They will miss him deeply…
Everybody that knew Jeff saw how much he loved Theda, or Moma. Their union and love resonated and children in particular were drawn by it. I just caught his loving gaze towards Theda as we were having our traditional Christmas lunch together and remembered thinking’ what a lovely, lovely man’
Jeff the grandfather
Jeff loved his grandchildren and he lavished his attention upon them.
He was there for them from the very start. I remember all of us waiting excitedly for Andreas (the first grandchild) to be born in 1997, and then barging into the room to welcome him. When it was my time to deliver my children it was always Jeff that drove me to the hospital, twice, while I was deep breathing in my zone. Later on Jeff told me that for the birth of Matéo, my second child, he was very much worried that I may give birth on the way… He was quite right and Matéo was born within the first hour of our arrival at the hospital. A funny story is that Jeff thought, ‘let me squeeze in a quick bike ride’, which meant that he and his bike were picked up by Theda on her way to l’hopital de Apt. I can still hear Jeff tap-dancing in his cycling shoes as he came to see us with a big smile on his face. As his grandchildren grew he gave them his care, his love and his undivided attention. Sandpit, playground, tree house, trampoline and Maison D’enfant has been added over the years in Bonnieux were the children spend their holidays. One of the many reasons why his grandchildren adored Jeff is because he engaged with them and shared his passions from music (creating playlists for them on iPod and then sharing his LPs, lovingly played by Mia) , football (yes, of course they are Gunners), love of reading, debating, playing chess, games and cards with the children.
They will miss him deeply and never forget him.
We just wish he will come back.