WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crowds by the hundreds paid their respects today to longtime 22News Sports Director Rollie Jacobs.
They attended a public memorial for the beloved broadcaster, who died last month at the age of 86. Rollie Jacobs was the 22News Sports Director from 1957 until his retirement in 1984.
Rollie Jacobs Jr. was deeply touched by the number of people who remember his dad so well. He told 22News, “This is really special and really speaks to all of us and the family. We all know, of course, how many people knew our dad, and to some extent how he had touched so many people’s lives over the years. But we really didn’t know how deep that went in the community.”
Throughout the afternoon, family and friends were shoulder-to-shoulder with many of Rollie’s admirers. Some met Rollie personally; others might have only known the man through his sports broadcasting and community service.