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Jeffrey Alan Fickas
  • June 20, 1960
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  • September 10, 2014

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  Jeffrey Alan Fickas, 54, passed away on September 10, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Born in Paramus, NJ, he relocated to Florida in 1988 in search of medical assistance for his physically weak heart. He was nursed back to health by his future wife, Sandy, who he claims healed his heart. Over 23 years later, she was honored to be at his bedside once again when God called him home. Jeff’s faith in Christ was the foundation on which he built his life and family. Each week, he looked forward to Saint Andrew’s men’s Bible study where he devoted himself to studying the Scriptures. At home, he guided his family in trusting the Lord and seeking His will.  Blessed with six beautiful children, Jeff was a dedicated father who poured himself out in providing for them and in pursuing a family wide passion for softball.  Jeff’s positive impact on young lives went beyond his own children though through his 13 plus years of excellence as a softball and baseball coach.  Coach Jeff’s 2007 softball team became National Champions at the Softball World Series in North Carolina.  Jeff also used his computer savvy to create a softball website, Pitch2Fast, which continues to serve as Florida’s central resource for softball information. Jeff had a 31 year career at AT&T, where he was responsible for the development of applications for sophisticated business requirements. His technical and analytical skills were well respected amongst his peers and he will be sorely missed as an integral part of his team. In recent years, Jeff became intrigued with the use of Ham radio and set up his own radio where he enjoying chatting with other enthusiasts from around the globe. He shared his joy with this hobby educating others at weekend events. Jeff is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandy, and his children Stephanie, Daniel, Julia, Kimberly, Scott and Amy. His surviving brothers and sister are Melville III (Melanie), Donald (Susan), Kenneth (Nancy), and Virginia Leon (Gary), along with 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Melville Jr. and Virginia (Murphy) . Funeral services for Jeff Fickas will be held at St Andrew’s Chapel located at 5525 Wayside Drive in Sanford, Florida. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 12th from 5 - 8 pm in the fellowship hall. The service will be at 10 am on Saturday, September 13th in the sanctuary.  

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  1. 25 Nov 2019
    Frank Adamo says:
    I grew up with Jeff, and I just learned today (11/24/2019) that he passed away over five years ago. Jeff and I grew up together in New Jersey, and both of us ended up in Florida around the same time - we may have encouraged each other into moving there. Sadly, I lost touch with him in Florida. I eventually moved out of Florida, but I never forgot him. In fact, I've been actively looking for him for many years, but he seemed to be nowhere. Now, I know why, and I am very sad. We did so many things together as we grew up - it's hard to imagine that he's gone. He left us way too soon. Jeff inspired me into a career in technology, and he helped me get a job at AT&T as a computer programmer. He also helped me decide where to buy my first home. In New Jersey, we played in a few bands together. My mother used to say that she liked his drumming because he had a "good beat." Jeff was a very good drummer, although he was very modest about his talent. He loved jazz, but he was happy to play rock and pop songs in the bands. The last time I spoke with him he said that he played Christian music in a band at his church. He was very dedicated to the Lord. He was a really good friend, and he will be missed very much. My deepest sympathy goes out to Jeff's family. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. 15 Sep 2014
    Renee' Walters says:
    Our heart goues out to Sandy, Stephanie, Daiel, Julia, Kimberly, Scott & Amy. We are so very sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. Jeff was a truely amazing man, he will be missed by many.

  3. 15 Sep 2014
    Kathy Paolucci says:
    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. Many years ago our girls all played softball together. Stephanie played on the same team as Jordan and Jeff coached the younger girls which was the team Jamie and Jessica played on. The hundreds of volunteer hours Jeff gave to not only coach, but also give lessons was incredibly generous! We are grateful to have known him and been able to share the love of softball with your family. Our hearts go out to you at this time of sorrow! I hope all the wonderful memories are a source of comfort for you. Sincerely, The Paolucci family

  4. 14 Sep 2014
    Pat Carosone says:
    My heart and prayers with you guys.

  5. 14 Sep 2014
    Barb Braun says:
    Sandy and family, my God surround you with his love and guidance during this time. Our love and prayers

  6. 14 Sep 2014
    Ron West says:
    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. Like many families, Jeff touched our lives through softball. Our daughter learned many softball and life lessons from Jeff that she is still utilizing to this day and we are so grateful for his impact. Our prayers go out to Sandy and the children. May God bless you and bring peace.

  7. 14 Sep 2014
    Kendal Natale says:
    Sandy, Stephanie, Daniel, Julia, Kimberly, Scott and Amy, we were so saddened to hear the news and are so sorry about your loss and are praying for God's peace and comfort for you during this very difficult time.

  8. 14 Sep 2014
    Pat Muldowney says:
    I was so sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. Jeff was a wonderful man, and I will always be indebted to him for starting Shannon on her softball journey. May The Lord bless Sandy and all the children.

  9. 14 Sep 2014
    Lori Richards says:
    We're so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. We got to know Jeff, Sandy, and the kids through softball. We appreciate the positive influence he had on our daughter, Shawna. He will be missed. Love to Sandy and the kids.

  10. 14 Sep 2014
    Kim Fenichel says:
    My heart goes out to Sandy, Stephanie, Daniel, Julia, Kimberly, Scott and Amy. Jeff was an amazing man, husband and father. I was very blessed to have known him and honored to call him a true friend.

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