Jeffery Mintz (posthumously)
CLASS OF 1975 Jeffery was born and raised in West Babylon. He graduated in 1975, one of three brothers who attended and graduated from the West Babylon Senior High. During his high school years, he was involved in a number of activities, including: Student Government (S.A.); and Human Relations which at that time of racial strife was used as a means to successfully unify the student body, as well as other meaningful school and community activities.
One highlight of his high school career was organizing various successful activities to raise funds for One to One, a charity organized by another WB Alumni, Geraldo Rivera, to assist residents of Willowbrook. Willowbrook was a facility for developmentally disabled children and young adults that were being warehoused in less than desirable environments and transitioning them to group homes.
Jeffery was married to his wife of 39 years, Cheryl Benson Mintz, also a graduate of West Babylon. Together they had two children, a daughter Jenifer, and a son Daniel. He held three degrees: An A.A.S. from Suffolk County Community; a B.S. from Long Island University; and a M.S.E. from University of Florida. He also held a Diploma in Funeral Service from American Academy McAllister Institute. Jeffery had two separate and distinct careers. Originally an insurance agent and agency owner, and then a Funeral Director and Funeral Director/Owner.
He spent close to 40 years serving the needs of the public. His civic involvement included serving as an Elected Trustee on the West Babylon Board of Education, as well as membership in Rotary International both in Babylon and later in Citrus County, Florida. Even while residing in Florida, he formed an Alumni Group for West Babylon on social media and it currently boasts over 5,000 active members covering every graduating class.
Jeffery lost his ten year battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis on September 10, 2017.