Jason Howard Sheftell

He walked fast, talked fast, did everything fast. Jason Sheftell was a human whirlwind, racing through each day at 100 mph, savoring every minute of his existence.

People like that usually have time for no one. Yet, Jason had time for everyone. And that is why, after news spread of his passing on Monday, the outpouring of emotion on social media was so profound, the grief so deep.

Jason, a popular, well-respected journalist and loving brother and son, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

He was 46.

Raised in Stamford, Jason was a 1985 graduate of Stamford H.S. and 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied European History.

After living in Paris, he returned to the U.S. and received a master’s in American and United States Studies form the University of Alabama in 1997.

His ascent in journalism began with a writing position at Cigar Aficionado magazine and accelerated after he joined the New York Daily News in 2007.

Jason was the News’ real-estate reporter and editor, known for his boundless enthusiasm and personal touch.

“To describe Jason as a consummate professional would be an understatement not only to his talents as a journalist but also as a person,” Colin Myler, editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News, said in an E-mail to the staff.

“He was probably the most popular guy in the newsroom – everybody loved him because he was always there when you needed him.”

Friends, co-workers and members of the real-estate community flooded Twitter and Facebook with memories of Jason in the hours after his passing. Many of those tributes mentioned his warmth and intelligence along with his love for journalism and for New York City.

Only his closest friends and relatives, however, knew the true depth of Jason’s compassion, how loyal he was as a brother, how devoted he was as a son.

Jason’s parents were Karen Sheftell, a real-estate broker in Stamford, and the late Fred Sheftell, a renowned psychiatrist, headache specialist and musician. His sister, Lauren, who also grew up in Stamford, now lives in Los Angeles.

In April 2011, Fred died after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Jason became a rock for his mother, calling her daily and seeing her often despite usually working seven days a week.

Karen offered perhaps the best description of her son, calling him, “a beacon of light.”

Jason is also survived by his grandmother Wilma, his uncle Steven, aunt Vincenza, along with their children Justin and Melanie; his uncles and their wives, Edward and Linda Rosenthal, David and Jane Rosenthal, and their children, Ken, Julie, Daniel and Rebecca. He also was like an uncle to his cousins’ children, Sam, Hannah and Sarah Rosenthal; Jon and Simon Rosenthal; Ike and Cyrus Rosenthal; and Darby, Emily and Max Sale.

Services will be held at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT on Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m.



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Rex Briggs

June 29, 2013

Jason and I worked together at Yankelovich Partners. When I went to Wired, I got him an internship, and he lived with my wife and I during his stint in San Francisco. I was just reaching out to him to invite him to the 20 year aniv of Wired, and a quick search for his contact info turned up his untimely departure. There is a deep hole in my heart and regret that I didn't reach out earlier.

jason, you will be missed.

brett david

June 26, 2013

Jason; I wrote this for you on the train ride home from your memorial service. I loved you like the big brother I always wanted. I saw all of the good in you, and like everyone else, cannot thing of anything but praise for such a good man and honest friend. With these words, I say my goodbye.

I say this now, to you my friends, to those to which you love
Remind them each and every day of what they mean to you,
For in a glimpse the world can change and lightning from above
Can take their soul so they might not see this day as anew;
My friend it is with eyes of tears I write this final note
I'd give it all to have you back and steal that final breath,
The good you gave your fellow men, the words of truth you wrote
Will last beyond your years on earth; a legacy in death;
New York will never be the same, it lost its greatest voice
A man of love and honesty, you opened minds to see,
But sir it's your integrity that men around will hoist
As beacons and a testament of what we'll aim to be;
This day will come for me in fact, and too my friends will cry
As any man who made his mark the way those like us do,
But God I beg you here today, as angel wings do fly
I pray that when my number's called, I'm half the man as you.

Gary Koester

June 26, 2013

Dear Karen and Lauren,
I am so sorry---you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Larisa Fleysher

June 26, 2013

Dear Karen,
I am so very sorry for your loss... I never met Jason, but from knowing Fred, Jason must have been as awesome as Fred was... my deepest condolences.

June 25, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you Karen and Lauren for this tremendous loss. Our kids grew up in the same wonderful neighborhood. The Notorio Family

June 23, 2013


We returned from vacation today and just heard of Jason's passing. Please know that our thought and prayers are with you and Lauren during this sad and difficult time.


Barbara and Norman Ostroff

Jody Breakell

June 22, 2013

Dear Karen,

I am so saddened to have heard about your loss. One Mom and Fred's LPI "family" called yesterday. Please know that Rob, Dad and I hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jody Breakell

Jodie & James Koretz

June 22, 2013

Dear Karen: We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Jason. I can never remember a time in any of our conversing where you didn't speak about Jason with such great love and pride. We are so sorry. Our condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne McDermott

June 21, 2013

I lived on the same block in the West Village as Jason for six years and after meeting him once became completely infatuated. When we ran into each other we'd speak about writing and our careers; he was always genuinely interested and supportive. I remember how thrilled he was to get his Daily News column, and it seems the Daily News was thrilled to have him too. He was a charming gentleman whom I feel fortunate to have known. I wish the dear Sheftell family peace and love as they go through this very tender time.

June 20, 2013

Dear Karen-
I am so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. My heart is broken for you and Lauren. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love-
Natalie Duggan