Jeff Nardone Leaves Us Too Soon
Mary Ann and I have never used this website to express personal feelings or opinions about happenings in Grosse Pointe. It has always been about portraits, photography and capturing special family memories.
The "capturing special family memories" part of our mission statement is the reason for this note, as a special friend and mentor of mine, Jeff Nardone, passed away this past Sunday at the way-too-young age of 48 after a tough battle with cancer.
Jeff taught at Grosse Pointe South and was the advisor in charge of South's award winning Tower Newspaper for the past twenty years. He touched the lives of so many of us in the community during his years at South. Most amazing to me is the number of students whose lives he truly changed. Jeff was always there to advise, counsel and most important, challenge his students about anything; mediocrity just wasn't acceptable. Instead, Jeff set the bar high and helped his students reach it, time and time again.
On a personal note, I first met Jeff over a decade ago through our advertising in The Tower. We grew to be friends, and, especially during my years on the School Board, I always looked to Jeff for the straight scoop on what was happening at South. Our emails, phone calls and get togethers at National Coney Island always left me thinking, "How does this guy know so much?"
The bottom line is that when God made Jeff, he broke the mould. So many of us have lost a special friend who will never be replaced. We all have special memories of Jeff that will remain with us for the rest of our lives. All we can do now is cherish our memories of Jeff, and console his wife, DeEtte, and help her and their children out in any way we can.
The staff of The Tower has put together a wonderful Jeff Nardone Special Tribute Issue, in which past students shared their experiences with Jeff. Take the time to read the entire issue--there are some pretty touching stories throughout the tribute. I expected no less when I read it, as Jeff was truly an amazing human being. In case for some reason the link above doesn't work for you (I had problems getting it to open with Internet Explorer), click here for a link to a PDF copy of the entire issue I made.
God bless you, Jeff. I know you have already taken charge of "The Heaven Press", are marking it up and and are making your magic happen again!
Your pal and student--Ahmed