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Inez Marie (Billings) Moonin


Inez Marie (Billings) Moonin, 81, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018 at her home in Rachel, Nevada. Her strong will to live, and the love and prayers of family, friends, carried her through a valiant fight with Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. Inez was born December 13, 1936, on Little Deer Isle, Maine, to the late Eugene Billings and Melissa Edna Eaton. Inez graduated from Deer Isle High School, in Deer Isle, Maine. After high school she served in the United States Army. Inez went on to complete a career as a Medical Secretary. Her life and career took her all over the country, but her heart was always connected to Little Deer Isle and to her family and friends on the island. It was the simple things around her in life that she never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful she was. Above all, family and friends were Inez’s love and joy. She loved seafood and socializing and had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. She touched the lives of countless people throughout her journey. She will be loved and missed by more than can be named. Inez is survived by her husband Steven, three children Laurel, Murray, and Matthew; and grandchildren Austin, Bethany, Liam, and Connor. Burial service will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Howard’s Hill Cemetery, in Little Deer Isle, Maine.

John Henry Jacobus

John H. Jacobus died on March 26, 2018 in Chelsea, Mass., at the age of 88. He was born in Boston, Mass., in 1929, the son of David D. Jacobus and Marget (Gar) Penman Jacobus. John lived in Cambridge, Mass. and Hoboken, N.J., while growing up. He graduated with honors from Phillips Exeter Academy (1948) where he was captain of the Chemistry Club for two years, played on the squash squad, won the annual chess tournament his junior and senior year, as well as the English prize his senior year. He then attended Harvard College (1952) where he continued to play chess and majored in mathematics. After taking a year off, he attended Columbia Law School (1956). He settled in Manhattan for over fifty-five years. He was a leading figure in the world of insurance, working at The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States for many years where he was the most senior insurance lawyer, leading a practice group that encompassed life insurance, annuities, ERISA and other specialties. His approach to law was both rigorous and innovative. He was instrumental in the modernization of the insurance laws, and was frequently asked to provide his opinion to legislators and regulators on how to improve the industry. He helped pioneer new variable life products, which, once they were established in New York, became industry standards. His professional colleagues held him in warm regard as a mentor and a friend.

John was an integral member of his brother David’s household, valued for his unassuming presence, sense of humor and constant support in his quiet, generous and steadfast way. He taught his nephews and nieces life skills, like how to ride a bike; games from black jack to chess, and, by example, how to garden, nurturing seeds in his grow-boxes into delphiniums towering in the back yard. He would spend August on Isle au Haut, Maine, leading his nieces and nephews on hikes to study ferns or mushrooms, fishing for cod or cooking the catch of the day for the family. And to the next generation, he was a third grandfather.

He was beloved by his family and is survived by his brother and his sister-in-law David and Claire Jacobus of Princeton, N.J.; his nieces and nephews: Marget Jacobus of Westfield, Mass.; Claire (Hughie) Jacobus and her husband, Andrew Hildick-Smith of Winchester, Mass.; William Jacobus of Seattle, Wash.; Laura Jacobus of Princeton, N.J.; John Jacobus of Washington, D.C. and his great-nephews and great-niece: Gordon Hildick-Smith of Boston, Mass.; Seth Hildick-Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; Neil Hildick-Smith of San Francisco, Calif., and Ellen Jacobus of Northfield, Minn.

During John’s life, he was a magnanimous supporter of many organizations, especially ones which endorsed education, social justice, nature, the arts or medical research. Contributions in his memory should be made to the nonprofit organization of one’s choice. Some of the organizations which he supported include: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Maine Seacoast Mission, the NY Botanical Garden, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Private services celebrating John’s life will be held in the spring.