George W. "Jeff" Jeffrey passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013. He was a native of New Jersey, born in Jersey City, New Jersey and educated at Rutgers University.
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In 1946 Colorado Springs was chosen as home, a place to live, grow and have a family. The result of marriage to Lee Anesi in 1944 was two children: Barbara and Brian. George served in the Marine Air Corps during WWII from 1942-1946. Duty was in the South Pacific, primarily The Philippines, Southern Mindenow, Zamboanga, and PBJ Squadron VMB611.
Upon arrival in Colorado Springs in 1946, after an honorable discharge from the Marines, he was employed for several years at Alexander Film Company. George left Alexander Film Company to become a broadcast pioneer in 1953. He served the television industry from 1953-1983 working as an artist, producer, production manager, account executive, sales manager and Vice President/General Manager of KKTV, and was a well-known businessman in the broadcast industry throughout the nation.
George served on the CBS New York Affiliates Board of Directors for several years and also served as President of the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
In 1990 a new life was begun. George met and married Charlann Widmoyer-Hoit, the mother of two sons, Kevin and Brett Widmoyer. Kevin passed away in 2000 and Brett became part of the new family.
During this thirty year period George was active and prominent in the community in many capacities; serving on boards or as an officer and worker. These activities made for a very full life.
Some of the organizations in which he spent time include: President of the Pikes Peak Ad Council, President of the Urban League (local) for one year, Downtown Lions Club board member, United Way for several years, Soil Savers, Winter Night Club, Colorado Springs Country Club, El Paso Club and the Garden of the Gods Club.
He is survived by his loving wife Charlann; his son Brian; his granddaughter Kendra; and his stepson Brett Widmoyer.
George was preceded in death by his parents: George Baldwin Jeffrey and Lavina Garretson Jeffrey; his first wife Lee Anesi; and their daughter Barbara.
Memorial services will be held at Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905 as George was a member of The Legacy Guild Board.
Published in The Gazette on Oct. 8, 2013