OBITUARY

Jeffrey R. Nafis

April 1, 1959June 22, 2014
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Jeffrey Richard Nafis, 55, passed away suddenly at his home on June 22nd. Jeffrey was born on April 1, 1959 in Huntington, New York to the late Charlotte and Donald Nafis. Jeffrey spent most of his life in Sparta, New Jersey and developed a love for the wooded, suburban town. He left Sparta to serve in the United States Marine Corps before returning to his hometown where he served as a member of the Sparta Township Police Department. He quickly climbed the ranks within the police department and held many positions including that of First Lieutenant. During his career at the police department, Jeffrey touched the lives of many people and earned a reputation of being a tough, but fair cop and someone who worked to improve his community. After 26 years of service, Jeffrey retired and shifted his efforts into expanding upon his longtime locksmithing skills and opening his own business- Nafis Lock, Safe, and Security. Jeffrey was a certified master locksmith, member of the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths, and a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America. Jeff enjoyed his locksmithing and spent most of his time refurbishing safes, assisting people with their locksmithing needs, and attending and teaching locksmith seminars. Jeffrey was a natural teacher and enjoyed sharing all aspects of his knowledge to help those around him grow. He was a long time member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newton. Jeffrey is survived by his wife Moe; children: Shawn, Jamie, her husband Rob, Kayla, Alan, and Lauren; his older brother Andy, his wife Elizabeth; his twin George, his wife Joan, their two children Hope and Donnie; his cousin Tara; and his uncle George Martin. Jeffrey is remembered as a strong individual who spent his life serving his community. He was always the first to arise to a challenge and the last to leave. He dedicated his life to elevating those around him and being a helping hand in every way he could. He will be truly missed. Friends may call Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 2-4, 7-9pm at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. A funeral service will be held at 10am Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton, NJ 07860. www.goblefuneral.com

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  • VISITATION: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • VISITATION: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Eileen Hodges

July 14, 2014

Dear Lauren and Family
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I did not know your father but his dedication to community is very much a part of his legacy that you are aspiring to.

Sylvia Bernard

July 2, 2014

Lauren,
I would like to extend to you and your family my deepest sympathy for your loss; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Florence

June 30, 2014

Dear Lauren and Family, So very sorry to learn about the tragic loss of your beloved father. I wish you the comfort of your memories.

With Love from Florence at ADV

Kim & Bob Bloemer

June 30, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to the Nafis family

Karen Smith

June 28, 2014

Hi folks, I just heard of your loss. While Jeff & I haven't talked in years, seeing his smile brought back all sorts of wonderful memories. Please know you are in my thoughts & prayers.

Ed Fransen

June 27, 2014

Nafis Family please accept my heart felt prayers and love for all of you. I am shocked as I am sure many are at this passing. Jeff was just and outstanding human being and we shared many great times throughout life . From EMT days to law enforcement. I will join the ranks of thousands who have been touched and honored to have been a friend. May all of the stories and accolades for Jeff ease the loss. Again much love to you all.

Dee Drake

June 26, 2014

You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything you need please call me 973-729-3215.

TONY FREDA

June 26, 2014

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE NAFIS FAMILY FOR THE LOSS OF A WONDERFUL PERSON. I KNEW HIM WELL. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY. HE WILL BE MISSED.

Kevin Grady

June 26, 2014

My condolences to Maureen & Family, George & Family Andy & Beth & to everyone's life that this man touched. He was a great Friend , Husband, Police Officer, Neighbor & we all were benefactors by having him in our lives. RIP Jeff your memory will be with us always!

Derreck & Kendra Nop

June 26, 2014

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, may God comfort you in the days ahead.