Jeffrey Anderson - Passed away on January 29, 2022

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Jeffrey Anderson
  • Passed away on January 29, 2022

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Jeff was born Jeffrey Lynn Anderson, June 16, 1945, son of Helen and George Anderson, Louisville, KY. He was blessed by his wife, Wendy S. Anderson of 6 years, and is also survived by two brothers, William R. Anderson, and George E. Anderson. He was blessed with his first wife of 36 years, Carol L. Anderson (deceased) and her children, Roger Antone (deceased), William R. Antone, Michelle A. Wiedeman, and Lisa A. Godsey.

He resided in Louisville, KY, Grand Island, NB, Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Destin, FL, and The Villages, FL. He was elected for years to serve on the Arlington County Civic Association.

Jeff was a highly technical and accomplished electrical engineer, graduating in 1969, BEE from University of Louisville, J.B. Speed Scientific School. He has been a licensed ham radio operator since just after elementary school and an avid electronics hobbyist, winning first places in science fairs. After engineering school and a failed engagement, he went to Washington, DC, devoting his life working for the Federal Communications Commission. While there he assisted in writing some of the ham radio exam questions.

After some Federal law enforcement agent school, he was reassigned to investigate illegal use of radio. He became agent in charge of Special Enforcement, central USA, and then the Commission’s southeastern region. He suffered some life-long injuries while on assignment. He and his staff also designed and constructed small fleets of multimillion dollar undercover radio directing finding and surveillance vehicles. Those fleets with no outward sign of anything unusual were closer to James Bond sorts of sedans than anything else actually realistic – even more elaborate in many ways (but no ejection seats). In later years he returned to FCC headquarters in Washington, DC to assist technically directing some of the Commission’s nation-wide enforcement programs.

In his early years at Washington, DC he became an avid autocross competitor and regional champion in a self-maintained and prepared modified Lotus, and later too, in the Atlantic region. He later became quite a Mazda Miata sportscar enthusiast. He upgraded thousands of Miata radios for fellow Miata enthusiast nationwide. Before becoming ill, he also designed and produced for decades specialized antennas for Miata communications on club drives.

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  1. Eric says:
    20 Dec 2023
    This is late but heartfelt. I only recently learned of Jeff's passing. He was such a pillar in the online Miata community, particularly within the forums. I suspect many of his family and friends may not be aware just how valuable and helpful he has been for Miata owners over many years, offering reliable advice on hundreds of posts (so many that it's beyond the forum system's ability to count). He posted 20 times in January 2022, and his last post was just days before he passed--a true enthusiast to the end! His contributions will continue to help thousands of others, as they remain for information reference as long as that website operates. He is one of the permanent stars within the Miata universe, and is truly missed.

  2. Bill Geddes says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Jeff helped with my Miata head unit several years ago. He was patient, helpful, and generous with information and support.
    RIP Jeff, and Peace to all who will miss you~

  3. Keith Green, Audio & Electronics moderator on says:
    05 Feb 2022
    Jeff was the resident authority on Miata radios and electronic equipment on the forum for decades. His help was invaluable when I wanted to add CB radio capability to my '92 Miata back in the 2000s. The detailed posts and wiring schematics he provided to the audio and electronics forum at will provide helpful information for years to come. He will be dearly missed.

  4. Bill Antone says:
    04 Feb 2022

    You will be missed by everyone. We may have not always seen eye-to-eye on things, but you took great care of my Mom and she loved you dearly, and you helped raise my 2 incredible sisters. I will always be grateful and you will be missed tremendously. I appreciate all you did. Rest in peace.

    your step-son,

  5. Cheyanne Wiedeman says:
    04 Feb 2022
    Grandpa Jeff,
    I hope you and Nana are driving your Miatas around up in Heaven. You were such a smart man, always working on something. Ill cherish the time you fixed my glasses for me and all our emails. My thoughts and prayers are with Wendy. Until we see each other again, I love you and I miss you.

  6. Bill Anderson says:
    04 Feb 2022
    I knew Jeffrey as a very private and independent person. He liked his toys. He enjoyed staying home, rewiring Malta’s radio audio options, rather than socializing. Staying home was a huge change from his teen years when he went to parties every chance he had.

    I am so sorry for your loss, Wendy.
    Love Billy Anderson (Jeffrey’s youngest brother)

  7. Merrily says:
    04 Feb 2022
    Jeff Anderson was married to Carol, a second cousin of mine. I didn’t get to know him until she passed away dealing with family inheritance issues. He was extremely helpful to me in a very complex and complicated situation brought on by years of family neglect. He was a straight shooter and force to be reckoned with, honest and forthright to a fault. He caught to the end. He will be missed. Peace to
    Wendy and all that knew him.

  8. Michelle Wiedeman says:
    04 Feb 2022
    I know we had our ups and downs, but you were there in the only way you knew how and you loved my mom and made her happy. I will miss you!! Hopefully you are in peace now!!!

  9. Ouida Dunton says:
    03 Feb 2022
    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  10. Yvonne Bain says:
    01 Feb 2022
    Sending my deepest love and sympathy to Jeff's family! He was my loving nephew (my sister Helen's middle son). I remember so well the day he was born and was fortunate to know him during his growing-up years. I was blessed to spend time at their home and also go on vacations with them to the beach in Florida.

    Stanley and I enjoyed our visit with Jeff and Carol in Destin. The last I had contact with Jeff was when Carol passed away and I have thought of him many times!

    My heartfelt sympathy to Wendy, George, Bill and their families and also to Carol's family!

    Love from Aunt Yvonne

  11. Yvonne Bain says:
    01 Feb 2022
    Saddened to hear of the passing of Jeff. I remember so well when he was born and his growing-up years. Stanley and I enjoyed so much our visit with Jeff and Carol at Destin. He was such a kind-speaking man. I was fortunate to get to spend time with him when he was growing up, going to the beach with his mom (my sister, Helen), dad and brothers. Even though I have not heard from him since Carol's passing, he has still been in my heart and on my mind.

    My deepest sympathy to Wendy and also Carol's family and to Jeff's brothers (my nephews) and families!

    Sending love and prayers,
    Aunt Yvonne and family

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