Jeff Coombs

Jeff is best remembered as being a funny guy with a contagious smile and a goofy laugh. At 6’4”, he was easy to find in a crowd.

His greatest accomplishment and the one thing in his life that made him the most proud was being the father of his and Christie’s three children – Matthew, Meaghan and Julia. He loved spending time with them just hanging out at home playing made-up games, rollerblading through the neighborhood, watching them play sports in Abington, hiking Blue Hills, visiting Castle Island, or spending summer weekends in Pocasset on the Cape. He also enjoyed his annual river raft trip through on the Colorado River at the base of the Grand Canyon, and his annual hikes with his brothers in the New Hampshire mountains.

A native of Dedham, Massachusetts, where he grew up with his parents, three brothers and sister, Jeff attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business. From there he began his career in finance and computers, working for Boston Financial Data Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, Fidelity Investments, and finally Compaq Computers. He realized the value of education, and continued studying at Suffolk University and Northeastern University while working full time. He earned an MBA at Suffolk and a Certificate in MIS and another BS from Northeastern. He told the kids, as long as someone was willing to pay for him to go to school, he would continue to learn.

Jeff believed in helping his neighbor, even when they didn’t ask for it. He once stopped on a snowy morning to shovel for an elderly woman who was struggling with her driveway. Telling Matthew to help, he used it as a teaching moment for the kids – give a helping hand whenever you can and expect nothing in return. He was a boy scout in his youth, and a Shriner, an interest he shared with his father and brothers. He had hoped to become a Shriner Clown one day. He would have been 43 on September 18, 2001.

His sense of humor and kindness are what motivate us to do the good work for the Jeff Coombs Memorial Foundation.

20th Annual Road Race

The 20th Annual and final Jeff Coombs Memorial 5k will be held on September 19, 2021.

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About Us

We are a non-profit, 501C-3 organization founded in memory of Jeff Coombs, an Abington father of three who died on September 11, 2001 in the WTC Terrorist Attacks.

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Jeff Coombs Memorial Fund

PO Box 463
Abington, MA 02351
Phone: 781.982.1608