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Jeffrey Stringer
  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Jeff's name to either the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy at or South Hills Interfaith Movement at

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I just learned of Jeff's passing from the CWRU Alumni magazine. I was so sorry to hear the news. My sincere condolences to his family. I went to CWRU with Jeff in 1982. I always enjoyed my time with him in college. Although I am not a musician, I enjoyed his guitar playing and he shared that love for music with me. My favorite musician passed away last year and Jeff remembered that about me from over 30 years earlier

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Posted by: Dave Siegel - Friend   Feb 15, 2021

I just learned today of Jeff's passing from the CWRU Alumni magazine. I was shocked and deeply saddened. Please accept my sincerest condolences, and those of my wife, Wendy.

Jeff and I started CWRU together in the fall of 1982. We lived in the same dorm, he in Suite 150 and me in Suite 430; we even played together in a dorm band one year. He knew my wife, who also lived in our dorm, and attended our wedding in June

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Posted by: Bob Steagall - Gaithersburg, MD - Friend   Feb 11, 2021

I was shaken to hear of Jeff's passing. Jeff sat next to me at work before I left in January 2020. I remember working at his desk and trading music stories since all of us had music backgrounds - not uncommon among technical people. I always envied Jeff's lunch and running discipline - two things that continue to inspire me today. I miss Jeff and wish the best to his family.

Posted by: David Watson - Mt. Lebanon, PA - coworker   Dec 22, 2020

Dear Karen and Sylvie,

it is unimaginable to think of Jeff gone. I know that his relationship with Sylvie was very special by the way he took interest in her progress during each lesson. I will miss greatly talking to him: Jeff was an intelligent, warm, witty, and absolutely genuine person. It was a privilege to know him.

I hold you both in my heart.

Posted by: Inessa Beylin - Teacher   Sep 04, 2020

Dear Jeff,

It was so sad to hear the news of your death. Our sincere condolences from my wife Tomoko and myself, and deepest sympathy to your wife Karen and your daughter Sylvie.

Looking back, way back, we first met in Westinghouse R&D Center in Churchill. Do you remember the Navy project on Sonar Signal Processing? You were helping me in electronics and software. It must have been in early 1980s. Later I started new company “Optomation” that

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Posted by: Poohsan Tamura - Murrysville, PA - coworker   Sep 03, 2020

My heart goes out to you in your sadness. I remember Jeff's kindness and devotion to Sylvie's musical career. I'm grateful to him for allowing Sylvie to join my students in chamber music concerts.

Posted by: Carolyn Edwards - Pittsburgh, PA - Teacher   Sep 02, 2020

I'm so saddened to that Jeff has left us. I hadn't spoken to him in quite some time, but I have so many great memories of playing music and spending time with him. I'm blessed to have been involved with Active Ingredient, where he ran a seamless and professional ship while always challenging us and pushing us to grow. My deepest condolences to Jeff's family. I know he will be missed by many.

Posted by: Steven Heineman - Macungie, PA - friend   Sep 01, 2020

I was deeply saddened by the news of Jeff's passing. He was a kind and gentle soul. Always smiling. He loved to exchange music finds with me via email. And whenever I saw him with Sylvie, it was obvious that she was the apple of Jeff's eye. I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to Karen and Sylvie and Jeff's family. The world has lost a wonderful man. RIP Jeff.

Posted by: Paul Steigerwald - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   Aug 21, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jeff's passing - taken from us too soon. As a young musician from Greensburg, PA, the musical inspiration and influence of Jeff (together with Erin, Jay, Ben and Daryl as Water Shed 5tet) upon me was incalculable. Jeff and company demonstrated world-class discipline, musicianship, and innovation on a local level that was easily at or above the quality of avant-music scenes that we were fans of in NYC or the West Coast.

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Posted by: Adam MacGregor - Mumbai, India - acquaintance   Aug 21, 2020

I met Jeff in the fall of 1988. He was playing in the basement of the student union of Duquesne University with his band Active Ingredient. The band played songs titled "I Like School Supplies" and "Sobbing in Her Saab," just to name a few. I loved the quirky songs and the sound of the band, and was cracking up at lanky front man playing guitar. After the show, despite being a painfully shy freshman, I introduced myself to who

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Posted by: Steve Burkholder - Lombard, IL - friend   Aug 21, 2020