How does one heal after the loss of a great person and friend? “JEFF TRUE.”
Memories of Jeff are being collected and will be put together to give to the True family when completed. There is a number of ways our community can share. There is a post on Facebook through the Wyoming County 4-H page that can be viewed for details. You can email letters, notes, pictures, etc… to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can mail them to Wyoming County 4-H Att: Jeff True 36 Center Street Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569 and the staff will forward correspondence to the family.
I had the great privilege to know Jeff for almost 40 years. Shortly after he moved to the Perry community, what started out as acquaintance and social gatherings with the Wyoming County Young Farmers Group turned into a lasting friendship.
As Hans Kunze would remind us all at Jeff’s funeral service, there were times when Jeff and others would meet to dance up a storm. Jeff’s dance moves were quite different but he could sure square dance!
Jeff gave so much of himself to others. Many of us had the good fortune to see him smile, share a wave in passing, and have many long discussions. Jeff gave to the community as a whole, whether it was 4-H, Farm Bureau, dairy industry, or church, just to name a few of his passionate organizations. The support he gave to us will be long remembered.
Jeff always did what came natural to him, which was helping others. He was humbled to see our community give back to him during his time of need.
It has always been comforting for me when the time arises, to pay my respect to someone who has passed away and to have the opportunity to share stories of good times with the family. For many I have spoken to agree, that this is a time to heal. Unfortunately because of the current virus situation, it was not possible for us to give a hug, share the good times we had with Jeff, and give comfort to his family the way we normally would.
I am sure there are people that would like to share a moment they had with Jeff, share an inspirational poem, a saying, or just send a card.
At this hard time when we cannot be together, I am sure anything – no matter how big or small, will give his family comfort.
I would like to encourage our community to give the family inspirational words to be remembered. As Jeff’s wife Stacia stated in a social media post to friends and family “they recognized this was an entire community going through Jeff’s battle with cancer.”
We needed to heal as a community. The family found a way for us to be a part of this final good bye. We miss Jeff and someday will meet again “Heaven on Earth.”