Jeffrey Christopher Cortez, 27, of Stamford, Connecticut, died at Stamford Hospital on March 15, 2022 after a long and brave battle with glioblastoma. Jeff was born at Stamford Hospital on May 18, 1994. He attended Hart Elementary School, St. Gap/Trinity Catholic Middle School, and Trinity Catholic Schools where he was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the Crusader baseball and soccer team. and hockey teams. Jeff loved and lived for his sport since childhood and for many years played for Stamford American Little League, Stamford Youth Hockey, Stamford Babe Ruth Baseball, American Legion Baseball and Stamford Youth Football.
Jeff attended Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, graduated in 2016, with a degree in economics and a minor in sociology. For 4 years Jeff has been on campus, he has been a proud member and branch president of Sigma Pi/Zeta Mu Fraternity. Jeff Spartan was through and through! After graduation, Jeff worked as a data analyst at Ally Financial Corp. in Detroit, Michigan. He loved to live in Michigan until his illness progressed and he was asked to return to his home in Stamford to be surrounded by the support of his family and friends.
Jeff loved to travel and after graduating from Michigan he toured Europe just as he knew he was losing his eyesight, toured the Grand Canyon in Arizona with his brother Nick, visits to Chicago to visit his brother Finn and college friends, Toronto with his buddies, as well as trips with family to the Dominican Republic. We wanted him to see the world and travel bravely as a blind person! He always cherished the excitement of going to Monticello, Arkansas to play in the Stamford Babe Ruth 15 World Championship.
Jeff is survived by his devoted and loving parents, Vincenzo (Vinni) and Geraldine (Jerry) Cuchiarella Cortez of Stamford, brothers Vincent and Nicholas (Michelle Haines-Cortez), who loved and nurtured Jeffrey until his last breath. He was loved by all of his aunts, uncles, and cousins, the “Frameley” of Stamford, along with his two full brothers and everyone who knew him. Jeff died by his paternal grandparents, Pasquale and Frances “Ducky” (Lucito) Cortez of Greenwich, and his maternal grandmother, Jeremiah (Jerry) and Joanne (Senor) Cuchiarella of Eastchester, New York.
Christian burial service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 11:00 AM at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT. A private burial will be held for family members afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital or the Rhodes Glioblastoma Center in New York-Presbyterian.
We’ve had so many doctors, nurses, therapists, and caretakers on “Team Jeff” to thank, from Michigan, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Stamford Hospital and Bennett Cancer Center, visiting nurse and nursing home in Fairfield, and finally, Carl Altidore, his character care assistant. We will be indebted to them all forever. They let us love, sing, dance and pray with Jeffrey until his last days.
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Posted by Bosak Funeral Home – Stamford on Mar 19, 2022.