Jacob "Jake" C. Battaglia, 74, of Hamilton Square, NJ, passed away at home on Thursday, May 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Trenton, NJ, he resided in Ewing, West Windsor and Bayville, NJ, before moving to Hamilton Township. After graduating from Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, NJ and New Mexico Military College in Rosewell, NM, Jacob managed his family's business, Frank's Bar & Grill in East Trenton before beginning a career as a truck driver for several regional companies. Eventually, Jacob owned and operated his own company, Jack's Four Wheel Drive Supplies in West Trenton. Additionally, he worked as a real estate agent before concluding his career as a driver for Mercer County's TRADE program. In addition to his professional career, Jacob was involved in many organizations. As Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Commissioner and Financial Secretary, he was a life member of the West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Dutch Neck and member of the International Fire Chiefs Association. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the Trenton Elks, the Trenton Council #355 Knights of Columbus, the Bishop Griffith General Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the West Windsor Lions Club, the Mercer County Italian-American Festival Association and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. Additionally, Jacob was a member of the Hamilton Township Republican Committee, Republican Club and was the 2007 Hamilton Township Republican of Year. He also served on the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory and Cable Advisory Commissions, and was a lifetime member of the Sayen House. Throughout his life, Jacob enjoyed sports, saltwater fishing and camping, was a devoted New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, enjoyed traveling and was a proud owner of Flat-Coated and Golden Retrievers, some of which competed in the Westminster Dog Show. Predeceased by his parents, Louis (Wip) and Julia C. (Slatina) Battaglia and his loving wife of nearly 25 years, Sandra J. (Windfield-McDermott) Battaglia; he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Louis C. and Hanna Battaglia of Robbinsville, NJ; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa M. and Paul Karlik of Hamilton, NJ; his stepson, Geoffrey McDermott and his wife, Toni, of Boyds, MD; his grandchildren, Samuel Battaglia, Leanne and Louis Karlik; Christopher and Danny McDermott. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. Interment will follow in Ewing Cemetery in Ewing, NJ. Family and friends may call on Monday, May 12, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Saul Colonial Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jacob's memory to: West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, 40 W. Upper Ferry Rd, W. Trenton, NJ 08628 or the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation at: www.FCRFoundation.org. www.saulfuneralhomes.com


Published in The Trentonian on May 10, 2014


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