April 13, 2010

R.I.P. Jeff Foley, 1958-2008.


Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mr. Jeff Foley, who passed away over the holidays.

Resident of Fairfield, CT and beloved husband of Deborah Kornblum Foley, Magazine Publisher and Advertising Director, Jeff Foley died most unexpectedly in his home Tuesday, December 30, 2008, the victim of a heart attack. In addition to Jeff's devoted wife Deborah, he will be remembered by his daughter Garnet Nicole, and sons Alexander and Patrick. Jeff held many positions in publishing including the Principal of Travel Marketing Solutions, Publisher for Travel Holiday, Advertising Director / International Sales Director / European Manager for The New Yorker, and sales management for Texas Monthly Magazine. Jeff loved his business, and the friends he made in Publishing.

Jeff lived an amazing and full life. Stints in London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston, among others, Jeff embodied a maxim he loved: "live well - laugh often - love much." Jeff earned a BS Economics from Oregon State University in 1980. Notably, he won a "Persuasive Oratory" championship in a competition that included all PAC 10 schools and more than 200 universities in total. Jeff was a 1976 graduate of Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was a mainstay on the State Championship swim team of Iowa, and his many close friends there remained a vital and wonderful part of his life throughout.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jeff's life was held at 1pm Saturday Jan 3rd in Fairfield at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, with Reverend Alida Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Foley Family Education Fund, c/o: Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

One reader, Mike McHale, Founder/Chief Media Officer of Montville, NJ-based CLEVERWORKS LLC wrote to us about Jeff, "The publishing community lost a great guy and one of my best friends last week. He was the the godfather of my daughter, Rachel. Here's picture of Jeff and Rachel at her First Holy Communion in April, 2008." Mike can be reached at mike@cleverworks.us for more information.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Foley and McHale families, and those who knew Mr. Foley in the magazine publishing business. He will be remembered for the joy he brought to their lives - The Editors

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