It came to pass that our dear friend Mindy and Hank were an item, and a fine pairing they were. This wonderful fellow became known to all our other friends.
Several of us had dinner two months ago, and by this time Hank had filed to run for mayor of Salem in the primary on the Democratic ticket. We talked about politics campaign strategies between bites and drinks, amid his monumental capacity for good humor.
Those commonly viewed as “larger than life” aren’t always so convivial, humble and self-effacing. Salem will suffer from his absence in the civic tense. His was a journey well played, and ended far too soon.
Much more than that, our hearts go out to Mindy and Hank’s family.
Hank Jacoby (Dawalt Funeral Home)
Hank Jacoby, mayoral candidate, dies unexpectedly (Salem Leader)