Jeffrey Bossart

Obituary of Jeffrey Haig Bossart

***SERVICES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED AT 11:30 ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF IT*** Jeffrey Haig Bossart died on September 2, 2020 at age 67. Jeff was one of the kindest, most thoughtful, caring, smart, hard-working, and above all selfless men most people have ever known. He is survived by his three daughters (Caitie Bossart, Kristie Mass, and Callie Bossart), son-in-law (Darren Mass), and 3 granddaughters (Lucine, Eloise, and Coraline Mass). He is also survived by his brother, David Bossart and family. Jeffrey was born in Jersey City to Florence and Theodore Bossart. He and his brother, David, were raised in Chatham, New Jersey. Jeff went on to receive his Bachelor of Science from the American University in Washington, D.C., graduating cum laude. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and his license to practice law in the State of New Jersey in 1983. On January 15, 1983, he married his wife, Paula Jo Haider, who he met in San Diego while attending law school and working at Allstate Insurance. They were colleagues both working in the Claims department. Jeff and Paula moved to Chester, New Jersey and had their first and second daughters in 1985 and 1986. In 1989, they moved to Mission Viejo, CA and had their third daughter, Callie. In 1993, they moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey where they stayed for the next 20 years. Throughout these years, Jeff, Paula, and their family went on many family trips throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and countless trips to Disneyland and Disney World. Jeff was an amazing provider and caretaker for his family. He always attended his children’s sports games and swimming competitions, and he never missed an opportunity to spend quality time with his girls. Once Jeff and Paula were “empty nesters” they enjoyed many travels together, and loved going on cruises (the Baltic Sea cruise and Alaskan cruise were some of their favorites) and traveling around different parts of Europe. Professionally, Jeff managed many specialty claims organizations throughout his career. This included numerous claim executive roles, his most recent being EVP and Chief Claims Officer for Aspen Insurance Group, which he retired from in December 2015. His subordinates, friends, and colleagues in the professional world would describe him as wise, generous, and passionate, and having an ability to listen without judgment and give them support, even beyond work-related topics. In the bittersweet year of 2014, Jeff lost Paula to colon cancer after 31 years of marriage. Three months later, he became known as “Papa” when his first grandchildren, twins Lucine and Eloise, were born to his daughter Kristie and her husband, Darren. As Papa, he was fun-loving, supportive, and a regular part of Lucine and Eloise’s lives. In his retirement, Jeff spent his time remodeling houses, going on bike rides and hikes, attending church, keeping his brain sharp by enrolling in classes at Princeton University, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jeff had many interests in self-discovery, growth, health, art, astronomy, and theater. He loved to walk around the center of town in Princeton, where he resided, and spent a lot of time along the trails and in the parks. Jeff’s family never hesitated to tell him how much he meant to them and how much he was loved. He was, and always will be, a meaningful and important person in their lives. There are countless memories of him that his family will hold onto forever. Jeff will be missed significantly, yet his family finds comfort knowing he and Paula will now be together eternally.
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Saturday
12
September

Gathering of Family and Friends (50 people are allowed in building at a time. Masks required)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home
101 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
12
September

Funeral Service (50 people are allowed in building at a time. Masks required - SERVICE WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE)

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home
101 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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