Jacob J. Feenstra

  • Died: August 23, 2016
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home

116 Main Street
Route 121A
Plaistow, NH 03865

Tel. (603) 382-2233

Tribute & Message From The Family

Haverhill: Jacob J. Feenstra, 86, a resident of Haverhill since 1960, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

Born, raised and educated in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he was the son of the late Bouke and Renske (Jongedyk) Feenstra.

Mr. Feenstra received his degree in Electronics and was employed by IBM as a Sales and Maintenance Representative throughout Europe until emigrating to the United States. He was also a professional hockey player and a former member of The Netherlands National Hockey Team, The Ice Vogels, representing his country across Europe in ice hockey championships.

Mr. Feenstra established himself as a carpenter after moving to the area and was employed by local contractors, including Garold Morse Construction and Franzone Brothers Construction before establishing Feenstra Construction Co. in 1978.

Throughout the years, Mr. Feenstra continued his interest in hockey in the Haverhill area as a member and coach of the Haverhill Youth Hockey program and as a coach of the Northern Essex Community College Hockey Team. He was an avid tennis player, a member of the Haverhill Country Club, enjoyed woodworking, and driving and maintaining his antique Jaguar.

Most recently his favorite past times were spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and family. He enjoyed gardening, wildlife and was a diehard Boston Bruins fan.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of sixty-two years, Margaretha M. "Rie" (Bakels) Feenstra, a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Deanna Feenstra of Haverhill, daughters and son-in-law, Katja and Paul Lavallee of Atkinson, NH, and Tanya Bonagura of Fremont, NH, a brother John Feenstra of Mykonos, Greece, seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Monique (Feenstra) Davis in 2008.

Private family services will be held and there will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home of Plaistow, NH. To send a message of condolence to the family please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dearest Mrs. Feenstra, Mike and family,
Our deepest sympathies on your loss of a great man who was a wonderful and caring coach to so many young people, but most importantly to me, a good friend. I will always remember the confidence Jake instilled in me when I was a boy just learning his game. The friendship he provided to my parents and extended family over the decades will never be forgotten. We are just a few of the many people Jake touched with his loving, sincere personality. Our community has lost a great man, but others like his daughter and my parents have gained a new companion. God bless him and you always. I will pray for your peace and his spirit.
Bill Cantwell Jr. and family

Posted by Bill Cantwell Jr. - Haverhill, MA   August 31, 2016


So sorry to hear, I only met him a few times but such a lovely man. My heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by Susan & Steve Robidoux - Hancock, NH - Acquaintance   August 30, 2016

Dear Rie, My sincerest condolences to you and your family on Jakes passing. Although I haden't seen him since my retirement I have many fond memories of him both as a patient and friend. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Dr. Jack Tatirosian - atkiinson, NH - Friend   August 30, 2016

My heartfelt sympathy to the Feenstra family .

Posted by Dianne Eaton Maxwell - Lake worth, FL - Family Friend   August 29, 2016

I'm so very sad to hear Jake has passed. He was a great, kind man that I will always remember fondly. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family Mike.

Posted by Suzanne (Betournay) Credit - Groveland, MA - Friend   August 29, 2016


Posted by STEVE DENONCOURT - HAVERHILL - Friend   August 29, 2016

My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Always remember fun times at HCC. He was a great man that had fun.

Posted by Brian Tatirosian - Middletown, RI, RI - Friend   August 28, 2016

So sorry for your loss Katja.

Posted by Lissa Archer - Friend   August 28, 2016


mike; my sincerest condolences.... now is the time to be strong....... FEENSTRA STRONG..... May your dad rest in peace... my condolences to your mom and everyone else also...... Gary & Kim Alper

Posted by Gary Alper - haverhill, MA - Friend   August 28, 2016

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