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Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
It is with heavy hearts we announce Jeff's passing on January 21, 2020, with his family and friends by his side.
Jeff is lovingly remembered by his mother Pearl; his sisters, Virginia and Carollyn; his nephew Steven (Sylvia); as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and his many close friends. Jeff was predeceased by his father Norman.
Jeff had a good life, though it ended far too soon, and so suddenly that neither he, nor anyone, was prepared for this loss. Jeff was an honourable man with true integrity. He was a quiet soul who always knew how to share kindness without a lot of words, his actions spoke for him. His joy came from seeing others smile and from finding happiness with the all the ordinary things in life.
Jeff spent time in Africa during 2009, doing volunteer work with children, teaching them English and providing health care, which he found very fulfilling. During this time in Togo and Senegal, he made lifelong friendships with the other volunteers, the project organizers and his host families. Many of us have shared time with Jeff at his cottage, on road trips and on vacations, and our memories and photographs of these times will always be treasured. Jeff was a saving grace to many who knew him, and though his presence will be deeply missed, his spirit will live on through our memories.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Grace Hospital who cared for Jeff.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, please consider a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation or to any charity that works diligently to make this world a safer, happier place for all, as that was one of Jeff's greatest wishes.
A beautiful soul is never forgotten
and will always be there in your heart
when you want to feel their presence again.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Jeff had a profound impact on CRA and ITB, and showed a tremendous dedication to learning, innovation, and networking. His energy always seemed endless and his dedication to seeing others succeed was inspiring. He was incredibly kind and generous, and you could always tell he really cared about those around him after only a few minutes. When he returned to Winnipeg, he once sent our team a shawarma cake here in Ottawa. We'd always bought shawarmas for lunch on Fridays, and his goodbye parting gift from afar really demonstrated his kindness and generosity. We still talk about it almost ten years later. His name popped up across ITB, whether it was him tweeting, offering his insights on projects, participating in development and network events, or just sending a friendly email at Christmas to wish everyone well. He will be remembered here. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. - Posted by: Catherine Peters (Work Colleague) on: Jan 30, 2020
Sooo sorry to hear about your brother Virginia. My sincere condolences to you Virginia and your family!! I remember Jeff as such a kind sincere man!! Take care and may Jeff rest in peace!! - Posted by: Lyla Chuprun (Friend ) on: Jan 29, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Hurst family. I knew Jeff for many years before I started working under him as his administration assistant in Regina until I retired this summer. Jeff was an awesome person and a great boss. The IT world wont be the same without him. Jeff made a special trip to my retirement supper on his motorcycle Suzie Q! We had a few good last laughs especially when he ordered the huge chocolate cake for dessert which he was surprised that it was almost the size of his head! He shared it with the other people at the table! I'm totally shocked that he passed away and so quickly. I'll miss him dearly and sorry that I can't attend his memorial service. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and cooworkers during this very difficult time! RIP Jeff You'll be truly missed! - Posted by: Barbara Celis (Coworker) on: Jan 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss. A quiet man with a big heart. Another Special Angel. - Posted by: Brenda Howard (Retired coworker ) on: Jan 28, 2020
My deepest sympathies to you and your family Virginia. Jeff reached out to me even before I started at CRA and made me feel so welcome. He practiced French and we shared stories about our travels to Africa (mine from Mali and his from Senegal). He was a very kind man and he will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Lisbeth (coworker) on: Jan 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Hurst family on the passing of Jeff. He was always a happy positive individual at work, everyone will miss this kind soul. - Posted by: William Peake (Co-Worker) on: Jan 28, 2020
So sorry to hear if Jeff’s passing. A wonderful, friendly person who cared about everyone. My condolences to friends and family. RIP Jeff. - Posted by: Bryan Hoehn (Coworker/friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to you Pearl and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Will miss seeing Jeff out in the yard during my walks. Faye Davidson - Posted by: Faye Davidson (neighbour) on: Jan 27, 2020
Dear Jeff, you were my hero long before you were my brother. You have had my back since we were young kids and your kind nature changed my world. You and your mom provided me a safe haven ... a home to feel safe. It changed my world. You never lost track of me and you always made sure I knew you there ... like you use to say ... sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. I believe that is a Winnie the Pooh quote but in my heart that will always be a Jeff quote I will never forget you ... it’s impossible because your kindness helped mould who I am today! The world will feel this loss. My thoughts on you are this... An honourable man with true integrity has passed on. Jeff was a quiet soul that always knew how to share kindness without a lot of words. His actions spoke for him. His soft smile that always had a little crook in one corner spoke straight to whoever’s heart he smiled at. And... then the bear hug and chuckle that followed ... well you just fell safe and understood. He never took from others. ... always a giver to other people around him. He was a quiet angel who loved to share his thoughts with the wind .... and ponder his world through music. His joy came from seeing another smile and finding happiness with the all the ordinary things in life. He was a saving grace to many who knew him and his presence will be deeply missed. I don’t know many people who never take... just leave all better than they found it. But Jeff could always do so gracefully. It was just his way. A beautiful soul is never forgotten ... and will always be there in your heart when you want to feel their presence again. May you know your worth to all you loved .... you were the reason so many of us know love , kindness and grace . You taught the world that without a saying a word ... and showed others the beauty and gifts held in the wind . Suzie Q was nothing without you . Everyone will have so many fond memories to cherish ... and loving thoughts of you as the wind blows around them. - Posted by: Joanne Esligar (Foster Sister ) on: Jan 26, 2020
To Pearl, Virginia, Carollyn and family I offer my heartfelt sympathy. I’ve known Jeff and his family since early grade school and they always made me feel like I was part of it. That speaks to the affable, considerate and humble personality of Jeff. Jeff and I grew up, together. Time passed by bike riding, going to the park, playing board games, sleep overs, listening to music, playing sports, talking about girls, building stuff, going to parties, skiing, concerts, socials, camping trips, motorcycle rides,weddings, house renovations, e-mails, texts and Christmas. We made each other laugh and he was my best friend. When Paula and I got married 27 years ago, Jeff was in the wedding party. For a gift he gave us a Christmas tree. Jeff’s Christmas visit became tradition. Our kids were always happy to see Uncle Jeffy. We still have the tree. As years pass by and turn into decades, family life, careers and distance lessen the amount of time you can spend together but when you do, you pick up right were you left off. That’s very special, and only people like Jeff can give you that. For all of Jeff’s friends, our lives are forever changed. Words can’t always express our feeling of sadness, but a lifetime of great memories certainly helps to ease the sorrow. We are thankful for having Jeff as part of our lives. We will miss you. You are and will always be our best friend. - Posted by: Billy Campbell (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020
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