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By Jerry Vondas
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Bill Jakub was a gifted entertainer, whether he was spinning records as “Wild Bill” or playing the drums on occasion for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, said his wife, Jane Jakub.

“Bill had records that covered all phases, such as records for proms, weddings and anniversaries for older couples,” she said. “But most of all, the groups he entertained liked him. Bill was a happy-go-lucky man behind the counter whom his customers appreciated and his fellow employees enjoyed.”

William M. Jakub Jr. of Duquesne died from complications of a heart attack on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in UPMC McKeesport. He was 57.

“Among Bill's first assignments as a disc jockey, which began in the late 1980s, he first played for (94.5-FM) 3WS' New Year's Eve party,” his wife added. “He did so well that they had him play for their next party.”

His son, William Jakub of Port Vue, a sound technician for Kennywood Park in West Mifflin who has his own DJ band, said his father had an impressive record collection.

“Dad had 18,000 45s and 5,000 12s,” he said. “And as busy as he was, he was a great father who made time for us. We all knew that we could go to him with a problem.

“Dad loved young people and would play during fundraisers for youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Duquesne.”

His family also recalled him as a man of faith, who supported the mission of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in West Mifflin and Faith Bible Church in Wilkins.

Born in McKeesport and raised in West Mifflin, Bill Jakub was one of three children of railroader William M. and Agnes A. (Holko) Jakub Sr.

As a youngster attending Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, Mr. Jakub worked part-time at Giant Eagle. He continued working there after graduation from technical school, becoming a department manager for a store in Monroeville.

In addition to his wife Jane and son William, Mr. Jakub is survived by his children, Andrew J. “AJ” Jakub of Port Vue, Samuel A. McCullough of Monroeville, Scott A. McCullough of Munhall, Shawn A. McCullough of Duquesne and Christina Gavron of West Mifflin; brothers Robert Jakub of West Mifflin and Alan Jakub of Millvale; and 14 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Malloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, with Pastor Gary La-Pietra officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in North Huntingdon.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or jvondas@tribweb.com.

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