Jeffery J. Reif
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Reif, Jeffery J.

Retired MMCS (SS) Jeffery J. Reif, 53, of Endicott, entered into eternal life surrounded by his family on April 21, 2016 after a brief but courageous battle with brain cancer. He is predeceased by his brother, James M. Reif; paternal grandparents, Louis & Catherine Reif; maternal grandparents, Albert & Dorothy Cerroni; and nephew, Nicholas Reif. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Phyllis (Lloyd); two daughters, Freedom Maylynn (Johnny) Robeaux, Oklahoma; and Rebecca Doyle, Binghamton; three grandchildren, Zane and Brendan Robeaux, Oklahoma; and Karissa Doyle, Binghamton; parents, James L. Reif & Shirley Dragos, Endicott; sister, Katherine Reif, Texas; sister-in-law, Susan Reif, Endicott; "Favorite Aunt" Mary Ellen (Lewis) Mauro, Binghamton; mother-in-law, Syble Davis, Florida; sisters-in-law, Brenda (Chuck) Mitchell, Texas; MaryAnn (Danny) Brock, Alabama; also by his wonderful nieces and nephews, Justin, Sara and Christine Reif; Lauren (Josh) Wurth; Emery & Brynlee Wurth and Kinsley Lederman; his cousins, Michelle (Patrick) Barthel; Lisa (Rich) Schappert; Caroline & Cate Barthel; Ryan and Ella Schappert; and many other cousins. All will truly miss him. Jeff was a graduate of Union Endicott High School, Class of 1980 and was a member of the 1979 State Championship Football Team. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy in September 1980 where he proudly served his country for 26 years. He attended recuit training in Great Lakes, Illinois. He then attended Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut. His sea duty assignments include: USS TECUMSEH (SSBN 628) (BLUE) - Five patrols. While onboard, Jeff earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Battle Efficiency awards. The USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645) (BLUE); The USS GROTON (SSN 694); The USS ANNAPOLIS (SSN 760), where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and the USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758). Senior Chief Reif's shore tours include Boise Military Enlisted Processing Station (MEPS), Boise, Idaho; Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut, COMSUBPAC Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team, and as a COMSUBPAC Force Torpedoman in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various other personal and unit citations. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 9:30am from the Leon Pucedo Funeral Home, Inc., 1905 Watson Blvd., Endicott and at 10am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Entombment will follow in Riverhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Pucedo Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 7pm.






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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 23 to Apr. 25, 2016.
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St. Anthony of Padua Church
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Riverhurst Cemetery
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April 17, 2020
SUBMARINE PRAYER
DOUG COFFMAN
Friend
April 17, 2020
WE'RE OUT HERE FOR YOU SHIPMATE. WE GOT THE WATCH.
DOUG COFFMAN
Friend
April 17, 2020
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN SHIPMATE.
DOUG COFFMAN
Friend
April 17, 2019
YOU ARE SURELY MISSED SHIPMATE. ALL THE BEST TO THE FAMILY, HOPE ALL IS WELL.
DOUG COFFMAN
Friend
June 12, 2016
Rest your oars brother I have the watch! Love and miss you Jeffrey!
Bernie Ward
April 29, 2016
JEFF, FAIR WINDS AND CALM SEAS MY FRIEND.

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

DOUG COFFMAN USN
MASTER CHIEF (EXW/SS/AW)
TORPEDOMAN
DOUG COFFMAN
April 28, 2016
My condolences to Jeff's family. I stayed with him and Phyllis before I got out of the Navy. Prayers for everyone
Tony Daniel
April 27, 2016
To the Reif Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Jeffery's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one and all SUBVETS and their families have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Jeffery will always be remembered as a Brother of the Phin and a great Patriot.

MMCS(SS)/Weps Jeffery J. Reif
US Navy Submarine Veteran Retired
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, Base Chaplain
Nick Nichols
April 27, 2016
I did not know Jeffery, but we trod some of the same decks aboard USS Tecumseh. Rest your oar, shipmate. -Bob Sebaste, MCPO (ret.)
April 26, 2016
God bless the Reif family. We all grew up together in West Corners. To Jeff and Jim........God bless you both.
Brian Pish
April 26, 2016
We are very sorry to hear of your loss and we share in your sorrow. We knew Jeff from high school and as a member of our St. Anthony of Padua parish family. He was always kind, friendly and helpful. His service to our country is an inspiration and is greatly appreciated. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. May God be near you and give you comfort at this difficult time.
Robert & Lisa Lee & Family
Lisa Lee
April 26, 2016
We were so sorry to hear about Jeff, our prayers are with you Phyliss and you whole family. Our deepest sympathy, Cathy and Eddie Ranucci.
Ed & Cathy Ranucci
April 25, 2016
My condolences during this difficult time.

- Jack Mosquera
Joaquin Mosquera
April 25, 2016
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. -Mahatma Gandhi
Frank Slack
April 25, 2016
Phyllis,

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

Jeff was a great man. He always had a smile on his face, and a kind word to say.

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Frank Slack
April 25, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May it be of some comfort to know he now sits in peace with God.
Lisa Weidman
April 25, 2016
Thank you for your service to our Nation, Senior. Rest Easy, Shipmate. We have the Watch.
April 25, 2016
To the family of Jeffery Reif,
We are very sorry for your loss.

Rick And Jen Fabrizi
April 24, 2016
Jim; My most sincere condolences on the loss you and your extended family have experienced. May you find solace in knowing he was a fine young man who also served honorably and with distinction.
Richard Blake
April 24, 2016
Phyllis and Shirley I am so sorry to hear about this. When my father (Ralph) was in the hospital it was often Jeff and Phyllis that drove his mother Shirley back and forth to the hospital. This was during the winter but Jeff never shied away because of weather. Jeff, Phyllis and Shirley sat for many hours with my father. I will always be grateful for the support and their willingness to help my father during his sickness and last days on earth. Jeff expressed love for my father and that was true to his character. May you rest in peace and God bless you and your family
Dale Iannone
April 24, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband , father , grandfather ,Son ...Jeff was a wonderful guy ..He had a great sense of humor ...He really loved his family so much ...He left us too young ..Jeff enjoy Heaven ..So many people loved you and so did God ....He wanted you with HIM ....
Mamie Boreffi
April 24, 2016
Rest easy brother. We have the watch.
Jason Fenley
April 24, 2016
buck and marie carroll jim and family were so sorry for your loss our prayers with you all
buck& marie carroll
April 24, 2016
RIP to a fellow Senior Chief sub sailor. Fair winds and following seas, rest your oar sailor we have the watch.
Steve Ramiro
April 24, 2016
Jim... We were saddened to read of your sons passing. We all should be thankful for his example of dedicated service to his country. Jeffery must have been a source of great pride for you and your family and we pray the memories of a life well lived will help ease your grief. Our prayers go with you. God Bless. Breakfast Mates ... Jim and Donna Warke
April 24, 2016
To Jim and the entire Reif Family ,so many hearts are broken along with your Wonderful Family's on Jeff's passing.Often seeing him at Eddie's and around town and at meetings he was uch an inspiration and all around friendly,proud and decent human being.I know so many will miss him and my name goes on that list.May you know always my thoughts and prayers go with my condolences on this loss of a fine Gentleman.
Mayor John Bertoni
April 24, 2016
My condolences to a wonderful person in Jeff.Always a smile on his face,willing to help whenever possible and kindness to all despite all odds.So proud of his service to Country,his Family and his many friends.It was a pleasure to know this Gentleman and he will be remembered.
Mayor John Bertoni
April 24, 2016
Fair Wind's and Following Seas Brother. You shall not be forgotten. May those you left behind remember that they will be in the prayers of the Bubble Head Brotherhood.
John Butler
April 23, 2016
My deepest sympathy to you Katie, Phyllis and family. Words cannot express how I feel, Jeff was such a nice man and I was always proud of the way he served our country.
Hannah Anderson
April 23, 2016
rip shipmate, sailors, rest your oars. we have the watch, god bless
April 23, 2016
You were a great friend and fellow Chief. Our time on Asheville was full of fun and excellence. I'll miss you buddy.
STSCS(SS) Jernigan
Kelly Jernigan
April 23, 2016
Parish Picnic - Sept 2015
Phyllis and Jim and family, on behalf of the St. Anthony's Holy Name Society, and Nick Diles President, I express my thoughts and prayers for the remembrance of Jeff Reif. Jim Ciotoli
Jim Ciotoli
April 23, 2016
My condolences to the family. Rest easy Chief, we have the watch.
April 23, 2016
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on Jeffery's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for Jeffery's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother of the Phin we say, Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country."
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. - 2 Thess 3:16.

Jeffery J. Reif MMCM(SS), US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate
His record is now posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI
Bill Dixon
April 23, 2016
God Bless Jeff and God Bless my friend Jim . Thanks Jeff for your incredible service to your country. Condolences to Your Family and friends.
Sincerely,
Wally Bell
April 23, 2016
Jeff always had a smile, he will truly be missed
Cindy Kerr
April 23, 2016
We will always remember Jeff. He would try to race with the girls and was always making them laugh. Jeff always had funny stories. He will be greatly missed.
Gretchen Fahringer
April 23, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you all. I worked with Sue (Jim Reif's wife) back in 1984-86 at Friendly's. I'm from the class of UE 1986. Even though I didn't know Jeffery, I send love to you all in this very difficult time. May Jim and Jeffery be together again to watch over your family.
Heather Burnard-Norell
April 23, 2016
Katie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Jeff. PLease know that I am praying for you and your family as you struggle to make sense of this terrible loss. May you find peace and comfort in his memory and that God holds you close.
Karen Kirkebak
Karen Kirkebak
April 23, 2016
Great man, great family. Remembering his incredible sense of humor and his great faith! Thank you to the family for sharing him as the grandfather every child should remember - always there!
Jackie Adams
April 23, 2016
Go with God Jeff. Katie talked of you often and loves.you very much.
Paul Corcoran
April 23, 2016
Condolences on your loss, a true HERO to his family and his country. May he rest in the loving arms of Jesus, and rejoice in the knowledge that he's free of all his pain and suffering . May God give his wonderful family and friends comfort at this difficult time.
Ellice Cronk-Hunter
April 23, 2016
jim, i want to know that im truly heartbroken over this loss. you have been a friend to me over these years while we have watched them grow into fine young men.

during the years that we coached them great friendships where forged with all of you. it makes my heart warm to think that for a moment i touched their lives and i know that perhaps they took something from that and became fine people.

i will never forget the day you called me to offer your support during my crisis and ive never forgot how that made me feel.

in some way jim, i want to find the words that will comfort you but i cannot. it is good that you know that ive always loved you and the boys and treasured every memory, every picture and every first down and all the successes we had during the years.

its hard to understand the paths that we have to take but i can say that in our God there is light and love and safety and strength.

He provides these things for us in good times and in bad times and great comfort can be gained by walking with Him.

jimmy, it is with great sorrow that i attempt to offer my condolences but i want you to know that in my heart i am walking with you in God's light and knowing He will give the strength you need to cross this bridge.

your friend, dennis cochardo
April 23, 2016
William Durdon
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