MILTON -- Jerry "Jeff" Jeffords died peacefully at home in Milton on Oct. 31, 2014, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Jerry grew up in Broadalbin, N.Y. After high school, he joined the US Army where he did two tours in Vietnam and one in Sinop, Turkey. During his time in the service, he traveled all over the world and while stationed in Turkey, he began a college degree at a branch of the University of Maryland. He later moved to College Park, Md., finished his degree, and met Janice to whom he was married for 42 years.
In addition to Jan, he leaves behind his beloved son, Joel, and daughter-in-law, Karima; as well as sisters, Jan Guzior, and Jackie Beebe and her husband, Edwin Beebe; seven nieces and nephews; and 14 great-nieces and nephews.
After moving to Vermont in 1975, Jerry built a career working primarily with at-risk youth. He spent the majority of his career with the State of Vermont as a social worker in St Albans. Later, he became a supervisor then director of SRS in Morrisville. He was a mentor to many young adults in the field.
Jerry was also involved in a number of educational activities. He coached various Milton athletics teams, served on the Milton school board for several years, and was on the board of Shader Croft School for 10 years.
Jerry was known for his great passion for life. He had many interests: reading, gardening, fishing of all kinds, bowling, kayaking, and a love for animals. However, his biggest passion was traveling, which he shared with his wife and son.
The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nursing staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care for the kindness and expertise which helped him through this long journey. We would also like to thank the brilliant staff at the VNA in Colchester for the care he received at the end of his life. In addition, our heartfelt thanks to our many dedicated friends and family members who provided constant help and comfort.
Services for Jerry will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, specifically for research in bladder cancer; Green Mountain Animal Defenders, PO Box 4577, Burlington, VT 05406; or Shader Croft School, 5 Perrota Place, Burlington, VT 05401. To send online condolences, please visit www.gregorycremation.com