Jeffrey James Essex
May 11, 1960 - Nov. 4, 2012
Jeff died unexpectedly Sunday, November 4, at his home in El Cerrito, CA. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Janine Brobst and Glenn Essex. Both his mother and grandfather were accomplished musicians and he too had a life long love affair with music and sound. After graduating from North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, he earned a bachelors degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1984. An accomplished musician, Jeff played Keyboards for 5 years with Kotoja, an award-winning Afro-beat band in Berkeley. After working at Macromedia, a multimedia software company, he started 'Audiosyncrasy', a successful business that focused on soundtracks and sound design for video, games, cell phones, and software. In 1996 Random House published 'Multimedia Sound and Music Studio', an award winning book commissioned by Apple, Inc. Jeff continued to share his love of music and education by becoming an instructor at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Besides music, he loved the outdoors and spent many a day hiking Point Reyes with friends and family. Jeff had a wide network of friends who loved his warm, outgoing personality, and his love of bad puns. He brought many people together with his warmth, wit, and laughter. Jeff was a giver, always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be missed as the bridge between so many people. He is survived by his much beloved children, Sarah and Sam Essex and their mother Debbie Ostrow. His mother and stepfather Janine and John Brobst, his father and stepmother Glenn and Jill Essex, his loving fianc#233;e Holly Howes, sister Jo Ellen Essex, brothers Paul and Kent Essex, as well as multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Life celebration will be held Friday November 16th , 3 pm at Ashkenaz Community Center in Berkeley, CA (1317 San Pablo Ave.). Please email email@example.com for any additional information.