Jeffrey Randolph Wibberley of Lancaster, died peacefully on November 8th at Hospice & Community Care in Mt. Joy.
Born in Westerly, RI November 30, 1945 and raised on a farm in Stonington, CT, Jeff graduated from Wesleyan University in 1967and came directly to Lancaster to teach French and then English at the Manheim Township Junior High School.
In 1972 Jeff joined the staff of Community Action Program (CAP) of Lancaster County were he worked for 39+ years in a number of capacities; he started as Director of Health Programs, writing proposals for all CAP activities and was a vital part of the founding of Domestic Violence Services (DVS). His last position at CAP was Director of Special Projects in which he developed a distribution program to provide specialized infant formula for all high risk WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program) babies in six states. During his tenure CAP grew from a small 30 person organization to over 300 staff.
In 1992 Jeff was appointed by Lancaster County Commissioners to serve on the Board of Red Rose Transit Authority, serving until his death, and as Chairman for many years.
Even outside of his work-related responsibilities he was supportive of and generous to those in need, often providing books to children and other resources to parents.
Jeff was an avid collector. In 1986 he sold his 20 year collection from his apartment/warehouse on S Andrew Street, a public sale that took place on 14 days over five months. Once relocated he started over, never able pass up a yard sale, flea market, a trip to Renninger’s, or Lancaster Creative Reuse store.
Jeff appreciated art and loved creating it. An early bas-relief woodcarver, he moved to doodle drawings, which grace many a home of friends and family.
An avid traveler in the States and abroad, he visited art museums along the way—whether the Louvre or local museums, like the DeMuth.
He loved blues music, dancing, gardening, NY Times crosswords, and trivial pursuit at Brendee’s.
Jeff had a sharp wit, a keen eye for exactness and a knack for storytelling. He will be greatly missed by his large family and many friends.
Jeff was pre-deceased by his father, M. Randolph Wibberley and his brother, Jared T. Wibberley. He is survived by his mother, Mary T. Wibberley of Colchester, CT, and his two sisters: Ann wife of David Rhinelander of Gloucester, MA, and Molly wife of Judah Greenzaid of Bethesda, MD, his niece Sarah W. Rhinelander wife of Diego Castiglioni of Kauai, HI and their three children, and many cousins.
A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to DVS of Lancaster, PO Box 359, Lancaster, PA 17608 or to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.