Jeff was the son of Alfred Philcrantz and Elsa Robblee. He was born in Boston, raised in New England and a longtime resident of Plum Island in the home he created for his family. Jeff graduated from Newburyport High School, class of 1964 and then went on to Northern Essex and then UMASS Amherst where he studied Physics and Astronomy. He then enlisted in the Air Force where he spent four years as an intelligence analyst in Japan and Washington DC.
Jeff had a variety of interests. At the age of 15 he taught himself how to play the drums and continued to play music his entire life. He started a band while in the Air Force and toured Northern Japan. He played many different types of music and with several different groups. Some highlights being the time he played with Paul MacNiel’s folk rock band Crows Feet in the seventies and in bands with Bill Plant, Ed Passerella and friends.
Jeff was also a cartoonist. Starting in the eighties on a whim he started submitting some of his cartoons to various publishing sources including “The Paper” in Newburyport. He eventually got a contract from the magazine “Funny Times” and became a steady contributor to the magazine. It was a perfect outlet for his offbeat humor and was great to have his cartoons published alongside some of the best and well known cartoonists.
Jeff was also an avid softball player. For years he played on various local teams and in time found himself running the league. At the age of 50 he joined the Senior Softball League, playing for the nationally ranked, traveling team the Bostonian’s. While on this team they travelled the United States and competed in the National Senior Olympics, taking home the bronze medal until injury ended his career.
Jeff utilized his artistic skills to build a successful career in the field of finished carpentry and woodworking. His craftsmanship can be found all over New England.
Jeff was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughters Hana, Rachel and Julia; his son Eric; five beautiful grandchildren and by his brother Alan and sisters Donna and Betsy.
Calling hours will be held at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA, on Saturday, September 11th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson.org or ASPCA.org.