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Jay Tyler Sappington, Belle River Court, Winter Park, was struck and killed by a car while crossing S.R. 50 in Orlando Friday, July 1, 2005, before midnight. Jay was a student at the University of Central Florida, a devoted guitar player and songwriter, dedicated and passionate member of Chabad of Greater Daytona, fisherman extraordinaire and beloved grandson, son, brother, neighbor, student and friend. Jay worked part time at Express in the Florida Mall. For eight years he played roller hockey for the illustrious Daytona Thunder. He went on great adventures with his brother and sister and inspired many friends and relations with his love of life, amazing observations of the goodness in people and this wonderful world G-d has given us. Jay's funeral was Sunday, July 3, at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Daytona Beach. Rabbi Pinchas Ezagui performed the graveside service. Survivors include his parents, Jim and Roberta Sappington; grandmother, Dorothy Weissman; brother and sister, Gabriel and Deena Genauer; uncles, Barry, Wayne and Michael Weiss-man; and many devoted friends. To honor his memory, please send donations to Chabad of Greater Daytona, 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jul. 7, 2005.
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July 1, 2020
I didnt know Jay personally but I know his parents and his sister and I know the grief they felt. Jay was talented and loved by many. So many happy memories shared by all that love him.
Carol Bennett-Tate
July 1, 2020
Jays soul is a great source of strength today and every day. As we carry him in our hearts, we give love to everyone he loved and we keep doing good deeds in his merit. Please enjoy Jays music at Sappingtonmusic.com and have a great day NO MATTER WHAT on this, the anniversary of his passing.
Jim and Roberta Sappington
July 5, 2019
Unbelievable that it's been 14 years since Jay was taken into the World of Truth. We, his family, are doing all we can to insure that nothing he stood for has died with him. He has transformed the way we think about life and death, what is important and what is trivial.
Jay's father and I were laughing recently, as we often do, about some endearing memories we have of Jay. At 18 months, on the way to Gabe's 12th birthday party, he busted out singing "We Are The World" in a perfect Bruce Springsteen imitation. Hysterical! Amazing!
Then, 16 years later, while practicing basic chords and strums, he asked me how I can play the guitar and sing at the same time. He figured it out pretty fast, because he sang and played like a pro.
Blessings to all Jay's friends and family. -Jay's mom
Roberta Sappington
July 4, 2019
Jay you are always loved and remembered.
Carol Bennett-Tate
September 3, 2018
My prayers & thoughts are continually with you and your wonderful family, Roberta.
Jana Kimball
September 3, 2018
Great to get notified that someone visited Jay. Last week I renewed Sappingtonmusic.com for the next ten years. Please visit and listen to a song or two, look at some pictures.
Jay's father and I feel so much gratitude and joy whenever we experience people connecting to our thrilling, vibrant and loving son. Evidence of eternal life.
Jim and Roberta Sappington
August 31, 2018
It's been a long time since I wrote to ya jay, but not a day goes by where I don't think of you. I miss you brother and your beautiful music.
April 3, 2018
Jonathan Brownhill
October 20, 2016
On Sunday, Oct. 16, Jay would have turned 33 years old. Here's what his big brother, Gabe wrote:We just came back from having a birthday dinner for Jay T. I brought along a photo album of him and gave the kids a scavenger hunt of sorts...like finding the picture of him where he is closest to their age, youngest, oldest, etc. I like finding ways of getting them to relate to their Uncle Jay. As painful as it is, I like to reflect on what an awesome Uncle he would have been, and how much fun he and Jay Kuppel and Talia and Max and Dov would have had together. His sense of humor, playful attitude, and love of family were as good as it gets, and I know he smiles down from heaven at his little niece and nephews.
Roberta Sappington
October 18, 2015
Thank you, everyone who gave light and beauty to all who read this legacy book. Your messages are "slender threads of insight" connected to truth that never ends. May you be blessed with all your hearts' desires and may we merit peace now and forever. Love, jays mom and family.
Roberta Sappington
October 17, 2015
Happy Birthday Jay! I still think of you everyday and really miss my friend. Jay was honest, hilarious and the true definition of a good friend. His integrity was simply unmatched. I love you buddy!
Kyle Francis
October 17, 2015
Happy birthday in heavens, Jay. Thinking of you and your family on this day, Roberta & family.
Christine Le
October 17, 2015
Saw Jay's picturein yje news journal, on his birthday and wanted to say we think of all of you often. The memorial site is a lovely way to honor him.Enjoyed his music and pictures.
Trish LaMadeleine
October 16, 2015
I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you. I saw the loving memory in the newspaper today from your family. It touched my heart since I lost my 19 year old granddaughter in 2012. Your music is beautiful and I know your family and loved ones treasure it. Happy 32nd birthday in heaven and on earth and God please bless your family.
Rebecca Buchanan
October 16, 2015
I was a friend of Jay's all through middle and high school. He was such a great, fun loving guy and I think about him often.
Amber Pacetti Wilson
October 16, 2015
Would of been 32 years old this year and completely happy somewhere in your life for that I'm sure. Your image and pesonalitly was 1 of a kind and will never be forgotten you touched so many souls !! Miss you Slap wish my son could of meet you.
Anthony Johnston
October 16, 2015
Happy Birthday Jay. It is such a moving tribute to you to have your Mom celebrate your life in this way.
Lisa Shaw
June 13, 2015
Jay, you are so loved and missed! Sorry we could not make your celebration!
Uncle Walrus and Sharon Jones
June 11, 2015
Tonight I witnessed a beautiful celebration of Jay's life amongst his family and friends. It's hard to believe ten years have passed. Tears fell this evening as special guests offered great enlightenment into the mystery of life and the motifs behind Jay's imperishable compassion for others. He is missed but he is forever remembered; his songs remain the same.
May 5, 2015
I listen to our old recordings all of the time. Jay was a fantastic musician.
May 3, 2015
Here's Jay's youngest nephew, Dov Jacob Weintraub. He's 1-1/2 years old now and very fun loving. Deena is a great mom, as her husband Mitch and three year old son Max would eagerly agree.
The family is sponsoring a special dinner in memory of the tenth anniversary of Jay's passing. It will be an evening where, like his lyrics, "Slender threads of insight are somehow connected to truth." Please call if you want more information so you can attend. Love, Jay's Mom, Roberta, 386-672-9799
April 16, 2015
Miss you every day old friend. Your passion for music inspires me to this very day. You played a beat on my heart that I will never forget. Thank you so much. I love and miss ya, bro.
April 4, 2015
After a concert at the House of Blues
Valerie Wilson
April 4, 2015
Deep thoughts at Islands of Adventure
Valerie Wilson
April 4, 2015
UCF 2003
Valerie Wilson
April 4, 2015
Cinnabon at Islands of Adventure!
Valerie Wilson
April 4, 2015
Islands of Adventure
Valerie Wilson
April 4, 2015
UCF 2003
Roberta and family,

I just realized it's Passover. I am a friend of Jay's and spent Passover with your family and Irit years ago. I will always remember it as one of the most beautiful experiences. I still think about Jay often and my mom, who only met him one day for a few hours at Universal Studios, still does too. She instantly saw what a wonderful person he was. His spirit was simultaneously so innocent and wise, and his life was a beautiful expression of faith and peace. I learned a lot from his example. He and your family will always be in my thoughts and memories. Peace to you all, Valerie
Valerie Wilson
December 19, 2014
Dear Roberta
I sat today after giving you your facial and listened to all of Jay's music and looked thru all those beautiful photos of you son ,he I looks exactly the way you describe him ! So very handsome and you can just see the kindness in his face !
Today being my sons 14 th birthday was so very special to share your son's music with him ! I am so so very sorry for your loss but how very blessed you were to have had such a special angel in your life !
I am hugging you and praise you for constant uplifting spirit and how you keep your son alive and sharing him with all of us ,I thank you for your beautiful memories always keep them close to your heart
You make me smile
Love Karin Finch
October 17, 2013
Yesterday Jay would have been 30 years old. Our new reality without Jay in this physical world is still unfolding. Ashlee and her beautiful children visited so I could give her the present for HER thirtieth, but she was all about Jay. Tears for the children he never had, the awful twist of fate that led to his death despite how clean, healthy, strong and bright he was. Ashlee cried all our tears.
Gabe and Deena also had so much to say about their beloved brother. We all know that Jay's soul needs us to be happy or he will suffer in the World of Truth. Let's keep sending love and light. Blessings to all. Amen
Robera Sappington
June 16, 2013
The beautiful way you give his blessed memory honor is inspirational. As was his music. Sending much love your way.
Beth Weissman
June 16, 2013
Jay, thank you for showing me the futility of "bucket lists" and attempts at filling them when we finally accept that life is short or we find out we don't have much time left, for one reason or another. You didn't need a bucket list...you had a full bucket every day because you kept it full with your enthusiasm, adventerous spirit, zest for enjoying and experiencing every minute of life, all while being a ray of sunshine to Jim, Roberta, Gabe, and Deena and all of us who had the unique and blessed privilege of knowing and loving you. Feel our love until we see you again. Keith and Ginger
Keith Haney
June 16, 2013
Jeremy and Brian, thanks for your soulful messages in Jay's guest book. You give his family light and joy as you reflect on his essence. You are doing just what Jay would want by keeping the music alive.
We still have all the equipment Jay was using to record, so if you have ideas for what we should do with these items, please advise us, even to say after all these years, the technology might be obsolete. We welcome you any time so please visit! Roberta Sappington, 386-672-9799
Roberta Sappington
June 13, 2013
Hi, family and friends of Jay. I was a friend of Jay's when he was at UCF (I knew him through a mutual friend, Amir Tal), and I played a few shows with Jay at Natura Cafe in Orlando. I always loved and admired Jay's music and, of course, I was completely stunned and deeply saddened when he passed away... I have never seen this website until today, and I was almost brought to tears when I listened to "Park Bench" for the first time in years. I'm so glad that you posted his music. I will always remember how friendly, energetic and positive Jay was. But in addition, I will keep his memory alive through his music. In fact, I was listening to it with my 9-month old son just now :) One day, when I play it again for him, my son might ask "Who wrote this song, daddy?" and I will tell him it was written by a friend I knew long ago, a good man, who was a brilliant musician and an inspiring friend. He was taken from us too young, but God left us his music to remember him by.

I wish his family the best. Thanks for the music, Jay. As Brian said, save me a seat on the park bench!!!
Jeremy Mares
May 27, 2013
In the Jewish calendar which is lunar, the anniversary of Jay's passing will be June 3, and I will light his candle at nightfall, Sunday June 2. Of course his memorial will be in the News Journal July 1 on the solar calendar date. I'm taking your ideas that you write or call to give me about what text to put with the photo this time. Love to all who love Jay. Ma 386-672-9799
Roberta Sappington
May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013
March 6, 2013
Brian, what a beautiful message, thank you for posting it! I am Jay's brother Gabe and I was with him when he wrote that song you referered to...Park Bench. He was visiting me in Portland and I took him to a park where i was going for a swim and when I got out of the water and met back up with him he was so excited about what he had just written that he couldn't wait to play it for me. The kid was pure inspiration and passion for music and for life. It is heartwarming to know that so many other people saw this in him and that his legacy and memory lives on. Keep playing and listening!
Gabe Genauer
March 4, 2013
My name is Brian Buffaloe. If it wasn't for Jay Sappington, then I am not sure what I would have become. Thanks to Jay, I am a musician. Every time I sit behind my instrument, I can't help but think about Jay. Reason being......Jay was the first person to let me play hand percussion on original material. That's right....no practice...and no doubts. He had faith in what little experience I had at the time. I forever give thanks to Jay and his ability to mold my life of music. I would give anything for his guidance and input on everything that I have done. But either way, I know he would be proud. I miss you every day, old friend. You have a huge impact on my life and I wouldn't change it for the world. When it's my time to go, will follow the big white light until I find you. Just save me a seat on your park bench. I love you, Jay.
December 16, 2012
Dear Roberta and family,
Jay's music was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with me. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Christine Le
Christine Le
October 25, 2012
Lindsey, your message brought joy to our family and true appreciation from Jay in heaven. He loved attention in this world and you gave him a fine dose for the next. I read your words to my husband(Jay's father). He echoes my feelings. If you record any of Jay's songs, we'd love to hear them. Blessings and thanks. Jay's mom Roberta
Roberta Sappington
October 24, 2012
Dear Jay,

It's been 7 years since I've written in this, and boy, have things changed. I have since recorded some of my own original music, and began reflecting on people I knew who were great songwriters and just had to listen to your music again. Tons of memories came back to me and I felt very compelled to write you again. I'd love to do a cover of one of your songs sometime...we never did get to write together like I'd hoped. After all these years, I still have yet to find someone who can compare to you-you truly were one of a kind. You cracked me up so much. I definitely feel like it was fate that we ran into each other so close to your passing and just had a great, random time hanging out and catching up. I think it was meant to be. I pass by your old condo every day and not a day goes by that I don't turn my head and look at your building and think of all of the laughter and fun that was had in that place. I remember you had an interesting roommate with a cat named Eola. And one time the cat did something gross and she was screaming at the cat and dry heaving at the same time. You used to impersonate it when she wasn't around...hahahah!!! But it sounded exactly like it! I'm literally cracking up typing this. Hilarious..I can not believe I still remember that ridiculous story! You were such a great storyteller, which I'm sure is why it still sticks out in my mind. You'd appreciate those random weird moments of hilarity and always bring it back to life with your spot-on impersonations. Man, do I wish I could have spent more time with you. You had such a zest for life and a fearlessness that I will never forget. You just embraced everything head on with no regrets and drank in everything life could offer you. It was so admirable. Love and miss, still after all these years.
Lindsey Trefz
July 3, 2012
Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You are always in my mind and definatley can hear you'r laughter every day <3 Love you always
July 2, 2012
You're still in my heart and on my mind! Miss you constantly.....there are always moments where I say "Jay would love this, or wouldn't it be great if Jay were here to endure this!" You are not forgotten....nor will you ever be! Love you!
Chasity Martiz
July 1, 2012
Dear Jay,
We will never forget you. It is comforting to know, that wherever you are, God is taking care of you. We love you.
MJ Harris
July 1, 2012
Hello family of Jay, I listened to some of Jays songs and saw some of the family photos.Our son played drums. I also lost my son in 2005 in an accident.He was 28. I know your pain. Donna Godwin
Donna Godwin
July 1, 2012
I did not know your son, but what I have read, he was a wonderful young man. My heart goes out to you and your family. I just loss my son six months ago at 41 years of age. I do not know when the day will come that I will stop crying. No one knows what a parent feels when a child is lost. Each day hurts. I do know first hand what you are going through. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Joan Stemen
October 18, 2011

I did not know precious your son and can only imagine the depth of your grief. I am so sorry for your loss.

Judy Fournier Bingham
October 16, 2011
Happy Birthday, Jay.
Ashlee Roberson
October 16, 2011
Jim, Roberta, Gabe and Deena , we are thinking of you, my grandma lit a candle for Jay today. this is a wonderful site to see and hear Jay. Love you all
The Cencerik's
John Cencerik
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