Jeff was known as the guy who would give you the shirt off his back and would always be there to help when someone was in need. He loved life, and it showed in the way he lived it. More than anything, he was a true family man. He passed away on December 3, 2020, after battling complications from COVID-19.
Jeff enrolled in the United States Navy right out of high school. His goal was to be a paramedic. He was stationed in Philadelphia working in the Naval Hospital. After serving four years in the Navy, he moved back home to Dayton, Ohio, and started his career as a firefighter. Washington Township Fire Department became his full-time home for 30 years. Jeff was a lieutenant and was in charge of the department’s honor guard. He was also known as the class clown of the department.
Jeff was the guy that all his family and friends could count on when in need of help, ranging from home projects, moving, planning a vacation, or just lending an ear. He had the biggest heart of anyone we knew.
Jeff was in charge of the Washington Township Honor Guard and would always make arrangements for himself and his honor guard members to travel and pay their respects to their fallen brothers and sisters. This was very important to him.
Jeff’s biggest passion outside of his career was most definitely his family. Erin (28), Matt (23), Alan (16), and Aidan (14) were the apples of his eye. Jenny, his wife of 17+ years, was his best friend, and they loved to travel all over, especially enjoying the Smoky Mountains, Las Vegas, and the Caribbean. His grandkids, Liam and Madison, had him wrapped around their finger! He was the best PopPop ever.
Jeff was very involved with Alan’s wrestling and Aidan’s martial arts tournaments. He was their biggest fan. He did whatever it took to make sure they got to attend tournaments all over the U.S. and that he was there to cheer them on.
Jeff’s big heart and humor will be remembered, and his infectious laugh will live on forever. He truly was one of the good guys.