OBITUARY

Jeffrey "Jeff" Alan Shambora

August 24, 1956June 25, 2019

Jeffery Alan Shambora of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was born on August 24th 1956, in Cleveland Ohio, to George and Virginia Shambora. Jeff grew up in Miami, Florida where he enjoyed surfing, playing football, and was a big fan of the “Miami Dolphins". Jeff has many lifelong friends from Miami. He joined the Navy in 1981 and was stationed on the USS McKee in Point Loma, California. Here he met his wife and “best friend”, Mary, onboard the ship. They were married on July 8th, 1983 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Jeff and Mary enjoyed many adventures together over their 35 years of marriage. They were fortunate to travel to many foreign countries. Jeff had a love of food, golf, fishing and travel. He also highly valued his family and friends, had a big heart and treated his friends like family and showed it by sharing his passion for cooking. “Shaka”

Jeff is the owner and President of GVS Enterprise and is survived by his wife, Mary (Steil) Shambora, his parents George and Virginia ( Doneyson) Shambora, and two sisters, Laura Shambora Massimei of DeLand, Florida and Christine Shambora Esco of Ormond Beach, Florida. Jeff is survived by many nieces and nephews.

The Date and Place of Jeff's Celebration of Life is still being determined. Please check back.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary (Steil) Shambora, Wife
  • Virginia (Doneyson) Shambora, Mother
  • George Shambora, Father
  • Laura Massimei, Sister
  • Christine Esco, Sister
  • Jeff also leaves behind many nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

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Memories

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Joseph McAneney

July 1, 2019

Jeff and I became friends while in high school at North Miami Beach Sr. High. I have known him to be kind and generous ever since those days. Surfing was the bond that kept us just as it did with so many of his other friends. As we grew older we still kept intouch and would meet at gatherings of our extended tribes.

Condolences to Mary and Jeff's entire family.

Pat Tomasello

July 1, 2019

From the moment of his birth until Jeff left us, he was so loved by his family and friends. Jeff was a beacon of light that shined on us all. He will be greatly missed. I will always remember Jeff in the kitchen with a glass of wine preparing some delicious treat for us all. Jeff will live on in my heart.

Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue Shambora

June 30, 2019

We are saddened with the news of Jeff's passing last Tuesday. Jeff was a wonderful nephew and left us with great memories. We baby sat for Jeff when we were dating and he was carrying around his blanket. He was almost 8 years old when we got married in 1964 .

Over the years we have watched him grow into a wonderful person. He was the oldest grandson, nephew and cousin in our family. He was always fun to be with and he and Mary made a great couple. We enjoyed playing golf, great food and wine , stimulating conversation and laughing with them during many family get togethers. He was a very giving person with all family members . We will miss him and always cherish these memories.
Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob

Grace Sawyer

June 30, 2019

Jeff, you were always in our lives and that was a great thing! Best memory was when Marino brought Jeff over to see my newborn son. He looked at him and asked his name. I said Jeff and Boa’s eyes lit up and he said “you named him after me!!” We just said yes we did! Later, I used to yell Jeff and he and my son would both say yes! This is the reason my son has always be Jeffrey! My son is 47 now, and we will both miss him terribly. Go Boa and surf the clouds !

Roger Torres

June 30, 2019

Where does one begin? We shared, it seems, a thousand memories, and planned so many more. There was that one time, after a bottle of wine (or two), when we agreed to go skydiving. I'd forgotten by next morning, but you remembered that we 'shook on it'. You never forgot anything! A few days later I found myself, reluctantly, sitting on the edge of an airplane door, my legs dangling in the airstream, catching a glimpse of you freefalling. You said you wanted to go first so you could see my landing. When I jumped, I remember this awesome and peaceful feeling of weightlessness, which lasted until the chute opened. Jeff, that entire event, from takeoff to landing, may have only lasted minutes, but its memory will be with me forever, just as yours will be, my friend. You loved to experience life, and encouraged us to join you, and we gladly did. You were a great friend to Karen and me and an awesome 'uncle' to our girls. We are eternally blessed to have had you in our lives.

Ashley Lewis

June 29, 2019

Jeff,

Although the frequency of visits have continually decreased as I’ve gotten older, it is incredibly difficult to grasp not being able to see you anymore. Your light and positive energy shone through no matter where you were, who you were with, or what you were doing. Every single time.

I love you and miss you so much already. I am so thankful that my parents chose you and Mary as my Godparents, but also that we continued to maintain and further grow a relationship from my childhood into adulthood.

My favorite memories of you consist of: your variety of seasonings on ribs, among other delicious foods you cooked; having you as my ride buddy when nobody in my family could brave the intense rides; practicing our best surf moves on the simulation surfboard; surprising my mom with a grand birthday celebration, song included; boat rides and your determination in throwing people off the tube.

Until we meet again, your spirit will live on through Shaka signs and Jimmy Buffet songs.

Pat Natalizio

June 29, 2019

Memory my memory of Jeff will never go away. My family moved to Florida in 1970 and of course I had no friends in Florida. We settled in NMB and wound up living three houses away from the Shambora’s. So low and behold after meeting Marino Simone in homeroom at JFK junior high and meeting Jeff and Jim Romano just before the NMB guys the brotherhood was formed. The brotherhood grew quickly. Over the next 8 years we grew into young men, formed from the experiences we had together and the thoughts we shared about life. And yes the 72 Undeafeated Dolphins we’re the best team ever. Then as life does it took us far apart for a long while. Jeff joined the Navy with George’s infulance and was lucky enough to snag Mary and I stayed in Florida and married Donna Ragone and raised a family. George gave me Jeff,s job as a truck driver for Florida Wire and rigging when Jeff left and that turned out to be my career to this day. So for every day of my life for the past 38 years I have thought about Jeff and George
They both are part of who I am in business and as a person. The stories I could tell about the brothers are to good and too many to list. To many first experiences. But I am so glad that I did get to see Jeff and Mary every once in a while over the years and Jeff just a month ago for dinner. My memory of Jeff is his insahable love of life. He lived it to the fullest all the time. No one can deny that. That was Boa. One of my Grandsons just walked up to me on my porch surprising me as I am writing and asked why I was crying and I told him I lost a brother. He asked Uncle Robert and I replied no Jeff. I told him I have a few other brothers. He replied do not worry Grandpa you will see him again in heaven. I said yes I will as long as I can find the party when I get there, that’s where Boa will be.

Terry Pavlow

June 29, 2019

Jeff, I first met you in high school but got to know you best during our years together afterwards. Going to concerts, up coast , those are precious memories. When Bruce and I lived in California and discovered you were living there I was so happy to reconnect with you. We had so many fun times with you and Mary camping, going to the beach and having many amazing meals at each other's homes. Jaymi and Alex love you both and you were a big part of their lives growing up. Your smile lit up a room. You were the kindest person, never had a bad word to say about anyone. You loved and lived life to the fullest. I regret never seeing you once we moved back to Florida. I always thought there would be more time. Jeff, you will be missed so much. Mary, Bruce and I are here for you. Let's not let too much time pass before we see each other. Jeff, rest in peace.

Mike Lewis

June 29, 2019

From that first intro to Jeff in 1989 onboard NSA Agnano Naples Italy, through the next 30 years, he and Mary have been very special friends/family to Norma, our kids and I every single day.  

New Year celebrations (the Flashing Incident, The Lead Drunk Mike to the Bathroom and Drunk Mike Gets Lost Incident), golfing, cookouts at Casa Shambora, and that very special and fun Med Cruise 2 years ago. 

Fireworks, food, and more food. Talking about The U vs UCLA, Yankees vs Dodgers, garlic or no garlic. Just because you're undefeated AND win the Super Bowl, does not automatically make you the Greatest Team Ever.  

During the Florida trips, while Mary and Norma, well, shopped and shopped, I would tag along with Jeff on his business errands. Our talks always came back to Jeff talking fondly about growing up in Miami, of his fun times with Bruce, Terry, Jefe, Marino and so many others. Jeff, we are grateful for you introducing us to your many friends, your sisters Laura and Christine, and your amazing Mom and Dad. 

Thank you for lighting up our lives with your laughter and love of life itself.  We will miss you so very much, we will always remember you, and we will always tell stories "...so this one time, my buddy Jeff did...."  

We shall meet again. And whatever you're going to cook, you know we will savor it. 

Norma Lewis

June 29, 2019

Jeff and Mary have been my dear Friends for 30 years. I met Mary in Naples Italy, while being stationed there. Of course we became fast friends. We shared many similarities from being from large families, shopping and of course our service to the Navy. As our Friendship grew so did my family. My husband Mike and our 3 children Josh, Ashley and Matt had the great pleasure of being part of Jeff and Mary's life. We spent many years together in San Diego enjoying time together for birthday, holidays and just nights out as couples. Throughout the years our friendship grew even stronger. When Mary retired and Jeff and Mary moved to Florida so Jeff would be able to help his dad and then take over the family business, we still stayed very close. My family was blessed to be able to visit Florida and Jeff and Mary for many years.
Mike and I have really been blessed to grow a great relationship with Jeff and Mary. We have enjoyed traveling with them to foreign countries, enjoying great food, but most of all love and laughter. Jeff and Mike could talk for hours about sports and politics. Not always agreeing on who had the best sports team, but still always respected each others knowledge ❤.
To my dear Mary you had a beautiful life with Jeff. You two were able to travel and enjoy family and friends. Life will be difficult at times. But I will always be only a phone call away. I also will fly to you when you need it. You are stuck with me for a long time my dear Friend. I love you♥️♥️🥰

FROM THE FAMILY