Jacob DeGroot Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep January 18th at age 66 one day shy of 67 at his residence beside his loving wife Karen (Sinning) Degroot. Jake was predeceased by his parents Jacob DeGroot Sr. and his mother Eleanor (Johnson) DeGroot. He leaves behind a loving wife Karen DeGroot and his stepchildren Robert Arensberg (Jennifer) and Ryan Arensberg (Kristen). His beloved and his pride and joys his grandchildren Chance Arensberg, Michael Arensberg, Ashley Arensberg and Stephen Arensberg. He also leaves behind his siblings Eileen Cox (Robert), Carol Fontaine (Robert), Ellie Douville (Dr. Ronald), John DeGroot (Wynette) and Robert DeGroot and Jessica Benedict. Loving sister-in-Law Kristin DeGroot and many loving nieces and nephews. Jake was a caring husband, loving step Father and a Engaging, adoring Grandfather (Grampy). Jake never had children of his own, but always said God put him on this earth to be a Grampy...his favorite role in life. Jake was a man of quiet faith. I watched him weep at the song silent night at Christmas. Iʼve waited for him with coffee and a quick bite to eat as he plowed out neighbors for hours. He always saying that he had to get back out there, people need safe passage. He was a giving soul and would do anything for a friend. Quick to laugh, easy to love, and no better guy to find a way to fix it, or get the job done. An enthusiast of the sea, a fisherman, conservationist, and lover of life he will be sorely missed. Jake was born in Derry New Hampshire and proudly served on the East Derry volunteer fire department with his father and his brother Robert, who still proudly serves as a full time firefighter/paramedic today. We are all better off knowing and being able to love and be loved by this wonderful, devoted man. Due to Covid and the weather, there will be a memorial service in his beloved New Hampshire planned sometime in the late spring or summer.
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