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posted Friday, September 12 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 37
Jeffrey Alan Babb
1966 - 2014
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Jeffrey Alan Babb
1966 - 2014

Capitol Hill resident Jeff Babb passed away suddenly at home on August 8, 2014 from cardiac failure at the age of 48. Jeff was born on June 7, 1966 in Sacramento, CA.

Jeff and his family lived in Pullman, Washington, where he spent his childhood, then graduating from Pullman High School in 1984. Jeff's early career was a desk job for an insurance company. The insurance industry allowed Jeff to earn a good income and buy his Capitol Hill home. After putting in several years with the medical field, Jeff was able to get his dream job working at Rare Coin Gallery.

As a respected coin and paper currency collector and dealer, Jeff was passionate about collecting original fine art, kitsch, Victorian antiques, porcelain teacups and saucers, vintage wristwatches, odd Chinese ceramics, and beautiful Depression glass. Jeff was an avid reader. He maintained a library of hundreds of world-history books. He placed foreign paper money into the many pages and volumes as bookmarks, leaving a future treasure for his heirs - hidden in books he loved to read.

Much of his collection consisted of humorous eclectic items he cherished for only their camp factor. Above his toilet hung a framed photograph of Queen Victoria. Jeff was very generous to his many friends, giving gifts of World War II currency, Judy Garland or Ethel Merman records, aperitif crystal glasses, or trashy Las Vegas ashtrays. Jeff's friends were very important to him and sharing stories of how he found his treasures was something he always enjoyed sharing. The unique 'finds,' as Jeff would say, would have a way of connecting personally to his friends.

Most days, one could find Jeff seated at The Cuff Complex, reading a history book stuffed with antique paper money and enjoying the camaraderie of friends. His favorite table at The Cuff he referred to as 'The Office' where he would show off his daily thrift store treasures with the spirit as if he had hit the jackpot. A signed Tiffany's with a dent was as good as any museum piece for Jeff.

Reminding one of Truman Capote, Jeff possessed the wit of Oscar Wilde and the social graces of Jerry Springer - he could argue the virtues and vices of society, with the professional banter of a curmudgeon on a rant. Ebenezer Scrooge and Oscar the Grouch would have enjoyed Jeff's humor.

His beloved cat, King Friday, was the former resident cat of Coffee Messiah. Friday moved from the coffee shop to live with Jeff in cat retirement. Jeff described his beloved cat as, 'an older grey striped gentleman with a bad hip.' Friday's water dish was a fine French Limoges porcelain.

Jeff is survived by his loving parents, Elaine and Alan Babb of West Vancouver, BC, his sister Susan Boher (and Howard) of Redmond, WA, nephews Cameron and Nicholas, and an extended family of aunts, an uncle, cousins and many, many friends in the community.

Vancouver, British Columbia was a second home to Jeff, who with great fondness called it 'the old country' when he returned to visit 'mum and dad.' Jeff had a deep loving care for all the people in his life; his loved ones will miss him. Many stories of Jeff's life will keep his memory living on.

A memorial event is planned at The Cuff Complex, on the back patio, Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 3 to 5 p.m., with a potluck following.

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