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Jeffrey Farris

Jeffrey Farris

Veterans Funeral Care Jeffrey Farris

Jeffrey D. ?Jeff? Farris, 45, QMC-US Navy-?Naval Seal?-Retired of Riverview, FL passed away at his residence on July 13, 2007 of natural causes. A native of Manchester, CT that grew up in Union, ME and a local resident of Riverview, FL since 2003, when he moved here from Tampa, FL-Town and County Area; he was a realtor for A & M Reality Company-Century 21 in Riverview, FL; a Baptist and a member of the American Legion. During his career, Jeff was a submariner and a US Navy Seal and he also was a US Navy Recruiter. Jeff was assigned to the US Navy Submarine- SSBN Detterrent earning his Patrol Pin with 4 Gold and 1 Silver Stars; enlisted Silver Dolphins Insignia; Sublant Letter of Commendation; Lafayette Letter of Citation; Sea Service Ribbon with 6 Stars; Good Conduct Award with 2 Leafs; Navy Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Instructor Basic ?C? School and Company Commanders School. Jeff is survived by his wife, Dawn of Riverview, FL; three sons; Justin Farris of Summerville, SC; Timothy and William Hanna of Riverview, FL; two daughters, Amanda and Katie Farris, both of Summerville, SC; his father, Lester Farris of Auburn, Maine and a sister, Toni of Pittsburgh, PA. The family will receive friends at Southern Funeral Care, 10510 Riverview Drive, Riverview, FL 33569 on Wednesday evening, July 18, 2007 from 5 till 7:00 PM with a service at the conclusion of the visitation being conducted by Reverend Bill Grishaw. Burial will be Thursday afternoon, 2:30 PM, July 19, 2007 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 Exit # 309 of Interstate 75 with full military honors by the United States Marine Corps Det. # 708 Military Funeral Team. VETERANS FUNERAL CARE-CLEARWATER, FL. 727-467-0922.

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  • Terry I. Platts says:

    It has been my honor to serve the family as a retired military man that sereved in the United States Air Force. Chief Platts

  • Terry Farris Morgan says:

    we will be missed alot.

  • Terry Farris Morgan says:

    Your memories will always be in our hearts.

  • Phil Myers says:


    I am very sorry about your loss as Jeff and I were good friends at CP Ships. I wish you the best for the future.

    Phil Myers

  • Belinda Deming says:

    There are no words to express the sadness that has crept into my heart for Dawn and the children. Jeff was my step brother and we didn’t keep in touch as much as we could have but he is and has always been in my heart. I have treasured memories of our times together. We are all truly blessed to have known Jeff and had him in our lives! Rest in peace my brother!

  • Roger & Sandy Hanna says:

    Dawn and children,

    Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, Roger and Sandy

  • Colleen Gentile says:

    Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

  • Michael Hanna says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. You and the boys are in my thoughts.


  • Toni Kish says:

    You will be missed.

  • Jim & Lorna LeDuc says:

    Dawn and Family, we truly are sorry for your loss. We sincerely love you. Uncle Jim and Aunt Lorna

  • Donna Buttermore says:

    Jeff’s family and friends. I just found out about Jeff’s passing.
    I am so sorry for your lose. He will be forever missed. May you all find strength and guidance though the Lords help. Glod Bless
    Donna Buttermore
    CP Ships

  • Brian Harte says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I will keep you and your families in my prayers.

  • James Capoccia says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time. Jeff and I worked together at CP Ships.

  • Lester&Patricia Farris says:

    Dawn our Prayers and thoughts are with you .We will miss Jeff very much .We were very proud of him .Love Les andPat

  • Irma Schelsteder says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff’s family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Irma Schelsteder CP Ships

  • Meche Presley says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  • Meche Presley says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  • Hope Goodwin says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  • Tish Austin-Gainey says:


    My sincerest condolences.

  • Kattrell D. Bell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bring you closer to Him and by drawing closer to God you can have the peace that some day you will see Jeff or “King Dispatch”, as referred by his “CP Ships” family again in Heaven. May God bring you the peace which surpasses all understanding.

  • Ashley Barghoudian says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff’s family during this heartbreaking time. I can’t believe that he is gone. He was a very special man and he will be deeply missed.

  • Danielle Ortega says:

    To the family of Jeff,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My sincerest condolences go out to you.

  • Dorinda Blanton-Czeck says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Alyssa Christian says:

    To Jeffs family and friends.
    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    CP Ships

  • Lori Mitchell says:

    To the Farris family,
    I am saddened at the news of Jeff’s passing and I send my most sincere condolences to you. He was one of the most honest and kind people I have ever worked with, not just at CP, but ever.
    May the Lord comfort you all.

  • Joe Owens says:

    Dawn and family, my sincerest condolences to all on the loss of Jeff.

    Joe Owens

  • Bill Scharfenstein says:

    To The Farris Family:

    It is with great sadness that I learned of Jeffery’s passing. You have my sincere condolences.

  • Sharon Mikolay says:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family during this difficult and very sad time.

  • Janice Gardner says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Betty Phillips says:

    Sorry to learn of your loss. My prayers are with the family.

  • Donna & Michael Robinson says:

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Jeff was a wonderful, caring, giving man. When both Mike and I started at CP Ships, he was always willing to help. Jeff was their as a friend always. He spoke very highly of youDawn and we are sincerely sorry for your loss.

  • Richard Terpenning says:

    To the family of Jeff Farris,
    We are both sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Richard and Sebastian

  • Dawn Lopez says:

    Dawn ~ I am very sorry about your loss – Jeff will be missed. I wish you and the kids my very best. If you need “ANYTHING” I am here for you. Love ya, Dawn

  • Jessica Ordoñez says:

    Dawn and family, my sincerest condolences to all on the loss of Jeff.

  • Brandie says:


    I am deeply sadden by this news of Jeff’s passing….I had the pleasure of working with Jeff for a little over a year and man was he great at what he did. He definitely made an impact on me and I will remember him always.

    Warm Regards,
    Brandie McGowan-Fitzgerald

  • Lisa Myles says:


    My heart goes out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. You all will be in my prayers. Jeff was a young man with much wisdom and a heart of gold. He will be deeply missed.

  • Ayren says:

    To the Farris family:

    It is with great shock and sadness I learn of Jeff’s passing. It?s hard to believe the “iron man” could depart us. May God bless your family with the strength to get thru this difficult time.

    CP Ships

  • Matthew Muentes says:

    I will always remember you and kindness. My prayers are with you.

  • JUDY TROUT says:

    My thoughts and prayer go out to the family. Please know that we all cared for and respected Jeff as a co-worker and friend with the CP Family. He will be sadly missed.

  • Ernest Marcel says:

    I currently reside in the state Jeff was born. My thoughts go out to Dawn and family. Jeff was a good friend and very respectful person to all of his co-workers. God Bless and may the Lord comfort him and his family.

    With Warm Regards
    Ernest Marcel

  • Janie Polo says:

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Jeff was our customer at Terrier Transportation when he was with Lykes. I remember he used to get mad at me sometimes and I would tell him to slow down “Tiger”. He would just laugh at me. I know he had a big Heart and will be missed by his family. May God Bless you in this time of Loss.

    Janie Polo
    Terrier Transportation

  • Linda Bass says:

    Dear Farris Family,
    May God keep and comfort you in this trying time and thru life always. I am so sorry for your loss. The CP Ships family has you all in our hearts and prayers.

  • Ashant a Blackmon says:

    To the Farris Family,

    My deepest condolences, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  • Michelle Beuk says:

    To the Farris Family,

    Jeff will forever be in the hearts of the CP family. He was an incredible man and touched many lives. He will be deeply missed by all. May God be with you at this time of need. My prayers are with you.

    Michelle Beuk

  • Leonor Barreto says:

    To the Farris family which includes ?the Dog? Jeff loved and often spoke of,
    I am in complete shock and very sadden by the news of Jeff?s passing. I can remember him trying to get candy out of my candy jar and the BC powders that he loved so much. I?ll always remember the jokes, stories and laughs we had. It was a great honor to have known Jeff for over seven years. May he rest in peace and may his memory live forever.

    Leonor Barreto
    CP Ships

  • Brandie McGowan-Fitzgerald says:

    Ok, I just have to share these stories with everyone….

    When I first started working with Jeff i thought he was the biggest jerk…he was so military and so structured..I prayed why oh why did I get stuck sharing a cube with this man? But after he trained me to dispatch and we started talking for a while his true colors shined through! He was a funny man and would tell me stories about the days when he use to body build he even brought in pics to share At least 1 time a day I would ask him these RANDOM off the wall questions that had nothing to do with anything and he would just look at me like I was MUST have been high! Lol We just got the biggest laugh…I remember yelling at him every time he took a BC for his aches or feeling just terrible for him when he thought he had MS…My point to all of this is Jeff was a man of many faces mainly STRICT on the outside but once you got to know him he was a riot…I mill miss him dearly. He will stay in my memories forever!! I hope you Dawn, and the kids have memories that you to can sit back and laugh at as well. Laughter will heal your breaking hearts!

    Stay strong and continue to live through the memories he left.

    Brandie better known to Jeff as “Marie”. He knew I HATED that name but to bug the hell out of me he would call me that….we faught many days over that issue! LOL

  • Rick Raimo says:

    My condolences to Jeff’s family and friends. I didn’t know Jeff really well but I did talk to him often on our smoke breaks. He was always very funny and very honest.

  • Kerri Hernandez says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I had the pleasure to work with him for several years at CP. He was a wonderful man!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time.

  • Steven and Carmen Souza says:

    Thank you for your service to this wonderful country. It’s men like you that define our great nation. God Bless you and your family.

  • Darlene & William LeDuc says:

    Dawn, we will certainly miss Jeff, and we are here for you and the boys. We love you.

    Mom and Dad

  • Monique Sullivan says:

    Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family

  • Lee Hudson says:

    Dawn, my prayers and thoughts are with you and all of the children. May God bless you all. Lee Hudson

  • Ann Boytim says:

    Dawn and family I am sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to see you and your famiy come into Dr. K’s dental office and Diane and I always looked forward to seeing your friendly smile. Take care of yourelf and your family and once again my sincere sympathies in the loss of your husband Jeff.

  • Patti Moreland says:

    You will be missed! A good friend and coleague.

  • Adams Homes North Port Office says:

    We would like to express our most sincere condolences to your family.
    Your family will be remembered in our prayers.

    Adams Family in North Port

  • John Florkiewicz says:

    Dawn and family,
    Jeff will always be in our hearts. We were blessed to be a part of his life. My prayers for you and Jeff that his light will shine eternally.


  • Billy Molero says:

    Hello Dawn,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    I am in total shock.

    Jeff was one of the good guys, and it just a shame that this happened to one of the good ones. He was always a pleasure to talk to and be around.

    I will keep you and the kids in my prayers.

    Warmest and Sad Regards,


  • Arnold Evers says:

    To the Farris family,

    I am deeply saddened to have learned of Jeff’s sudden passing. In my view Jeff was a very good and honorable man. I am proud that I was instrumental in bringing him onboard at CP Ships. And,I know for a fact that CP was mighty glad we got him onboard as his job knowledge and work ethic saved our company a great deal of transportation expense.
    Try to stay strong and keep your faith through these trying times.

    Arnold S. Evers
    Valrico, Fl.

  • Peggy Delismon says:


    I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. Jeff, Tony, Linda and I started with “Americana Ships” in the Gulf Region within a couple of weeks of each other in 1999, and we fast became family.

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…

  • Will Briceno says:

    Very sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with the family.

  • Mark LaHue,Barb Denning says:

    Dear Dawn,
    We were shocked and saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing.Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Your friends and former next door neighbors, Mark and Barb

  • Hettie Hurst says:

    I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family- Jeff and I worked together at CP Ships- our home away from home-we had such a wonderful “family” there- and those times will be missed- Jeff taught me so much and yes it was always his way or the highway!!! I am shcoked and saddened by his passing, he was the one you would think would be here forever, he was so stubborn…

    Jeff we will miss you and we will meet again someday…

    Hettie Hurst

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  • Roxana Bernales-Biggs says:

    I will miss this man who first came to me asking who did not know the difference between Dallas and Fort Worth. I quickly learned that “logistically” they are two different cities. He taught me a lot about the industry and about living my life. When my husband passed away he encouraged me to live the life Scott wanted me to live, so I am and I know he wants that for all of you.

    Dawn, Kids, my thoughts and prayes are with you…live the life that he would have wanted you to live.

    “Don’t be sad because he’s gone from your physical life, be happy because he was a part of it, and always will be.”


  • Rossana Roacho says:

    My deepest condolences to Mrs. Farris and his family! I knew Jeff as my customer and friend for many years. He will be missed! May the lord be with him and hiw whole family! God Bless

  • DEANNA DURAN says:

    You will be missed..It was a Pleasure to of had the change to work with you over the years… Our thoughts and prayers are with your family … Tri-Star Freight system , Houston, TX

  • Tammy Couturier says:

    Dear Dawn, Children, Toni, and Pops,

    My heartfelt condolences to each of you as you grieve the passing of Jeff: husband; father; brother; son.

    Reading the tributes here testifies to the lasting impact his life had on those whose path intersected with his.

    As a Christian, Jeff had confidence and hope in what Romans 6:7-10 says and it also offers great comfort to all who grieve his death: “What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word.” Quoted from The Message on

    May God comfort you in this very difficult time. May He be ever so close to you through the loving arms of friends and family who hold you and wipe the tears from your face.

    Blessings to each of you,

  • John & Jill Billings says:

    Dawn and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Jeff was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all.

  • Ken Tock says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Farris family on Jeff’s passing. He was a trusted colleague and friend to many at CP Ships, and will be truly missed.

  • Martha Meyer says:

    To the Farris Family,

    I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Jeff personally but, talked to him a lot over the phone. He was a great guy, always willing to help.

    My sincere condolence to all the family.

  • Theresa & Rob Pate says:

    Dawn and Family,

    Words cannot express how sad we were to hear of Jeff’s passing. Through my recent loss I know that only time can begin to heal your grief. Jeff was always there to lend a helping hand and it won’t be the same at the office without him. Please know that Rob and I are here for you and the boys, whatever you need just let us know.

  • Tony & Celene Farris says:

    Jeff was our nephew. We knew him well, both in Connecticut and in Maine. He was a delightful child and we watched him grow into a fine young man. We are so proud to see what an accomplished and respected man he became. He left us much too soon. We send our deepest sympathy to his family.

    Tony and Celene Farris

  • Marcel M. Seeley says:

    Our Hearts are with you and your
    family at this time. With Deepest
    Sorrow! Marcel and Debbie Seeley
    Lester Farris’s Step-Son

  • Lisa Shupe says:

    Our Hearts are with you and your
    family at this time.

  • Howard Stevens says:

    I was honored to know Jeff. He was often the first person I saw each morning at work. He displayed a great understanding of different situations encountered in the job. I always welcomed his advice and opinions. We grieve with you Dawn and Jeff’s family for this great loss.

  • Jim Davis says:

    Dawn and Family: I’m oh so sorry for your loss. I’m very sorry that I cannot be there for you at this moment. I promise to do whatever I can to help my Veteran Brother’s Family during and after this great loss… It’s been an honor to work with Jeff; to see him daily; to laugh; to share knowledge and experiences; to call: MY BROTHER IN ARMS! Peace, Love, Happiness, God Bless.

  • Brandie McGowan-Fitzgerald says:


    You would have loved your service tonight buddy! Your wife and kids were troopers….they held it together they best way they knew how….They made sure you had the service you wanted! You would have been so proud of them….All of your CP Ships family showed up and we all laughed and talked about you….wish you were still around, believe it or not you had allot of people who cared about you! Rest in peace my friend and while your upstairs playing around having lots of fun, make sure you watch over your wife and kids from time to time….your work isn’t over yet! LOL


    PS….Your kids are the spitting image of you! I felt like I was looking directly at you!

  • Tiffany Barber says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Jeff very well, but he was very helpful to me in my first weeks at the office. I wish you and your family the best through these very tough times.

  • David says:

    Reading all of the posts I see that Jeff created another begining. I knew Jeff when he had first met and married his wife Ernestine. They were very happy together. They were known as the couple that hunted deer together and still had time for a candle light dinner. When I learned they were moving to Florida, Jeff, Ernestine and little Amanda to both work for CP, all of us thought it was a new beginning for them both. I know that Jeff seemed to be a great guy to you in Florida, but he was a stubborn old boy at times. No disrespect to the present wife. Dawn I am sure that you loved him very much. Ernestine often spoke of him as her soul mate. He could charm the best of them.
    Jeff ..I am sure that you are now able to ask your mom the one question that haunted you.

    Rest in peace……

  • Ayren Anderson says:


    Brandie is correct your family was amazingly strong for you last night. That was the 1st time I met Dawn and wish that it was under different circumstances but she did an amazing job standing strong for you. When the preacher read the letter she wrote about you it brought me to tears…. I actually think Tish even cried…LOL She wrote of the roses that you planted for her. As you watch over her make sure that God sheds sunshine and rain on those roses. Therefore Dawn can be reminded of your relationship in full bloom before you were taken to soon.

    We will miss you!!!!


  • Emily Laster says:

    I have not seen or talked to Jeff in many years, but I also remember him from days back here in Charleston, before we all moved to Tampa together! Jeff was a wonderful man, and will be deeply missed. To Jeff’s family and loved one’s, you are in my prayers, and I wish the best for you all.

  • Mr. & Mrs. William Farris says:

    Our thoughts are with you and we are very sorry for your loss.

  • Shirley Whittle says:

    To the Farris Family,
    My sincere condolences for your loss. Jeff was a nice guy that was always willing to help others. My thoughts are with you.

  • Robe Watson Allen XIII says:

    I have only know Jeff for a short periond of time but i have considered him a true friend. I will miss our conversations he touched everyone he knew and I am sure he will be greatly missed. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

    Robe Watson Allen XIII

  • James Charlton says:

    There is never in this life at times words to say when a loved one is gone, as words cannot replace them or who they were. We speak them to define the loved one , to share with others our feelings at this time to impart part of our lives that became entwined with theirs.

    My condolences to the family and friends of this man who was part of their lives and who touched so many
    in the course of his life and theirs. May your soul be free now from the fetters of this mortal coil. Rest in peace……………

  • Anne Haggerty says:

    It has just been over one year since Jeff became part of my real estate “family”. Everyone here is deeply saddened. There is a sullen air in the office, that will remain for quite some time. As a complicated man that Dawn described so very well in the reading, it took him a while to share his feelings with his real estate family, but one by one, we all became quite close. I will always rememaber Jeff Farris as a truely fine man who loved his wife and family very much along with Romeo and Juliet and his motorcycle!

  • Billy Meeler says:

    Im not a man of many words but would like to say that in the short time that I have known him he seeemed to be a great man and a good friend always willing to share his thoughts with others and to reach his hand out to help those in need you will always be loved and missed and i hope to see you on the other side someday

  • Raul Medina says:

    I knew him briefly. But the conversations that I had with Jeff. He had an open-mind. Never prejudged. And you can tell that he was a good man at heart and soul. Ty jeff

  • Laurie Engels says:

    I only knew Jeffrey for a short time, but I do know that he touched the hearts of all that were lucky enough to meet him.

  • Rose Kerr says:

    I was the Matron of honor at Jeff’s last wedding and never thought I would see they day that I would attend his funeral. Jeff was an active person and always eager to serve.

    He will be missed

  • Shirley Germain says:

    Jeff how it has sadden me to here this news of your passing ,The Lord must have needed a were a great person that had given me personally aspiration in my career will be missed dearly but like the psalm 23 The Psalm of david we will have our day and now the lord has blessed us in knowing you and now you have been promoted to serve him who is the king of glory ,peace be with your family and children you have left behind..psyou never sold my house:_…………….. Thank you Freind you will never be forgotten……..

  • Kimberly Supplee says:


    I am sorry that I never had the pleasure to meet Jeff. It became obvious at his service that I missed out on knowing a great man. And although you and I have just become friends, I want you to know that I am here for you if you need a shoulder. You and your family have been in my prayers. We’ll speak soon and remember I am just a phone call away if you need anything.

  • Christian Rivera says:

    Saw Jeff almost everyday, he was always in before everyone and normally one of the last ones to go home. Good guy, real old school, good at his job, sad to hear of the bad news. Our prayers go out to his family. Regards, CR

  • Glyn Thornhill says:

    Jeff, I knew you but for a short while, it was my pleasure. Glyn


    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spread her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other
    Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”
    “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
    Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone at my side says:
    “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
    “Here she comes, she is home!”

    Henry Van Dyke

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