Jack Stafford Obituary

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In Memory of

Jack Leonard Stafford

November 10, 1944 - July 5, 2014
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It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Leonard Stafford announces his passing. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and pharmacist left us on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at home after a courageous and prolonged battle with cancer. Born in Great Falls, Montana on November 10, 1944, he grew up in the city of Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from the University of Washington. Even though he moved to Ventura, California shortly after his graduation, he had made countless life-long friends and traveled to visit with them frequently throughout the years. Jack was a resident of Ventura for 48 years. He loved it...
It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Leonard Stafford announces his passing. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and pharmacist left us on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at home after a courageous and prolonged battle with cancer.
Born in Great Falls, Montana on November 10, 1944, he grew up in the city of Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from the University of Washington. Even though he moved to Ventura, California shortly after his graduation, he had made countless life-long friends and traveled to visit with them frequently throughout the years.

Jack was a resident of Ventura for 48 years. He loved it here and became an integral part of the community. Jack proudly purchased and ran Cabrillo Pharmacy, helping literally thousands of people over his career. He loved his profession, his employees and customers alike. There were often times if a customer were in need, he would pay for the medications out of his own pocket, just because this is the type of man he was. Jack was fortunate enough to retire in 2007 and was able to enjoy the benefits of his hard work for his remaining years, not knowing they would be short.

During his life and retirement, he enjoyed more hobbies and interests than most people. He loved to cycle and entered many events. Jack was a talented photographer, being able to capture images of beauty no one else saw. He enjoyed kayaking and scuba, all things ocean related. Jack loved to travel to Hawaii with his beloved wife and took annual trips with friends and family. He was a pianist, a wine connoisseur and an ace card player. Above all of these was his love of fishing. Jack took countless fishing trips to Alaska and the Gulf, always blessing his friends and family with bounties of wild-caught salmon, halibut and rockfish upon his return. He not only enjoyed these hobbies, but was most happy when he could share his passions with others. Jack was able to instill his love of fishing to his friends, grandson and son-in-law, traveling with them to Alaska on his fishing adventures. He taught many how to master cribbage and poker.

His love of life was infectious; so much so his nickname was "Mr. Fun" because he always knew how to enjoy everything. He was witty and smart, an expert Jeopardy player, always ready with a smile and a compliment. Most of all, he was generous to a fault; always giving to all and never asking. In the end, he died as he lived, smiling but worrying about how we all would react to his illness. Jack was a man of grace, sensitivity and charm. To know him was to have a friend.

He is lovingly cherished by his family: Carol, his wife of 29 years; his children and their spouses, Lisa Cozart and her husband, Mark, of Denver, CO, Sherri Chapman and her husband, Dana, of Seattle, WA, and Greg Stafford and his wife, Rachel; stepson, Christopher Marsh and his wife, Claudia, of Moorpark; sister, Pamela Stafford, of Seattle, WA; sister, Marla Shepard, of Seattle, WA; his prized grandchildren, Thomas Cozart, Samuel Cozart, Lila Chapman, Samantha Marsh, Sean Marsh and Monte Stafford; former wife mother of his children, Judy Orrock, of Ventura; nieces and nephew, Ciaira, Shanna, Aaron, and was an honorary uncle to many.

A private ceremony was held with Jack's family in attendance. In honor of Jack's generous nature, in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

The family is in deep gratitude to everyone at Assisted Home Hospice and to all that have given their support and love during this difficult time.

"A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again." - Maya Angelou

"That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.

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