Jeffrey Howard Comeau

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Jeff Comeau, 57, of Chesapeake, Va., tragically died as the result of a small plane crash on May 22, 2018. Jeff had been a private pilot for forty years. He trained as an air traffic controller in the Navy, and served on the U.S.S. Coral Sea in that capacity for two years before being discharged. He then became an air traffic controller for the FAA, where he worked for over 30 years. At the time of his death, he supervised the approaches to all of the airports on the eastern seaboard. This position took him to Long Island, New York, where he worked, then flew home in his Cessna airplane to see his family as often as he could. It was on his return from one of these trips that his plane went down after take-off.

Besides flying, Jeff’s passion was animals. He and his wife Kathy shared their home with numerous horses, dogs, and cats, many of whom had come into their lives as strays. He rescued many pets over the years, and gave them a loving home for the rest of their lives. There always seemed to be room for one more.

Jeff is survived by his parents, Geraldine and Howard Comeau, his wife of 30 years Kathy, their three sons, Adam, Joseph and Christopher, and his grandson Keegan, all of Chesapeake, Va., as well as his sister Sue (Randy) Laskaska of Escanaba, his brother Tom (Laura) Comeau of Flemington, NJ., his sister Jen (Kurt) Wilkes of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be held in Virginia. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, condolences be offered in the form of a donation to the Delta Animal Shelter in Jeff’s name, to help continue the animal rescue efforts he so enjoyed being part of.