Jeffrey Semon

Born February 2, 1943

Jeffrey A. Semon, 74 and long time resident of Monroe CT passed away unexpectedly September 2, 2017 at NYU Langone Medical Center in N.Y. from complications of valve replacement surgery. Born on February 2, 1943 in Astoria, N.Y., Jeff graduated from Defiance College with a BA in History. He then received two Masters in History from Hillsdale College and University of Bridgeport. Jeffrey began his 35yr teaching career in Wauseon, OH subsequently moving to Monroe, CT where he joined the faculty at Masuk H.S. in 1968. He was highly respected by fellow teachers, parents, and students for his ability to make history relevant, and to challenge them to be independent thinkers. His interests included hockey at all levels. He started the Masuk H.S. Hockey Program which the team won the State championship in 1982-83. In addition, he was an avid N.Y. Islanders fan, environmentalist, cat-lover, photographer, and prodigious reader. He is survived by his brother Arthur Semon and his wife Jane P. Semon of Richmond, VA, nephew and his wife Grant and Sarah Reynolds and great niece Matty Reynolds all of Los Angeles, CA and numerous cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jeffrey's memory to the Masuk H.S. Hockey Program,1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468. Please make checks to "Masuk High School" and put Jeff Semon Hockey Fund in the memo line. Family and friends may call on Friday from 4-8pm at the Spadaccino & Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Tpke. Monroe CT. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Share a memory of Jeff at


  • Visitation Friday, September 8, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 9, 2017

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David York

September 11, 2017

Jeff contributed to the Masuk Faculty in a very thoughtful and sensitive way. In his quiet manner, he was always concerned for the well being of our school and of individual students as well. He was easily approachable and would talk on all levels of issues that were current. His love of hockey was outstanding since he was always rooting for his team and developed the Masuk hockey program which runs today. I am happy to have worked with Jeff and we will miss him. May he rest in God's Peace

Nick DeCesare

September 9, 2017

Mr. Semon was a great guy, and a fantastic teacher. I graduated in 1995 and loved having him as a history teacher. My friends and I respected him and his love of hockey. I'll never forget the night we stopped by his house to say hello as you could do back in the day. Mr. Semon was watching his Islanders and throwing some light weights around. I think he may have been wearing his "Snoopy USA" hockey sweater. Mr. Semon always respected us as students and kids and we returned the same respect. He was just a great guy to be around and I was upset to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace to a great teacher, coach and even better guy.

Stephen Bunovsky

September 8, 2017

Great teacher, great coach...its nice to see so many of his former hockey players express gratitude for Jeff's dedication to the team. There would be no Masuk hockey without this man. Above and beyond coach.

Vinny Zelazny

September 8, 2017

Jeff was a good person; a good teacher & guide and a super hockey fan and coach. I know nobody who loved hockey like Jeff. He had a pair of season tickets to the NHL and would take different people to games. As a student and player on the Masuk team he took me first to a couple of NY Ranger games and later to NY Islander games. Jeff was a friend of our family and came to supper a few times. I had the pleasure of meeting his Mom and Dad in Queens one time on a hockey night in NY, and his brother Artie, also a hockey fan and one time Ranger ticket holder. I'm sorry I lost touch with Jeff and I extend my condolences to the Semon family and his big circle of friends, colleagues, and former students.

Lou Duh

September 8, 2017

Coach Semon will be remembered as a teacher, friend and coach. He was a terrific coach and lover of the game of hockey. I will forever remember his "on the line (suicides)" when we messed up. I still tell stories of the '78-'81 teams.
RIP Coach!!! #14

Julian Zelazny

September 8, 2017

I'm deeply saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. As a student he taught me history and how to play hockey. As an adult he showed me how to drink Heineken with shots of Canadian Club. He also showed us his capacity for compassion with his animal rights advocacy and the many stray animals he looked after. I'm sure I'm a better person for knowing him.

Bruce Scott

September 7, 2017

Jeff was a wonderful coach, friend and teacher during my years in high school. He fought to keep the hockey program alive when the school wanted to shut it down...more than once! He was a dedicated coach and teacher.
My condolences go out to his family.

Doug Mahard

September 7, 2017

Jeff was responsible for getting the Masuk hockey team off the ground along with a few students. Always positive.

September 7, 2017

A wonderful teacher. Instilled a love of history in me that has continued for my entire life. - Jason Bluestein

Ruthann Pace - Rodgerson

September 7, 2017

I graduated Masuk in 1974 and Mr. Semon was one of the most devoted and influential teachers of that era. History and Hockey - a coin toss as to which one he enjoyed more.
I still reside in Monroe and will miss seeing him at the grocery stores and post office.
Rest In Peace Mr. Semon - you were a class act.