Born on July 12, 1963 in White Plains, New York
Departed on July 13, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida
It is with joy of a wonderful life well-lived, and sadness at its earthly ending, that we announce the passing of Jeffery M. Whiting, known in the medieval world as Sir Geoffrey Maynard of York. Jeff passed from natural causes on July 13, 2021, at the age of 58. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and son. He deeply loved his friends and held a special place in his heart for his dog, Jack.
Jeff was born on July 12, 1963, to Peter and Catherine Whiting. He lived in many places growing up, but always called CederS Camp in Lebanon, Missouri his home. Jeff was passionate about his Christian Science beliefs. He attended services at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Melbourne, Florida.
Jeff lived most of his life in Melbourne, FL, after attending Florida Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1989 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Jeff met his wife, Jennifer, at FIT in 1984. They became best friends and married in 1996; Jeff and Jennifer just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. In 2002, they were blessed with an amazing, loving, and beautiful daughter, Whitney Willow.
Jeff was part of the wonderfully supportive family at EnSoul Music Designs (formerly Mid-East Manufacturing), making that his career home for almost 30 years. At EnSoul, which makes cultural musical instruments, he focused on making the production and warehouse processes run smoothly through all his extraordinary talents in metalwork, troubleshooting, and logistics. He was trusted and loved by his co-workers.
Sir Geoffrey loved his medieval life and friends. Jeff joined the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in the early ’80s. He helped many people get started and become passionate about medieval arts and sciences, including his medieval sword fighting and armor production specialties. Jeff was well known for his tent-making, creating everything from small one-person medieval tents to 50-foot tents, built for multitudes to enjoy. For almost 40 years, Jeff served others in the multiple medieval societies he joined, teaching them all he knew. In the SCA, Jeff earned the peerages of Knighthood for his combat skills and Laurel for his work in the arts and sciences. He was incredibly honored by receiving his Augmentation of Arms in 2016, which is a very high achievement given to those who give of themselves to the medieval dream for many years.
Jeff will lovingly be remembered by the following survivors: His wife, Jennifer Lynne; his daughter, Whitney Willow; his mother and stepfather, Catherine and Robin Vincent; his father and stepmother, Peter and Sue Whiting; his sister, Jennifer S. Whiting; his brother, Gregory W. Whiting; his stepbrother Ross Whiting; his loving dog, Jack; his two beloved turtles, Turtle 1 and Turtle 2; and his somewhat-aloof-but-loving cat, Hagrid.
Rest in Peace, our dear Jeffery. As you always reminded us, God is Love, and now you fully know that eternal love. You will forever be in our hearts, as your beautiful soul infinitely continues to shine on.
There will be a Celebration of Life and sharing of stories and love on Saturday July 24th from 2pm – 5pm at Brownlie – Maxwell Funeral Home.
In my tenure at Boxes Etc., Inc., I had the pleasure of getting to speak with Jeff multiple times, on a daily basis, for almost the past three years. He was always pleasant to speak with and I know he will definitely be missed.
Sending my deepest condolences to Jeff's family.
Rest in Peace, Jeff! I'll see you on the other side!
They asked me a funny story about Jeff... I apologize if my English is not very good and I may make some mistakes.
Well... almost ten years ago, at the first Melbourne Renaissance Fair, I was very shy to wear tights in public.
At the time, I was single and Jeff told me that girls love man in tights.
Years before, Jeff got his butt pinched by some girls when he was in medieval costume wearing tights. Wow!
The first Renaissance Festival was goin on for 3 days, I played my bagpipe and flute all the time with a Renaissance outfit (made in Italy) with long tights and finally was close to the end.
I was packing up my instruments, bending over my trunk, when I felt a solid pinching in my rear end !
When I turned there was an apparently young little girl, ( but she really was 30 years old ), sent from Jeff to pinch me as promised!
Well...after all, was a nice surprise to know how some American girl are so bold and fearless! I would like some day to exchange the favor to that girl!
Thank you Jeff for this and for everything you taught me about repairing musical instruments!
Jeff had many different tasks over the years at work including he has helped get bugs/lizards/spiders – as I can’t stand anything that moves!! I get the heebie-jeebies!!!
One day he was getting a bug. He has it in his hand and he says ok – now what do you want me to do with it? I said IDK – just get it out of here and he pretends to eat it!!! OMG – talk about getting the heebie jeebies!! I was so grossed out. As he laughed and walked away!! The hair on my arm is sticking up just thinking about it!!
It’s still just so sad and shocking that he’s gone so young and so soon. Jeff is greatly missed at work.
With a sad heart I say good night to one of my oldest and dearest friends. You leave us with great honor and respect. Everything you did you put your whole heart into it. Thank you for teaching me, my husband, and my son all that you could. Thank you for your selfless duty to your family, friends, the Shire of Starhaven, the Kingdom of Trimaris, and the whole of the SCA. You will be greatly missed. We are here for your family, and always will be. You will always be in our hearts, Jeff.
Jeff was a patient teacher in everything from SCA fighting to creating so many things. He taught me how to say “good” when fighting (it was a painful lesson), he taught me how to cast pewter, and he taught me how to be confident in the face of uncertainty. Thank you so much Jeff for all of the lessons and laughs we had over the years. Jenny and Willow, you have my deepest sympathies and my love. I’ll miss you, Jeff. ❤️
Jeff was patient and kind. He gave his time to help build others up. He would give up his own training to help me find my form, my strength, and my confidence. He was generous, too, sharing his talents and resources with those whom he loved and trusted. He was cool. Good memories fighting and training with weapons amid mosquitoes and fireflies in the night. He’s a staple of this town, and I was happy to call him “friend.” Bye, Jeff. Thanks for everything!
Sir Geoffrey, I will always be grateful for your advice and words of wisdom. The Known World mourns.
I never really knew Jeff but I know his wonderful wife Jennifer! He seemed to be a very special person adding so much energy to so many project, organizations, and friends. I know many will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and Whitney at this challenging time. But I love the fact they are going to celebrate Jeff and all the amazing things he did.
Sweet, wonderful, kind cousin of mine…I have always looked up to you as my oldest cousin…your individuality, sincerity, gentleness and love for all those around you has been a lifelong inspiration. I wish I could be there to celebrate your life but knowing that I will be at one of your most favorite places on earth makes me so happy! My Schuy and I will be at Cedars Camps on your life celebration days and I couldn’t be more proud or happy to know that you will be there in spirit and soul with us to celebrate your beautiful life.
I love you and I am grateful to have had you in my life for the time that I did…I love to think about you up there with Gram and Gramp and all the Uncles…they’ve been waiting for you and man oh man what a party it must be!
I love you for now and forever…Amen…
God is Love!❤️
One of our oldest friends in the Society, your willingness to lend a hand when in need, your generosity of spirit and kindness will all be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace. I will miss seeing you out and about around town at estate sales with Jennifer and Whitney
My darling, Sir Geoffrey: For Evermore you’ll be in my heart. SM