I'm still reeling from hearing this news just a few days ago. Working for Mr. D for four summers during my college years established a friendship that allowed us to share a great deal of music over the decades. I will miss his humor and his wisdom, but in a way I will carry that with me, so I can pretend that he's not really gone. Thanks for everything, my mentor and friend - you enriched my life more than you could ever know.
I first met Jeff in 1969 and has always generously supported my research on the composer Frederick Delius. Jeff was a warm, kind and fun-loving person who has provided wonderful musical experiences for all of us. His work on Delius laid a firm foundation for that composer's recognition in America. His friendship and his invaluable scholarship will not be forgotten.
I met Mr. Jeff when I worked for Mr. Harley. There were wonderful people and I loved them both. He will be greatly missed. Carol Stoll
Among so many of the lovers of Delius's music in England, both inside and out of the Delius Society, Jeff's name stands out as being the great American Delius scholar – and the man who did more than any other to build the Library's impressive archive of Delius-related material.
I first met Jeff in 1972, when we came together in Jacksonville at the first of the several Delius Festivals that I was to attend. It was then that he showed me the growing Delius Collection. Generously, he let me take back to London copies of some of the rare material in the collection that I didn't know of, to deposit in the Delius Trust Archive. In turn I sent him copies of various items from our own files which I thought he should have. So it was that we were in touch for over forty years – to the benefit, I would propose, of each of these institutions that we represented.
On a personal level Jeff was ever the warmest of hosts at lunches or dinners, either at his tranquil home at the water's edge or at one or other of the restaurants in or around Jacksonville. And the many visitors who came over so frequently from the UK knew they could always rely on him for the organisation and expertise that so informed their attendance at the festival.
On behalf of the Delius Trust and the Delius Society I salute the achievements of a true friend and moreover of a remarkable and highly gifted man. His many friends in England will miss him, as will Jacksonville's Public Library's outstanding Art and Music Department.
Dr Lionel Carley
Adviser and hon. Archivist, The Delius Trust
President, The Delius Society
May the God of all comfort be with the family at this time. Jo 3:16
I worked for Mr. D for 5 years many years ago; he was unique in many ways; a true Renaissance Man. I playfully continue to refer to him as the best boss ever. He liked to call me by my first and middle names, thereby making me an "honorary Southerner"; interesting for a New Yorker. I know you'll be watching films in heaven. Thanks for everything, Mr Driggers...Ann La Pidus Cardace
Jeff will be missed by many groups. Mary worked with "Mr D" for almost thirty years and all who saw him at work knew that he was a dedicated librarian. I served as a board member with him in the Delius Association. Jeff will be missed by lovers of classical music. We often saw him at concerts of the Jacksonville Symphony and organ concerts. Finally, when I discovered that we were distant cousins I had a chance to talk a little about family.
I find it hard to express my feelings for the man with whom I worked for nearly thirty years at the Jacksonville Public Library. Mr. Driggers welcomed me when I first came to the library and added so much to my knowledge of art, music and the cinema. Also, his guidance in working with library patrons was invaluable to me. Mr "D", I will miss you greatly, both as a co-worker and a friend
I enjoyed working with Mr Driggers at the Library many years ago. I am very sad to hear his passing.
Jeff Driggers was one of a kind: a southern gentleman who was never stodgy; a cutting wit who never wounded; a passionately principled man who never lost his temper; a serious man who brought good humor to every situation; a strong leader who encouraged his followers to strike their own paths toward a common goal; a gifted teacher who taught by example, not by lecturing; a trusted mentor who was eager to learn from those he guided. Always kind, ever generous, his was a remarkable life filled with love and laughter, well-spent, and dedicated to the betterment of Jacksonville Public Library and the Jacksonville arts community. He enriched the lives of all who knew him. He was a dear friend, and I will miss him. But something of him will always remain with me, too.
Goodbye uncle Jeff, eternal rest unto you. May you be reunited with Bill and Billy.
John and Connie Rocke
What a truly wonderful man was Jeff Driggers.(Some of us called him Chico!)
He was always joyful, with a big smile, and lots of musical anecdotes to pass along. He was higly admired in the library business, but even moreso in life. He was a very loving man, a great friend, and monument to music everywhere. I am sadder because has gone. but the memories he gave me will stay forever. God bless his remarkable soul. He will be with me forever. With special love,
Thank you Mr. D for helping to educate so many co-workers, especially your "student assistants" about music and films. Even your sophisticated humor helped us become more intelligent than when we first met you. My life is certainly richer for having known you. It's been 35 years since I came to work at the library, and though I didn't make it my career, I never forgot you or the lessons learned then. R.I.P. Mr. D
Jeff Driggers was an amazing person! He was my first boss when I was a student at the Jacksonville Public Library. I have never met a more patient, caring and knowledgeable supervisor. He inspired a young student to have an appreciation for classical music and foreign films - which I still enjoy. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have worked for him and learned so much. He has been an inspiration to me and will continue to be for the rest of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed by so many.
Jeff Driggers was a tremendous supporter of the arts and music in Jacksonville. His work with the Delius Association, Riverside Fine Arts Association, Friday Musicale, and many more will be missed. God bless to Jeff's family and friends for this tremendous loss.