Hickey, Jeffrey Thomas
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May 21, 1971 - December 4, 2012. Jeffrey Thomas Hickey was born in Phoenix, Arizona on May 21, 1971 to Tom and Linda Hickey and went to heaven on December 4th, 2012. Jeff is survived by his three precious children, Connor Thomas, Grady James, and Abby Marie, and their mother Kim Hickey; his mother Linda, and step-father Phil Barkdoll, and siblings Jason Barkdoll, Kim Silver, Susie Jordan, Lori Link; step-brothers Steve Barkdoll, Jeff Barkdoll and step-sisters Debi Luty and Wanda Barkdoll. He is also survived by his grandparents Clyde and Peggy Smith of San Antonio, Texas. Aunt Sandy and uncle Gary hold a special place in Jeff's heart as well. Jeff has countless sister and brother in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and other extended family that he loved dearly. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Tom Hickey, his grandmother Helen Smith, and his Aunt Karen. Jeff grew up in Tempe and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. Jeff was an avid athlete and excitedly supported U of A sports. Jeff had a magnetic personality, which drew people to him. He enjoyed his family and was committed to those around him. Like all people, Jeff struggled, but he had a fearless, irrepressible joy for life and an intuitive gift for bringing smiles to everyone he knew. Jeff brightened a room when he entered it, and positively impacted all those he touched. Jeff's love for his children radiated in his face. We were blessed to have Jeff in our lives and already miss him more deeply than words can express. Jeff died with a heart the angels will love. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life and he shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Parish of St. Benedict on Friday, December 7th at 2pm. The Parish is located at 16223 S. 48th Street in Phoenix. Interment burial will take place at Green Acres Cemetery located at 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale on Sunday, December 9th, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Arizona Alliance for the Mentally Ill located at 5025 E. Washington Street, Suite 112, Phoenix, AZ 85034.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 7, 2012