“Better than most.”
That’s how the family of 27-year-old Zachary Jacobi remember him in an obituary.
Jacobi was the mountain biker who died of injuries he sustained after crashing on a downhill trail at Blue Mountain on Aug. 7.
“He was staunchly ethical, scrupulously compassionate, and possessed of unbelievable personal integrity,” states the obituary.
The descriptive words are themselves a tribute to the young man who was known among friends and family as a “gateway librarian,” having a large personal book collection and a “preternatural” memory.
“He delighted in showing how well he knew the people he cared about by loaning them books that they couldn’t put down,” said the obituary. “Zachary wrote over a million words, about everything from Star Wars to Hannah Arendt.”
Jacobi was from Brantford, and worked in Kitchener at Alert Labs.
His family remembers him for never missing a Christmas or birthday.
“When all four Jacobis got together … something about it always felt right,” reads the obituary. “We love him.”
Jacobi loved biking the Hydrocut, Dungeons and Dragons, thunderstorms, and “understanding the world.”
There will be a memorial service on Aug. 16.