Vandusen, Jeffrey William

July 11th, 2019

It is with profound sadness that the family of Jeffrey Vandusen announces his passing on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the age of 32. Survived by his loving father, Peter Vandusen and his maternal grandfather, Roy Connors; and his aunts and uncles, Joan Thompson (Ben Lasko), Laura Connors, and Ted Connors (Lisa Morrison). Predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Bea and Bill Vandusen; his maternal grandmother, Bernice Connors; and his aunt, Carol Connors. Jeffrey’s mother, Linda Vandusen (Connors) passed away at LHSC – Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Communications from the University of Windsor in 2009. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. He was an employee of the Calgary Public Library at the Central Library in downtown Calgary. Since 2013, Jeffrey utilized his encyclopedic knowledge of prewar music, such as Blues, Jazz, and Folk, to host a weekly program called Phonograph Frolic at Radio Station CJSW at the University of Calgary. Jeffrey quietly impacted the lives of many people. This was particularly evidenced by the moving stories that were told at a memorial gathering that was held in his honour in Calgary on July 18, 2019. Jeffrey was known for his obsession with cribbage and the New York Times Crossword. His travel cribbage board was a constant companion. In keeping with Jeffrey’s beliefs, his giving and caring nature, the decision was made to donate his organs. Private inurnment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will be held at GREENHILLS GOLF CLUB, 4838 Colonel Talbot Road, London on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jeffrey are asked to consider CJSW Radio Funding Drive. 

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Cristina HorningMy deepest condolences on the loss of such an amazing person. I had the honour of working with Jeff at the library. He will be greatly missed.
Christine HayesI had the joy of working with Jeff. He was a unique l young man and I am going to miss him very much. My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. Please accept my deepest condolences and know you raised a beautiful and caring person.
Terry ZavitzJeffrey was a special person who impacted the world in a positive way. He will be missed.
Nicky ValbonesiMy deepest sympathies go out to Jeff's family. We worked together indirectly at the library (different branches) but hung out in the same circle of friends for some time. He was awkward but sweet, kind and talented. I only wish he realized his own potential. You must be very proud of him and I'm certain his spirit lives on peacefully somewhere, smiling down upon his surviving relatives.
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