With heavy hearts, we advise the membership that Jakob Beacock of the
Minor Bantam Ice Wolves passed away yesterday morning at 10:08 am. Our
hearts and prayers go out to the Beacock family.
Jakob made Waterloo Minor Hockey his home and played in the Select program before being a major contributor on and off the ice within the MD program for the past three seasons. Jakob exemplified the character and determination of what it meant to be an outstanding young citizen and Waterloo Wolf. Above and beyond his outstanding work ethic and approach to game, he was considered to be the consummate teammate. Always working, always relentless on the ice, he was also a loyal friend off the ice. To his buddies, he was The J-Cob. His circle of friends extended far beyond hockey and he was never unwilling to make new friends to share his adventures with.
Jakob was considered by his Minor Bantam coaching staff to be one of the strongest and most compassionate players they have ever coached. In the words of his coach, Rob Fleming, "He was one of the strongest boys I have ever coached; his work ethic was second to none and he was always willing to put the team first”. Even as Jakob’s time with us was coming to an end, battling his illness last Saturday he toughed his way onto the ice at the Rec Centre to join his team after their final league victory.
Jakob also played inline hockey during the summer. If Jakob was not at the rink he could usually be found skateboarding, snowboarding or building some sort of two-wheeled contraption which he would ride fearlessly with or without brakes. Jakob spent many days and evenings this past cold winter attempting to build the perfect rail set up to master his tricks from. What an unusual sight it was to see him walking down the road with a shovel in one hand and a snowboard in the other, smiling through the minus 15 degree weather.
The strength of this wonderful young man was closely connected to the dedication of his family. Dad, Dan Beacock donated countless hours in our system as a Trainer and is always there to offer a hand, regardless of the task.
Jakob’s mom Pam is also a tireless team supporter with both the Wolves and Ravens organizations with whom Jakob's sister Alex is a player.
And, of course often in sight is Grandpa Bryan, there to cheer on his Grandson’s team and even help the boys on the ice at practice when called upon.
Thank you Jakob for touching our hockey family and representing our City with integrity and pride. And thank you for being the best person, player and friend any team could ask for.
Our deepest sympathies to the Beacock family.