The loss of a local businessman after a fatal car accident last night has people in Peoria mourning the loss of their friend and humanitarian. While the single vehicle crash is still under investigation, those close to Paul Jacob describe him as a man who always wanted everyone around him to be having a good time and his contagious smile will be missed greatly.
When asked what Paul Jacob meant to Peoria, a friend of Paul, Philip Lockwood’s answer was an easy one.
“Paul was probably one of the most important figures in Central Illinois for the last 20 some years.”
Lockwood said Paul cared tremendously abut supporting his local community.
“You can go through virtually every charitable organization in Central Illinois and if you look at the list of sponsors and supporters, Brewers name and the Jacob name will be there.”
The accident that claimed his life occurred Tuesday night around 5:45 p.m. in Rural Peoria County. The coroner says Jacob was driving alone when his car veered off the roadway and believes he died instantly.
Described by those close to him as a quiet leader , Paul supported those close to him loyally.
“He offered that encouragement always saying we’ve always got your back, we’re always there.”
He says though they are crushed by this news he believes the Jacob family is very resilient and will come together to support each other during this difficult time. A life lost so suddenly, those close to him wish they could have one final day to say what they always felt.
” I love you … and we said that often too.”