CALLAHAN, JEFFREY REID, 67, passed away Wednesday, September 7, after a heroic battle with cancer. Jeff, a loving husband, father, son, uncle, nephew, neighbor and friend, was born in New York City. As a youngster in an Air Force family, Jeff grew up living in many places throughout the United States and Canada. In 1960, his family made their permanent home in South Florida. He graduated from South Dade High School and went to college in Philadelphia at The University of Pennsylvania, where he played college football. Jeff graduated in 1970 from the Wharton School of Business. He went on to study law and graduated from Florida State University's College of Law. Jeff began his career in labor relations with Westinghouse Corporation and continued his profession in the airline industry working as a lawyer with Southwest, Continental and Eastern Airlines. In 1991, he established his own law practice in Miami and faithfully served his clients and the community for 25 years. Jeff was an avid sports fan and conscientiously followed the Seminole, Hurricane, Marlin and Dolphin teams. He was a caring person, and throughout his life, he was well-known for his many generous acts of kindness and good deeds on behalf of family, friends and people in need. This same compassion transferred to animals. There was never a stray dog or cat he could turn away. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Catherine Callahan; his mother-in-law, Lorna Crook; his brother-law, Marty Mickler. He is survived by Jeanette Crook, his wife of 30 years, and daughter, Catherine Callahan (Jonathan Lundy). He is also survived by his sisters, Lynn Mickler and Deborah Mather (John Middlebrook); father-in-law, Patrick Crook; sisters-in-law, Patricia Lyon (James Black) and Catherine Crook (Richard Hauser); aunts, Muriel Lordan and Joan McCormick; nephews, Andrew and Richard Mather and Jason Lyon; nieces, Jennifer Mickler and Jenny Lyon (Oscar). A memorial service is being planned and will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Miami Humane Society.
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