Obituary

 

William M. Jeffers

May 7, 1932 - January 4, 2018

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BIOGRAPHY

William M. Jeffers (“Mike”), of Dumont, died peacefully on Jan 4, 2018 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of 61 years to Irene (nee Dolan), who he adored. Devoted father of Susan, Thomas and Michael (wife Chean Eng). Cherished grandfather of 10 (Brianna Guido (nee Jeffers), Krystle Barcza (nee Reilly), Jaclyn Whelan (nee Reilly), Kimi Smith (nee Serpa); Lynette Reilly; Maggie and Carleen Jeffers; Lauren, Kevin and Steven Serpa) and great-grandfather of 5 (Richard, Scarlett and Sterling Smith; Vincent and Ilina Guido). Also survived by sons-in-laws John Reilly and Dennis Serpa. Predeceased by daughters Christine Reilly and Eileen Serpa.

 

Mickey was born in Scranton, PA, but came of age in Washington Heights, NYC. His parents operated a small candy store during the Depression era. He was the youngest of seven children, and an athlete - well known in the neighborhood as the only one who could scale the walls of his parish church, Incarnation, to retrieve the beloved stik-balls hit too far and high for anyone else to retrieve.  His love for athletics was not lost on those in our family, whom he encouraged with great passion.

 

He was the last survivor of his 7 siblings. He died on the same date (Jan 4) as had his beloved sister, Eileen Harlan, 25 years prior. Mickey received a Master’s Degree (MSW) from Fordham University and found his calling as a social worker with the Catholic Charities of NYC.  As a profoundly devoted Catholic, he taught religious education classes at St. Mary’s Church of Dumont and was a member of the Parish Council. Mickey was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. John’s Council #1345 of Dumont. In retirement he enjoyed volunteering at the Dixon Homestead Library and at Holy Name Hospital.

 

Mickey was a man with an interest in the world at large, beginning with a formative extended trip to Europe in his youth with his mother and sister. In later years he visited Ireland and Italy with his wife, but, to his regret, he never did get to see the Great Wall of China. He also possessed a keen intellect, was a history buff, loved geography and philosophy. He had a sustained love of theater and classical music. Above all, Mickey possessed a strong sense of fairness and always rooted for the underdog.

 

Visitation on Sunday, Jan 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Jan 8 11am at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Dumont followed by entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saddle Brook.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Vantage Health System (Dumont) or Saint Jude Children Hospital would be appreciated.