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Jefferson J. Jowdy
September 21, 1961 ~ October 15, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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Jefferson James Jowdy, 62, of Jersey City NJ, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of Sunday morning October 15, 2023, while visiting family in Connecticut.
Born in 1961 and raised in Danbury CT, Jefferson attended Wooster High School and is a graduate of Hofstra University, and went on to graduate studies for theater and film production at Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. In those college years, he was thought of as an eternal student, having attended several other colleges and universities following NYU, including Columbia University for a short time as well.
Residing in and around New York City for over 40 years, Jefferson's humorous personality coupled with his acute professionalism provided plenty of opportunity to meet a wide spectrum of life-long friends and co-workers from many diverse fields including, Marketing, Production Management, Event Coordination, and most recently Conference Services, and as Multimedia Lead with Capitol One.
Jefferson's interests in directing and producing began at a very young age making home movies with an 8mm movie camera. Beginning with immediate family as cast members for his first production "Blue Hands", his props consisted only of a pair of dish washing gloves, a Frankenstein mask, and his grandmother's shawl. Next, he advanced his skills by casting as many of the kids in the neighborhood for an action feature (reminiscent of his screen idol at the time, James Bond) involving a plot which included bike chases, sled chases, and a wooded enclave as the villain's lair. While attending Sarah Lawrence, he directed and produced many other short films, including one entitled 'The WXCI Money-Mobile" where a college student spots the xci money mobile and gives chase while attempting to jockey his car in front of the money mobile to win a cash prize for displaying their bumper sticker.
Throughout subsequent years, Jefferson also spent much of his time engaging in his passion as Director and Producer for many small theatrical plays in New York City as well. His role as Production Manager for the 2007 independent movie "Farm Girl In New York" won him a spot on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Jefferson also shared a great love for providing production support for New York Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare in The Park", and New York Fashion Week for several years.
Jefferson is survived by his father Richard S. Jowdy, sister Kimberly, and brother Jarrod, plus numerous Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his beloved mother Arlene in 2011.
In lieu of flowers, Jefferson would have appreciated donations be made to Creative and Performing Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Film Academy, or any avenue that promotes acting, theater, and movie arts.
Services will be private in accordance with the family wishes.