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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bush Man No. 2 of Fisherman's Wharf, Gregory Jacobs, Dies -- This Time For Real

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM


Back in 2009, rumors rippled through Fisherman's Wharf that Gregory Jacobs -- one of two men who earned a living by toting foliage, springing out from behind it with a shout, scaring the bejeesus out of tourists, and asking for a tip -- was dead. 

It wasn't so, however. Paramedics resuscitated him from what was, by his count, his ninth heart attack. He returned to his act on the wharf, where he wasn't exactly welcomed back with open arms:  "Gregory was a jerk," wharfinger Hedley Prince told SF Weekly in '09. "Nobody's going to miss Gregory, that's for sure."

Now we can put that to the test.

Jacobs' heart gave out once and for all on Sunday. That reduces the bush man count at the wharf to one; David Johnson says he has been terrorizing tourists for 36 years. 

Jacobs, as one can imagine, was a man as well-versed in the health system as he was with secreting himself behind foliage. His relatives told KTVU it wasn't uncommon for him to check out of the hospital and take up bush man duties anew, his ER bracelet still clasped to his arm

In 2009, he showed up at work despite, he says, being outfitted with a pacemaker and told to avoid magnets. 

Jacobs' family is hoping his remains will be interred in his native Arkansas. No one's going to jump out from behind a bush before eliciting a donation, but they hope you'll see your way to giving nonetheless. 

Your money can be sent to Duggans Funeral home, 3434 17th Street, San Francisco California 941110. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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