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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:20 am    Post subject: Jeff Connors Reply with quote

The Memphis Film Festival Facebook group is reporting that Jeff passed away yesterday.  Anyone else heard this?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no..this is terrible news.  I feel so bad for all of the Connors family.

Do we know that this is confirmed as true?  If so may he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's also on the Western Clipping web site and says an "autopsy is pending."

Sad, sad news. Heard he was a really nice guy and great to his and his dad's fans. RIP Jeff.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Western Clippings site is the group that runs the Memphis Film Festival.  They are quite reliable, but I haven't found any other sources at this time.

It's very sad news.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the Facebook page post too.  I haven't talked to Jeff in three years. I talked to a woman who said she had talked to him a couple weeks ago and he sounded good then.  I haven't heard yet the cause of death.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been confirmed by another source. Rest in Peace, Jeff.  Very sad for his children.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no!  That's terrible.  Does anybody know the cause of death yet?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another site announcing the news of Jeff Connors' passing.

http://www.ourchuckconnors.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, no, this is so sad.  

I found the following video tilted, In Memory of Jeff Connors, 1952-2014 Part 1. Unfortunately, I couldn't find part 2, and etc.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7sar4Gxt1M

Rest in peace, Jeff.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff's passing was due to complications from a routine outpatient surgical procedure. They are not sure exactly what happened at this time, but said it was peaceful.

This info is from Jeff's longtime friend, Julie Anne Ream. She also posted that the family is discussing some type of memorial service.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this information, TVFan.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, my gosh. I can't believe it. This is so sad.  
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is from the Memphis Film Festival/Western Clippings Facebook page :

Linda Crowley‎Memphis Film Festival/Western Clippings

Many of you have asked where you can send your condolences to Jeff Connors' family. Here is the address to mail cards to:

Shirlie Hopgood
24540 Acorn Ct.
Newhall, CA 91321

There is still no information regarding a Memorial service.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found parts 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the tribute to Jeff Connors Part 1 that Judy posted...

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37uNx6RlObY
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQyvAhERNOg
Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwjGZjmuZko
Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEGeWF-AzQ
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Ruskin!!!

I now know why I couldn’t find Parts 2 through 5...

Nic Fewer published Part 1 on Feb 20, 2014, which I posted on Feb 21, 2014. Nic didn't publish Parts 2 through 5 until Feb 22, 2014.

Mystery solved!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a beautiful tribute to Jeff at TheRifleman.net along with a great pic of him and Chuck which I had never seen before.  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhody, thanks for the info. That is a really great picture of Jeff with Arthur Gardner.

I can't get to the tribute. I seem to have had this problem with their web site before. Can you provide a link ?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff Connors
Jeff Connors, son of Chuck and Elizabeth Connors, passed away on February 19, 2014 at his Southern California home.  His family at Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions are deeply saddened by his passing.   Our friendship with Jeff dates back to the earliest days of production of THE RIFLEMAN, when he accompanied his dad to the set.  The crew and producers remember him as an energetic and outgoing boy, so at age 7, he was given a role in the first of three episodes, debuting in "Tension" (episode 45) in Season 2.  In the third season, he appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86), followed by "First Wages" (episode 112) in Season 4.

Jeff had fond recollections of being a child actor on the series and being excited when CBS production crews came out to the family home to film a documentary about his father Chuck.  Jeff was proud to bear the family name Connors and to be the son of the television star who had created the iconic character of Lucas McCain.  He wrote, "It was cool being The Rifleman’s real son."

Like his make-believe television counterpart, Johnny Crawford, who portrayed Chuck Connor's on-screen son Mark, Jeff grew up to pursue an interest in music. He was a self-taught musician, but counted Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and David Allan Coe as his musical mentors. A singer/songwriting guitarist with his own band, he opened for some of the biggest headliners in Pop and Country & Western music, including The Everly Brothers, Johnny Paycheck, Shenandoah and Mark Collie.

Throughout his life, Jeff felt a keen responsibility toward his father's fans and to the fans of The Rifleman series.  He was always warm and friendly toward fans who wanted to tell him about his dad and what his character and the show had meant to them.  After Chuck passed away in 1992, Jeff continued to do all he could to honor his real-life father's memory and the legacy of his most famous character, Lucas McCain, and so he did interviews, made personal appearances and stayed in close contact with his television family at Four Star Productions (later, Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions), which created and produced the original series.

Jeff is survived by his older brother Michael, younger brother Steven and three children, sons Thomas Jeffrey and Cole Michael, and daughter Nicole Marie.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and legions of fans for the untimely passing of a loving son, brother, father and friend.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rhody ! Didn't mean to cause so much work for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Western gal, above is the tribute.  I copied and pasted.  I don't know how to send the link..so sorry.. Also, the picture didn't come along with the text.  Maybe someone else can help us out.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem at all, WG.  I had to do it from the iPhone.  Couldn't get it to work from iPad.  Hopefully someone can get that pic for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess I need to figure out why I can't get this to work. Did you just click over the picture of Jeff and Arthur or over the place where Jeff's name is shown ?

I can get around the rest of the site just fine. It's just the scrolling pages where I had the problem before, and apparently still do. None of my clicks bring up anything !
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried clicking on the pic, on his name, and a few places randomly within that side scrolling area.  They all worked!  I'm sure someone will come to the rescue soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did it !
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be hopeless. Remember I'm "PC cursed" !
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhody wrote:
I did it !


Great job Rhody !
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just glad I could get it for you!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, my gosh. Completely shocked by this. Proving that you just never know when you're time's going to be up.  

Western Gal, it's not just your computer. It wouldn't work for me either.

Thank you Rhody for copying and pasting from LGL's site.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jccc, Rhody inspired me to do a bit of trial and error work on this and I found that if I use Google, rather than Internet Explorer, it works beautifully.

It is such a shock about Jeff. Was hoping to have the chance to meet him at one of the festivals this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To get a link copy and paste the URL address at the top, usually it's just a few right clicks. First right click should highlight it, the second choose "copy" then the third to paste where you want it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh thank you Western Gal! Such a nice tribute to Jeff. Great picture! Now I can print this out.

Gosh--I can't believe I am typing this!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it worked out, WG.

Thanks for the tip, Ruskin.

JCCC, this whole thing is just so heartbreaking, number one because Jeff was so young and number two because it was supposed to be from complications from a ROUTINE surgical procedure. I too wished to meet him, he was supposed to be at a comic book show in a couple of weeks in CA.  I would have gone except I am on the east coast.  He loved his Dad so and tried to keep his memory alive for all the fans....I wonder if anyone else will carry on.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the pic of Jeff with Arthur Gardner:



Link: http://therifleman.net/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome, it's a shocker alright. Sure makes you think about your own mortality. My husband Dan is only a year younger than Jeff was.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is another beautiful and interesting tribute to Jeff :

http://midatlanticnostalgiaconven...eff-connors-son-of-chuck-connors/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved it, WG!

New and interesting info about the rifles.  Thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are welcome Rhody !

It is interesting about the "real" TR rifles, who has them and how many there actually were.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Western Gal for the Mid Atlantic article!!

Here is a very nice picture of Jeff from the Tulsa Arms show. Judging from the URL, I think it was taken in October 2006.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are welcome, jccc ! Think there was a typo in there about the last year Jeff attended. Know Jeff was at the Sept, 2013 convention, but don't think the 2014 convention will be held until September of this year.

I had seen a much smaller version of this photo somewhere and couldn't enlarge it at all. This is a much better version and makes a nice print. Thank you !
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Western Gal, I thought that was weird all throughout the article. Jeff couldn't have attended the 2014 convention--it hasn't happened yet.

You're very welcome! Glad I could return the favor!
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I saw the Facebook page post too.  I haven't talked to Jeff in three years. I talked to a woman who said she had talked to him a couple weeks ago and he sounded good then.  I haven't heard yet the cause of death.


The day before he died, Jeff texted me to tell me about an appearance he had scheduled for this summer. I was so sad to hear of his sudden death. I hope he rests in peace.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saw this post from March 15 on the Memphis Film Festival/Western Clippings FB page :

Linda Crowley

IMPORTANT - Many folks have asked about a service for Jeff Connors. Boyd has received the following information and asked me to post it:

Jeff Connors Memorial: It will be held on Sat. March 22,
from 2pm-5pm at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park.
Address: 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA.

The Public is invited.

I am sure it will be a very special memorial.


Rest In Peace Jeff.



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