Jacob A. Kraut, of Fairfield, died March 31.

Born Aug. 18, 1918, he was the son of the late Etta Nabel and Herman Kraut. He graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1935 and the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy in 1940. He served in the Army infantry.

He founded and presided over C&K Construction Co. for more than 30 years, owned and operated the Kraut luncheonette for 36 years, and was a pharmacist at Switzers Pharmacy in Southport until he was in his 80s.

His philanthropic activities included, among various organizations, Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center, the Jewish Community Center of Bridgeport, the Jewish Home for the Elderly, Yeshiva University, the University of Connecticut and Columbia University Medical Center. He served as president of both Congregation Adath Israel and Congregation Ahavath Achim; was the chairman of the Va-ad Hakashruth, chairman of the ritual committee and held other leadership posts.

He was honored by Congregation Ahavath Achim and Yeshiva University for community service; He was a 32nd degree Mason, a life member of Temple Lodge No. 127, a member of the Shriners of the Masonic Order, and a life member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association, a life member University of Connecticut alumni, a life member board of directors Ahavath Achim, a life member the Jewish Home for the Elderly Men's Club, as well as other groups.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gertrude Brown Kraut; a son, Herman of Fairfield; a daughter Deborah and son-in-law Ron Shear of Westport and New York City; his granddaughters, Carlyn Kraut Shear and Morgan Kraut Shear; two sisters, Harriet Gerstl and Sondra Kohler and her husband, Connie Kohler; sisters-in-law, Sophie Brown Levin of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, and Terry Brown Berlin and her husband Henry Berlin of Charleston, S.C., and Pauline Brown of Bridgeport, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Freida Kraut of Bridgeport.

Services were April 1 at Congregation Ahavath Achim in Fairfield. Shiva will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Ahavath Achim 1571 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home of Fairfield handled arrangements.