The Passing of former South Palm Beach Mayor Maurice Jacobson

Palm Beach Post
July 2, 2014

Maurice “Maury” Jacobson once held the the distinction of being the oldest sitting mayor in Palm Beach County.

But even after leaving office at age 88, he remained involved in local affairs.

Jacobson died Monday at age 93 after a recent illness.

First elected as mayor in 2005, Jacobson went on to serve three two-year-terms for the town of 1,200 people just north of the Ocean Avenue bridge.

Longtime South Palm Beach resident and friend Bob Welstein’s recalled Jacobson’s ability to connect with others as well as his tenaciousness.

“He was a wonderful speaker,” Welstein said. ” He could speak extraneously and we was very, very people oriented. … He fought to get everything that he could for us. He was a wonderful person for the town of South Palm Beach to have.”

Jacobson moved to Florida from Washington, D.C., in 1974 with with his wife Fran and their two young daughters, Lynn and Janet. The couple was married for 51 years before Fran’s death in 1993.

Jacobson decided to run for the town council and served consecutive terms from 1993 to 1998. He returned to town council in 2000 and was reelected to two additions two-year terms.

“He was very active in the state politics, he was very active in the county politics and every time there was a parade, Maury was always in the parade, no matter where it was at,” Welstein said. “He was a very popular individual.

A memorial service for former South Palm Beach Mayor Maurice Jacobson will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, 11115 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Interment will follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens,5601 Greenwood Ave, West Palm Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Trustbridge/Hospice of Palm Beach County (, or the Blinded Veterans Association (