A Change in Priorities
From football to Food Network: that was the journey that Jeffrey Chairnoff had made over the last few years.
Before he became a father, Mr. Chairnoff, 35, liked to spend his Sundays during the fall and winter watching football games. It was the perfect way to unwind, said his wife, Helaine, after an intense workweek at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, where he eventually became managing director of the mortgage financing group. Not that he was a stereotypical type-A Wall Street guy: if anything, co- workers told Mrs. Chairnoff that her husband was a calm ballast noted for his thoroughness and attention to detail.
Still, after Sarah, 6, and Benjamin, 2, were born, Mr. Chairnoff changed his lifestyle to accommodate everyone but himself.
He was dubbed Mr. Clean by his family because of his tendency to keep the kitchen spotless. And he loved to watch the Food Network. He printed out recipes, and he was particularly fond of making peanut butter pie with his daughter. His favorite show was "Emeril," because it was Sarah's, too.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.
CHAIRNOFF JEFFREY MARC, 35, of West Windsor N.J., died Sept. 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Jeffrey was a 1984 graduate of Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills PA, and a 1988 cum laude graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In 1992, Jeffrey joined Sandler O'Neill, an investment banking firm in New York City. He became a Managing Director of their mortgage finance group in 2000. Jeffrey is survived by his wife Helaine (nee Kaminsky), and 2 children Sarah (age 6) and Benjamin (age 19 months); also survived by his parents Hedda and Hugh Chairnoff of Yardley PA, sisters Deborah (Walter) Sherman of Wallingford PA and Alicia Chairnoff of Warrington PA, and paternal grandmother Vivian Chairnoff of Haverford PA. A Memorial Service was held Sunday Oct. 14th at Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville N.J. Contributions in Jeffrey's memory may be made to the Jeffrey M. Chairnoff Memorial Fund, c/o Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster PA 17604.
Paid notice published in THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on November 11, 2001.