Jeff Schneider (Sept. 27, 1956-Jan. 6, 2018)

Earlier this month I learned that our friend Jeff Schneider (Sept. 27, 1956-Jan. 6, 2018) had passed away. Jeff had been sick and failing for several years. On this website, which Jeff launched a couple of years ago, you can read about Jeff and explore his writing. In his bio, one sentence for me stands out: “At eighteen he left home to begin a geographical and psychologically itinerate life.” That is certainly true. Jeff did things his own way, in his own time, and with little or no thought about what others might think about him.

I met Jeff in eighth grade in Emerson, New Jersey, where we played a lot of basketball in his driveway. As high school misfits gravitate to each other, so Jeff and I became and remained friends.

Jeff was cremated and his ashes were spread in the garden he worked in his beautiful backyard in Ellenville.

Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Brian Scanlan


  1. Beth Tannenbaum Kasper

    So sorry to hear about Jeff.
    A very special person, great sense of humor. Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Ray Lavender

    Very sorry to hear this news about our classmate from 74…my sympathies to Jeff’s family.

  3. Pete Bowne

    So sad to hear about the passing of Jeff or Heff as we sometimes called him. He was a good classmate; so laid back and had great taste in music (Allman Brothers, James Gang, etc.). My condolences to Jeff’s family.

  4. Susan Derner Apple

    So sorry to hear about the loss, thoughts to his family and friends.

  5. Allan Zozzaro

    It is difficult to comprehend the loss of another classmate, especially such a kindhearted and good-natured guy. My deepest sympathy to all of Jeff’s friends and family at this very difficult time. May his memory live on forever.

  6. Lee McVey Gillis

    My thoughts and prayers for Jeff’s family and friends. I can still picture Jeff walking down the halls of Emerson High always with a big smile. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Gloria Lewis Tenewitz

    I considered Jeff (and yes, we did call him Heff because Mr. Menditto, our Spanish teacher, called him that in class) one of my very good friends in high school. After high school, I wondered for many years where he was, and how I could contact him. Once the internet made that possible, I googled him, to no avail. It wasn’t until I found out that Brian Scanlan was at least the one person who kept in touch with him. I was so happy to be able to email Jeff! He even sent me a copy of one of his books.

    The last I heard from him was last year when he was so kind to have sent me a card, with a personal note, after my son passed away. I was just thinking of Jeff a couple of days ago, and had planned on sending him a note.

    My condolences to Jeff’s friends, family and all who knew him. My prayers are for peace for all.

  8. Camille Conrad

    So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. My condolences to his family.

  9. Grace molfetas jacobs

    So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. A quiet guy, at least when I knew him. He was young and I’m sure hell be missed

  10. Fred Canavan

    Yes, it was Heff :-) Running into him was a happy part of your day. Bless you.

  11. Bob Gregory

    I am saddened by this news. Jeff was a talented and really good guy.
    He was also a big supporter of our annual MS Walk.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

  12. karl phillips

    very sad to hear- I’m getting back in touch just a little late:/ I knew Jeff in providence in the 90’s and shared a house or two,some poems,records, laughs ,drinks and weathered a few hurricanes,too -climate and otherwise.
    miss you brother and ” Fuck You Columbus !!!”