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Memorial created 07-20-2007 by
Crystal Salapatas
Jeffrey Eltinge
April 10 1951 - July 17 2007

"There is a light that never goes out"

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Jeff Eltinge. Visit often; his memory will be preserved in perpetuity. Before you leave, please enter a farewell message and your thoughts in Jeff's guest book. You know how he would laugh and enjoy reading your special message. Time to say good bye, too soon is a challenge. Our dear friend is gone without notice. We were very lucky to have known him. By all accounts, Jeff was one of the kindest and gentlest men you might ever meet. He was always there to listen to a problem and console a friend. His "joie de vivre" was always present – like a child. Where on earth was Jeff calling from? Where had his motor home traveled to on a whim? Jeff’s smile and voice brought us happiness and joy and so will his memory forever in our hearts. He has passed on to a better place and if we are fortunate, we will see him again one day. With Jeff's opulent personality, one could enjoy small things more than being surrounded by monetary riches. He was always generous, full of life, engaging and a deeply genuine person – someone you could only love and appreciate having as a friend and a colleague. His bright mind and great heart are a shining example of what humanity is about. He was such a colorful man. He was always able to make the sun brighter and cause a rainy day to seem less gray. His stories and adventures will be missed… He had a gift for words and a gift for being both optimistic and cynical, as well as darkly funny. Sadly, it takes this kind of reminder to grab hold of life and make our dreams a reality. We are all here for each other as a circle of friends and family and this web-site is to share our memories and support each other in our sorrow of losing a husband, son, friend, brother, cousin, nephew.

Jeffrey was born in Hollywood, California on April 10, 1951; he died July 17, 2007 at the age of fifty six years old. Jeff leaves his memory with his wife, Michelle; mother, June; sisters, brother and friends.

Experience Jeff's presence by clicking the upper left index to view more photos and thoughts. If you would like to share photos of Jeffrey that you may have for the Photo Album, please submit to the webmaster at csalapatas@aol.com.


"Death is not turning out the light but turning it down to welcome the dawn"

by Norman Vincent Peale In many ways, this seems the most tragic form of death. Certainly it can entail more shock and grief for those who are left behind than another. We don't know how many valiant battles such a person may have fought and won before he loses that one particular battle. And is it fair that all the good acts and impulses of such a person should be forgotten or blotted out by his final tragic act? I think our reaction should be one of love and pity, not of condemnation. Perhaps the person was not thinking clearly in his final moments; perhaps he was so driven by emotional whirlwinds that he was incapable of thinking at all. This is terribly sad... but surely it is understandable. All of us have moments when we lost control of ourselves, flashes of temper, or irritation, of selfishness that we later regret. Each one of us, probably, has a final breaking point- or would have if our faith did not sustain us. Life puts more pressure on some of us than it does on others. When I see in the paper, as I do all too often, that dark despair has rolled over some lonely soul, so much so that for him life seemed unendurable, my reaction is not one of condemnation. It is, rather "There but for the grace of God..." And my heart goes out to those who are left behind, because I know that they suffer terribly. The immediate family of the victim is left wide open to tidal waves of guilt, "What did I fail to do that I should have done? What did I fail to do that I should have done? What did I do that was wrong?" To such grieving persons I can only say, "Lift up your heads and your hearts, surely you did your best. And surely the loved one who is gone did his best, for as long as he could. Remember, now that his battles and torments are over, do not judge him, and do not presume to fathom the mind of God where one is his children is concerned.”


Some angels just have fragile wings...

My angel,my friend, Why did you go? I miss you so much, My heart aches so. Your life was too brief, Yet your memory lives on. At times I still see you, I can't believe you are gone. I will remember your smile, I will cherish your love, I will see you in the heavens, Each time I look above. One day my hurt will heal, But time won't take away, The friend I had in you, You're in my heart to stay. Jeff, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you were while here! We celebrate the gift of life -- especially of Jeffrey -- at peace, beyond evil, suffering, and death itself.


Another Angel...

While working on this website, my little angel, BOO BOO, was taken from me on July 23 very unexpectedly. As I weep for her, I can only think, perhaps she was called to look after Jeff and comfort him. She will truly be missed...

Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love. Amen.


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