Feb 202007

Finding out about the death of a friend by reading Fark is probably one of the most mentally derailing ways to make such a discovery. Luckily it WAS posted there since Jeff was a long-time member of the site (as user ‘itsjeff’), otherwise we probably wouldn’t have discovered it in time to attend the memorial today. We hadn’t talked to him in a couple months.

Reprinted from the death notice:
“Age 42. Beloved son of Nancy Heider of Bloomfield Hills and Richard Colby of Kalamazoo. Died suddenly on February 16, 2007 in his beautiful home in Detroit, where he loved to entertain friends and family. Mr.Colby was a Clerk of the Federal Court for 20 years and left that position February 8th to begin a new endeavor. There will be fewer parties, and less laughter, without his sharp, quick wit. He will be deeply missed by aunts and uncles Mary and David Chapin, Stephen and Susan Greenhalgh, Robert and Polly Greenhalgh, and Karen and Jerry Weiner, nine cousins, one step-brother, one step-sister and many, many friends and co-workers. Mr. Colby attended Pontiac Central High School where he announced Pontiac Chiefs basketball games, and graduated from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep School in 1982. He also attended Wayne State University. Great booster and ambassador for the City of Detroit through “Detroit Yes!”. To read the many heart warming tributes, please go to DetroitYes.com. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday,February 20, 2007 at 3 p.m. from the Pontiac Chapel of Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, (248-338-9288). Please visit www.sparksgriffin.com to share a reflection with the family.”

I’m still in total shock. Jeff was diabetic, and had a few other health problems, but nothing I knew of that would indicate such a sudden death. Aaron’s been friends with him for years, and we had hung out with him on several occasions, even attending his 40th birthday party two years ago. Aaron and I will be at the funeral home today around 2:30pm. To my knowledge Jeff wasn’t an LJer, but some of you in the area may have known him anyway.

Goodbye Jeff, you will be missed.

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