Jeff Brian CANFIELD
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CANFIELD, Jeff Brian
Born on May 21, 1958 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento and passed away suddenly on April 9, 2014. Fearless in word and deed, he spent his childhood in the suburb of Rosemont and attended Sequoia Elementary, Albert Einstein JH and Hiram Johnson HS. He worked as a System Software Specialist at State Compensation Insurance Fund for twenty five years. He had many passions in his life-cutting edge technology, travel, politics, debate, science fiction fandom, Formula Vee racing and photography. His love of music ranged from medieval chants to opera to funk. He was the go-to person for any project that needed doing and would not give up until it was completed. He chaired many local and international Science Fiction conventions and founded Jeff Canfield Photography. He also drove a Formula Vee Viper race car and was an integral member of the San Francisco region of the SCCA. He leaves behind his mother, Jerie Canfield, sister, Laurie Cameron, brother-in-law Martin Cameron, and nephew Nicholas Cameron. He was preceded in death by his father Wally Canfield. He was a mentor to those younger and older than himself, and had an infectious belly laugh.
A memorial is being planned in June. Donations in his name can be made to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. His spirit and generosity will be with us always. Namaste


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Published in The Sacramento Bee from May 3 to May 4, 2014.
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June 14, 2014
Jeff, Kevin and Gail...the Sacramento crew on ConFranciso 1993. Still remember all the great conversation on the long drives to the Bay Area. Loved that wicked sense of humor and mischevious smile. RIP Jeff. You were an awesome friend.
Vince and Gail Sanders
May 19, 2014
To know Jeff, was to have a friend. We shared a love of racing and a garage to tell our lies. He will never be missed because he will never be forgotten.
Bruce Fuchiwaki
May 11, 2014
In memory of a great friend and colleague. You will be missed!
Mary Hanifin
May 11, 2014
Jeff was one of the most genuine and unique people I have had the privilege to meet and work with. You could always count on Jeff for honest feedback whether it was what you wanted to hear or not. He challenged us to remember to think about doing what was right vs what was easy, and he helped us stretch our minds. The last time I saw Jeff we talked a lot about making decisions based on what was comfortable or going in a little different direction and going a little above and beyond, and learning something new. I thought about that a lot and ultimately chose the latter, and I'm glad I did. Thank you Jeff for all you gave of yourself. I am better because of knowing you and the wisdom you shared. God bless you! You will be missed! My deepest sympathies to your family in this very difficult time.
Mary Hanifin
May 8, 2014
RIP Jeff, May God bless you and your family.
Fannie Wong
May 8, 2014
I worked with Jeff in State Fund for years. We worked closely on a number of projects. It was a big shock to hear of his death. My condolences to his loved ones.
Fannie Wong
May 6, 2014
RIP Jeff, my sincerest condolences to his family. Lived near & grew up with Jeff. He was a GREAT guy.
Todd Martin
May 5, 2014
I met Jeff in 9th grade science class at Einstein back in the day. We also went to Johnson together. I'm glad to have known him. My condolences to his family.
Dave Ruark
May 5, 2014
One of the "good Guys" You have the fortune of knowing in life. Smart, fun, wicked sense of humor, and a gentle manner. Rest well Jeff.
Larry Bacon
May 5, 2014
I knew Jeff years ago when he worked at FTB (prior to his move to SCIF). He had an intelligent humor about him. I hope that there will be an announcement of when/where the memorial will be held.
Mark Naber
May 3, 2014
One can judge the importance Jeff held in the Hearts of his Family and Friends by the void his sudden passing has left and it is vast.
Bob Freidin
May 3, 2014
Jeff was a younger kid in the neighborhood. We discussed science fiction writers and books a few times at Hiram Johnson. Sad to hear he has passed. My condolences to his loved ones.
Jim Wittenberg
May 3, 2014
Jeff was my best friend in junior high and high school. I loved him like a brother, but sadly I moved away and lost his friendship, now I have lost him forever. Jeff was intelligent, funny, a good baseball player and the kind of guy who made the time you spent with him wonderful.

I will miss you Jeff.
Timothy Walker Ph.D.
May 3, 2014
We have never met. But if there were the chance that you were like your father then you were a good man.Retired CEO of local union #3 Bob Hauptman
May 3, 2014
Jeff was a great friend at Hiram Johnson. He was one of the good guys.
Roger Johnston
May 3, 2014
I worked with Jeff for many years at State Fund. Shocked to hear of his death. My condolences to his family.
Tully Price
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