"He has touched so many lives in more ways than I ever knew, he was so greatly loved, he's going to be so greatly missed."
Jeff Kurland was a native of Staten Island, NY, Jeff was raised in Eltingville and St. George. He moved to Stapleton in 1967 and settled in Jackson, NJ, in 1971.
Jeff and Sandra Henshaw married in 1966 when Jeff was 23, and enjoyed 33 wonderful and loving years together until his death in 1999. Sandy is presently retired and living in Florida.
Jeff was a civilian contract specialist for the United States Army, and worked for 15 years at Fort Monmouth and Bayonne Terminal, both in New Jersey. Prior to his service with the US Army, Jeff worked for NL Industries and Jacobs Engineering, also in New Jersey. Jeff retired in 1997.
Jeff graduated from the College of Staten Island, where he edited the student newspaper, and later studied business at Monmouth University. Jeff was a graduate of Curtis High School in Staten Island.
Jeff was a member of the Jackson Post of the American Legion in New Jersey and belonged to the Masonic Aquehonga Lodge, Staten Island.
Jeff enjoyed model trains and computers, and collected replicas of wolves and eagles.
Jeff served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1965, stationed for a time aboard the USS Norris off Turkey. He also served in the Naval Reserve.
Jeff was a member of the Jackson, NJ, United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer, trustee and president of the administrative council. Jeff was one of the founding members of the Jackson church, and worked with the reverend Ken Sloane and others over 9 years since its founding to build the church, and to build as well a beautiful United Methodist Church building for the Jackson community. The church was completed shortly before Jeff's death, and stands as a testament to his commitment to and love for the church and its more than 300 members.
Jeff is buried at the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.
Jeff is survived by his wife Sandra and brother Murray.