Jacob Portnoy, 91


CRANSTON, R.I. – Jacob D. Portnoy passed away on Feb. 6, 2023, at his home in Cranston with his loving wife and friends by his side. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Romanoff) Portnoy for many hilarious and incredibly loving years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Bradford M.S. and Rebecca (Tanenbaum) Portnoy.

He attended Boston University as an undergrad and received a J.D. degree from Yale. Jake had lived in Cranston for over 10 years, previously living in the many nooks and crannies of Rhode Island. He was a skilled attorney for years, proudly serving his clients prior to retiring in 2013. Jake was a self-proclaimed comedian, a savior of Herman the squirrel, as well as a frequent flier of Rhode Island’s best breakfast spots.

He was the devoted father of Eric Portnoy, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Robert Portnoy, of Colorado.

He was the dear brother of Eveline (Portnoy) Rothman, of Manhattan, New York, and loved uncle of Rebecca Rothman. Jake was a cherished friend to so many incredible people; he was always so grateful and fortunate for those individuals with whom he shared his life. He was a fan of comedy and had a Rolodex of jokes that were classified as too funny to print for this story of his life.

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