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Edwin M. Jacques

July 28, 1930 - August 21, 2019

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EDWIN “WIN”, “ED” MILO JACQUES of Portland, Oregon

July 28, 1930 – August 21, 2019

On the afternoon of August 21, 2019 Ed passed away peacefully of natural causes at Providence Portland Medical Center comforted by his wife, Debi. Ed was 89 years old. He is now in the arms of Jesus.

Ed was born in the town of Windsor, Massachusetts on July 28, 1930.

Edwin was married to Debi Jacques (Nielsen) on September 23, 1995 at New Hope Community Church by Pastor Jewel Collins. Edwin always said that these were the happiest years of his life. They were married twenty-four years.

Edwin’s father worked as a lumberjack and played baseball every season much to his family’s dismay as he missed harvesting the crops on the farm. Ed learned his love for baseball from his father and became a lifelong Braves fan. Some of his fondest memories are of his father and him playing catch in their backyard. His mother was a great cook and Ed spent many hours in the kitchen, by her side helping with the canning. One of his favorite things was his mom’s canned watermelon rinds.

Ed graduated Pittsfield High School in Massachusetts, he is a graduate of Portland State University (PSU), New Hope School of Ministry and has done graduate work at PSU and The University of Portland. Ed and Rich Kraljev spent many hours leading people to the Lord.  He formed and belonged to many Tender Loving Care (T.L.C.)  groups in many different homes in Portland, The TLC’s were a time of fellowship and bible study. Many friendships were formed over the years. On August 17, 1987, after 18 years in Lay Pastor Ministry he became a New Regional Pastor in the Southside – Region 2. Ed became a Lay Pastor of the Year on August 17, 1987. Edwin taught many classes over years at New Hope.  On October 20, 2002 he became an Ordained Pastor and had the honor of officiating at many weddings and funerals.

After growing up in Pittsfield Massachusetts Ed joined the United States Air Force when he turned 18. He spent two years in his country’s service moving around the continental United States as a radio operator. This is where he met his best and lifelong friend, Al Padur. Over the years they shared homes and their love of sports cars. Al turned to motorcycles while Ed became an awesome writer and poet. He was published many times over. After taking numerous writing classes at Mount Hood Community College he joined a writer’s group, which met regularly in great friends, Fred and Mary Ramsey’s home, where they shared their love of poetry and wine. They met for many years. All three of them, along with Fred’s mother, Helen were selected to be published in the College’s yearly writing publication named “Perspectives.” Ed spent many of his retired years teaching a writing class at the Gresham Senior Center, where he met and mentored many wonderful friends.

During Ed’s working years he was an Engineer/Salesperson for many companies. He retired on July 28, 1995 the year he turned 65.

Ed enjoyed watching “Braves” baseball every season on Extra Innings with his wife. He loved playing golf and played many courses wherever and whenever he could. His favorite golf buddy was Gayle Easterday, who was Ed’s best man at his wedding. He also enjoyed playing golf with Gayle’s wife, Martha and Carl Sporri. Another good friend and golf buddy was Bob Surman, who passed away a few years ago. Ed left behind literally hundreds of golf balls.

Besides collecting golf balls, Ed also collected paper weights, Betty Boop memorabilia, poetry books and cats. A few years ago Ed and Debi were owned by six cats at the same time. It was difficult to find room in the bed while dodging sleeping cats. Cats were in the top three things of Ed’s loves, the first being his Lord. He has had at least one cat his whole life, except when he was in the service. Most pictures of him have at least one cat sleeping on his lap. If there was a cat in the area it could be found on Ed’s lap. He was a cat whisperer.

Edwin was preceded in death by his father Milo Jackson Jacques, mother Florence Laticia (Mattis) Jacques, and his three siblings Ruth Damon, Elmer (Bud) Jacques and Dorothy Santiago. They all lived in Massachusetts.

Edwin is survived by his wife Debi Jacques and his two beloved nephews Edwin A. “Duke” Jacques of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Joseph M. “Joe” Jacques of Lanesboro, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his feline fur babies, “Mac” and “Emily.”

A Celebration of Life service will be held at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Road, Happy Valley, Oregon 97086 in the Communications Center on October 12, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM.  Lunch will be served in the same location following the service.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Services, 223 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97233 did a wonderful job of providing arrangements and care for Edwin.  New Hope Community Church, Edwin’s home church, has been amazing during this difficult time.

Ed’s Urn will be placed at Willamette National Cemetery at a private service in the near future. You are welcome to visit the memorial vault at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Ed’s favorite charity, the Oregon Humane Society located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211 (phone: (503) 285-7722) their website is: This non-profit charity holds a special place in Ed and Debi’s hearts.

Special thanks to the following: close friends Al & Nettie Padur, Ron Jacobsen, Pierce Ethier and Donald and Cynthia Lewis, all of whom supported Debi in Ed’s care over the last few years. Also special thanks to Braketa Foley, his “Visiting Angel” who took very special care of him during the last few months. Providence Portland Medical Center also provided excellent care during his last few days.

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