Hey, this is Jag’s cousin, Tony. Actually had signed up to post something here about this but missed the approval email.
Thanks everybody for all your kind words. I know one of the things Jeff’s mom worried about is if her son would be missed. I suppose any decent parent would be worried in a similar fashion amongst the other worries and pains you face when losing a child but for Jeff, this was especially the case because life wasn’t all that easy for him and he definitely had seen more than his share of the cruelty the world has to share and I know she appreciates the outpouring of support in the month since he’s passed.
I remember when I was a kid, he’d introduced me to wrestling around when I was like six or seven years old, just as the Monday night wars was getting started. For awhile there, wrestling became a big part of who I was. Not just as a fan, but as somebody who was inspired to join the wrestling team, which itself helped me get through some difficult times growing up. Wrestling was more than just something we watched every week, it was an outlet. Whether it be creating an absurd amount of wrestlers in the absurd amount of games we played over the years, or doing the same in EWR and TEW, or our time in eFeds or just that one time Stevie Ray almost ran over my dad at Sturgis when WCW was doing Road Wild. I find it hard to really express in words how much all of that time with Jeff engaged with shared passion of ours means to me other than that they helped me get through some of the most difficult times of my life growing up. Well, more like how much he’d helped me through some of the more difficult times I growing up. He was always there in ways nobody else truly was. He put up with me even when I could be a pain in the ass. He was somebody I looked up to. A cousin on the family tree but a brother in the truest sense of the word.
I’d also like to say that I know this community along with others meant a lot to him. Especially since things got really bad for him with his health, I know his interactions with you all provided him with a fuel to keep going because in forums like this, he had found somewhere where he was accepted. He didn’t have to worry so much about all the negative things in life because he had something positive for him right here and for that, I’d like to thank you all.