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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Jeffrey Allen Jenkins

July 10, 1968August 20, 2019

Jeffrey Allen Jenkins 7/10/1968-8/20/2019

Jeffrey Allen Jenkins, 51, passed away with family by his side at Hartford Hospital on Aug 20, 2019. He was a man of strong faith believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that was awaiting him.

Jeff was raised in East Hartford, CT and attended East Hartford High School where he met many of his lifelong friends. He later served his country proudly in the United States Army as a PV2 with the 102d QM Co, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) . Jeff loved to play football and was a proud Minnesota Vikings fan. He was also a lover of music, motorcycles, and most importantly his family. Jeff will always be remembered for his spirited personality. He was lively, generous, and fun loving with a special way of touching people wherever he went.

Jeff had a real passion for serving his community which led him to his work with the Salvation Army Manchester Citadel. Jeff's goal was to inspire people through his testimony that there are always second chances when you accept Jesus Christ. He recently grew the desire to preach his love and devotion to God, and enrolled himself in the College of Officer Training to become ordained as a minister. Jeff was grateful for his time at Camp Connri and all the relationships built with the Salvation Army family. Jeff often expressed if he was able to make a difference in just one person's life that is all that mattered. He shared this verse to encourage others that we can move forward in an uncertain world if we hold a piece of God in our hearts: Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord our God will be with you wherever you go.

Jeffrey now has joined his father Evan “Al” Jenkins in heaven. He is survived by his mother Beverly Oliver Jenkins and partner Dave Barton. He was the youngest of eight siblings: John Jenkins, Sandra Cray and her husband Jim, Sheila Hamilton and her husband Brian, Ronald Jenkins, David Jenkins, Robin Putnam and Pamela Graves and her husband Christopher. He sadly leaves behind his four precious daughters, Caitlin, Brittney, Dakotah, and Madison Jenkins, whom he cherished more than anything. Along with three beautiful grandchildren Julianna, Alijah, and Greyson. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

There will be no calling hours, it was Jeff's wish to have a celebration of his life which will be held at the Salvation Army Manchester Citadel located at 661 Main St on Monday August 26 at 12p. Burial service will be held at Hillstown Veterans Cemetery in 180 Hillstown Rd, Manchester, CT at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers any donation can be made in his honor to The Salvation Army Rock Program, 661 Main St., Manchester, CT 06040.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Burial with Military Honors Monday, August 26, 2019

Memories

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Delmad Barker

August 25, 2019

I met Jeff in 1987 at Fort Campbell, KY and we were roommates for awhile. Jeff would travel to WV with me on weekends and was just like family. We reconnected on Facebook and I was coming to see him in September. He was so vibrant even then. I was so happy when he found Jesus and when we conversed it was all he would talk about. I am saddened that I didn’t get to see him but Happy he is in heaven.

Edward Otto

August 25, 2019

Great childhood friend many great memories
Rest in peace my friend watch over us all

Sally Pastore

August 23, 2019

Many memories, many years... All great! Thank you Jeff for being the great person and friend you were to so many! Thank you for all the talks and great advice. Fly high my friend, I know you will be watching over all of us, especially your beautiful girls. My thoughts and prayers going out to all his family and friends.

Gail Puchalsky

August 23, 2019

Jeff and I went to high school together. He was a great man and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, his family and his friends. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Billy Gilnack

August 23, 2019

Jeff and I became friends many years ago after meeting at Skating Palace East. He was a good man and always had a smile on his face. May god bless you Jeff along with your daughters and family you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Nancy Turner

August 23, 2019

Jeff and I dated in 1992 for about 6 months or more ,We met at Dennys in EH late one night .I was impressed by his devotion to his two girls who were little and his respect for woman.I will cherish his friendship and love for Jesus,My condolences to his daughter's and family and im glad we reconnected on Facebook. I will forever love and miss him

Nancy Rodríguez

August 23, 2019

We shared so many memories.butvi am thankful to God for sending Jeff into our lives,the big brother I never had,my kids loved their uncle Jeff....r.i.p forever in our hearts..love you,your lil sis/ your Puerto Rican wife lol what he called me when I cooked for him .(he loved my cooking)

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY