Jeffrey Tonnesen died suddenly on July 26 at his home in Manhattan, N.Y., where he lived and worked, enjoying a successful career in the music business. He was 35.
Like a comet, he streaked through our lives with quick energy and intense light. All of us who knew and loved him marveled at his great joy, basked in his amazing warmth and leaned towards his bright spirit. Always brilliant and bold, there were no half measures. With his big laugh and an even bigger heart he was impossible to resist. We miss him now. We will miss him always.
He is survived by his parents, Mark and Breeze Tonnesen, his sister and brother-in-law Quinn and Stephen Savard and grandmother Betty Hodges, all of Vineyard Haven; his brother, Erik Tonnesen, and mother, Cathy Traynor, of New York; his sister and brother-in-law Dwi and Jeremy Upole of Hockessin Del.; his aunt, Keren Tonnesen of Oak Bluffs; his uncle David Tonnesen and aunt PJ Su of Boston; and his uncle Tim Tonnesen of Calif. He especially loved his young nieces and nephews, Jaden and Ashton Upole and Eamon, Nola and Gideon Savard who thought of him as a super hero uncle, always ready to spoil and delight them.
His funeral was held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on August 1, 2014 and there will be a memorial service held at his parents’ home in Vineyard Haven in September.