Howard W. Jeffcock

February 2, 1913 - October 16, 2011

Howard Walter Jeffcock, of Tucson, AZ, died Oct. 16, 2011. He was born on Feb. 2, 1913, in Cohoes, N.Y., a suburb of Albany, to Mary Bakewell, who was born in Stockport, Cheshire, England and George Willis Jeffcock who was born in the U.S. He attended schools in Cohoes and often walked to the mill to take his father a warm meal.
In high school Howard organized a band, playing the bass and piano, while his brother, Neville, played drums. He graduated from Cohoes High School in 1931. He continued to support himself during the Depression playing music. In 1937 he graduated with honors from the University of Alabama College of Engineering with a BSEE and a BSME.
He worked as a design engineer and vice president for Morris Machine Works for 22 years. He had several patents for the design of centrifugal pumps which he often said were used for pumping” everything from Motts applesauce to liquid nuclear waste.”
Mr. Jeffcock was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Sunday school teacher and construction supervisor for the building of the education center. He was member of the Syracuse Rotary Club. “Jeff” went on hunting and fishing trips as often as he could. He was a competitive Thistle racer and Commodore of the Fair Haven Yacht Club. He also enjoyed golf, tennis, was an artist, woodcarver, writer, scuba diver and pool player, who loved designing and calculating trick shots! Howard was also a pilot.
Mr. Jeffcock was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Jeanette Tifft, his daughter Janet and his brother Neville. He is survived by two daughters, Pamela and Wendy, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Westlawn Chapel in Willcox, Arizona. Flowers may be sent to Arnold's Flowers in Benson, Arizona at 520/720-6230 or Arnoldsflowers@gmail.com.
Services and burial will be in Arizona and Baldwinsville at a future date. Those interested in attending, please leave contact information with the Westlawn Chapel in Willcox, AZ.


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