell Jake. Truly a life well lived. Thank you for bringing so much joy and love into Judy Ann’s life. Rest easy now, and fly high with the angels.
Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He’d hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your hear

From: John C
Relation: Friend

Jake, you’ll be jamming with the best. Thanks for all the good times and sharing your life. You made a difference. Our Thoughts are with Judy-Ann , Dylan , Sara and the others in the family. Love, peace. John&Ki m.

From: Ken Lutes
Relation: friend

Condolences to Jake’s family and loved ones on this terrible loss. Though we lost contact in recent years, Jake was a good friend and work-mate in the 80s when I lived in Victoria and I’ll always be grateful for the laughs, the music and the thoughtfulness and kindness he brought into his daily life. I still consider myself an honorary associate of Jake & the Snakes and regret that we won’t have the chance to play again.

From: Andrews' Family
Relation: Son's Grandpa

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jake will be missed greatly. I am sure glad Hunter got to make so many wonderful memories with you Jake. He loves you so much and knows you will be watching him every minute of every day. Love from all of us.

From: Jack P
Relation: colleague

Condolences to Jake’s family and loved ones. I had the pleasure of working with Jake for several years ….he made positive a difference in the lives of many through both his work ….and his leisure activities. I still have a Jake and the Snakes tee shirt from a mid ’90’s bash! ….and a collection of guitars partly inspired by his influence. He will be missed.

From: McClung family
Relation: Stepdad/Grandpa

Jake… I wish I’d gotten to know you better in the time you were here and properly thank you for all the happiness and love you gave my mom. Our thoughts are with all of those grieving over this loss, especially Judy-Ann. Love and hugs from the McClungs.

From: Lorna Jackson
Relation: Mother-In-Law

To My Dear Daughter, Judy Ann and family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and best friend, Jake. He was a wonderful man, so full of caring and thoughtfulness. I will always remember how good he was to me and all of our family. He had such a tender heart and will be missed by all of us who knew him. Even though his guitar has stopped playing here on earth, his music will carry on forever.
With all of my love, Mom

From: Marian Meagher
Relation: friend

Although we lost touch over the years, I remember fondly those wonderful years we tried to make a difference in society. Thanks for the good times and your wonderful sense of humour. Fly high my friend. Condolences to loved ones.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 26, 2014
Beginning at 1:00am

HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada

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