My deepest condolences on the tragic loss of such a great soul from this world. I had the privilege of working with Jeff at PepsiCo over the past several years, and had the utmost respect and admiration for him. He was such a fun, lovable guy, and his sense of humour was infectious, as was his smile. You just loved being around Jeff. He has left his permanent impact on so many people and he will be sadly missed. May you rest in peace my friend.
My deepest condolences. Jeff was a real pleasure to be around and will be missed. I have fond memories of working with him, poker games, and hearing about his girls over coffee. My thoughts go out to the family. Chris J
I’ve known Jeff since I started working with Dr Bovell in 2006. We spent a couple of hours together every 8 weeks. Already miss his contagious smile and stories of his beautiful girls that he loved so much. Gone way too soon but never forgotten. RIP. My condolences to his family and friends. Gail.
Such a tragedy to lose a son and father at such a young age. No doubt Jeff will be sorely missed by family and friends.
With our deepest sympathy and prayers,
George and Jan Takach
My sincerest condolences to Jeff's family during this difficult time.
I was very fortunate to get to know Jeff over the past several years at PepsiCo. He was someone people were immediately drawn to, myself included. We shared a lot of laughs over our hockey rivalries, often placing a gentlemen's bet when the Leafs and Islanders played. He would be quick to share with me the score each and every time the Islanders won.
Jeff spoke of his girls very often. His passion for his family, friends and co-workers was on full display every single day.
He will be missed very much at work, for the contributions he made but moreso for the relationships he forged along the way.
My deepest condolences .
Jeff will be so missed .. his laugh kind words and his talks about his girls .
Gone too soon. Our deepest sympathies to you all. Rest in Peace Jeff.
My deepest condolences to your family. Jeff was a great person! He will be missed.
I am truly sorry for your loss. Jeff's positive attitude and welcoming demeanor will be sadly missed.
My thoughts go out to Jeff's loved ones.
My condolences to your family. Jeff always had a way of inspiring anyone around him and was passionate about people first and for most. He will be truly missed.
It is impossible to understand the feelings of loss that you are going through at this time. May you be comforted in knowing that Jeff touched many of our lives. He was a great influence with those he taught, mentored and worked with.
Over 23 years ago a young student with an infectious smile, sat in a classroom eager to learn the skills he needed to work in the health and safety profession. He was a quick study in school and tremendously effective in the workplace. It is no surprise that he rose through his profession to one of the most senior positions achievable in health and safety.
When Jeff went from being the student to being the instructor, he was inspirational. The students loved him. Conestoga College was blessed with Jeff's presence in the classroom. In his kind and caring manner he shared his knowledge of health and safety. There are many people in Waterloo Region and beyond who have achieved success in their own health and safety careers thanks to Jeff's time and commitment.
Despite his achievements, his greatest love was his family. He spoke about all of you over lunches and coffee. Your father's face always lit up when he talked about you Julia and Paige. He loved you both so much.
My prayer is that your family will be comforted in this time of sorrow. Thank you for sharing Jeff with us.
Richard den Bok
Ministry of Labour(R)
Dear Brenda and Brian.....I don’t know what to say or do. So very sorry for you and whole family. My words are meaningless to your pain and sorrow and disbelief. I know I would have loved your dear son Jeff. I’m just feel so bad for your family and Jeff’s children. I have heard from Lisa and there will be a celebration for Jeff another time. We are thinking and praying for your family.....God Bless Bill and Judy
To Jeff's family,
ON behalf of PepsiCo please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Jeff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time
Jeff's impact on the 5000+ PepsiCo foods team members can't be measured. He was known as a Gentle Giant of a leader. He had a way that inspiring confidence and calm into handling any situation and was passionate about teaching people. His passion for the health and safety of our team has seen us grow leaps and bounds due to his influence and impact. He was so grounded and had a "roll up your sleeves" approach to getting things done and an empathetic ear for everyone; Leading & handling COVID-19 earlier this year with our teams is just a prime example of Jeff at his best.
WE will miss him on our leadership team in Canada .....He was a friend and great partner to us all, May his soul rest in peace
We are so sorry for your loss, but happy you knew Jeff. I recall Jeff working at the Stoney Creek Dairy fondly, as I do our years hitting baseballs back and forth. We were so good, many a kid mistook Jeff for John Olerud and he loved playing the part! If it wasn't Olerud, it was Craig Simpson! We also enjoyed heading to downtown Toronto monthly to get milkshakes at Mr. Green Jeans and check our Sam The Record Man and the Eaton Center, heading to Cheapies Records and Tapes in Downtown Hamilton, seeing the Blue Jays and enjoying the CNE, including gorging ourselves on free food samples, Wonderland and especially my Toronto Maple Leafs playing his New York Islanders. My hand will still reach out for the telephone with 10 seconds left in the 3rd period...
Probably our most adventurous days were the many we spent at the wave pool at Wild Waterworks, Confederation Park, followed by either The Attic Pizzeria or Stoney Creek Dairy on blazing hot summer days. We rode our Ten Speed bikes everywhere and encountered many kind people of all ages together! My mind often goes back to those days as a happy place. The pretty girls always had an interest in Jeff!
I hope we can remain close, especially with daughters Julia and Paige. We will always remember Jeff. I will miss him terribly, but will speak often to his portrait and I will hear his wise and concise responses in my head. Gone too soon.
I take encouragement from a friend of mine, a nationally renowned sports doctor, Dr. John Leszczynski, who has since passed: "For those dying, it is as if they close their eyes and then open them again, in paradise."