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Albert Ray Neff


Albert Ray Neff

September 9, 1947 – February 7, 2019

Albert R. Neff, age 71, of Columbus, Ohio passed away on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 1:30 am.  He is preceded in death by parents Donald and Lenora Neff. He is survived by many friends, many of whom enriched his life for many years. He was an alumnus of The Ohio State University where he earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. degrees, all in the College of Education.

Al’s professional career was dedicated to education and public service in several different roles: He was: a teacher at both the secondary and university levels: an employment and training administrator for a community action agency; an administrator in the office of two-year campuses at the Ohio Board of Regents; an education administrator and community programs administrator at the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Most recently he served as director of the Center of Excellence at The Ohio State University

A lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, Al had a curious mind and a love of learning. He was a lover of music, photography, and most of all, golf. He was a devoted fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and attended most of their home games.

He is and will be dearly missed. In lieu of a formal service, a private Celebration of Life dinner will be announced and held this summer so that his snow bird friends may attend.

In lieu of flowers:

Memorial gifts in Al’s name may be sent to: the Albert R. Neff Fund at the Columbus Foundation.


Kobacker House Hospice

Physical checks may be sent to:

Ohio Health Hospice indicating “In Memory of Albert R. Neff”

Kobacker House

800 McConnell Dr

Columbus, OH 43214

…or online at

Al wished to thank all who made it possible for him to “fight the fight” and maintain a rewarding quality of life on his journey.

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  • Jonathan Partsch says:

    To Al’s many friends, I offer my deepest sympathy. I am grieving with you.

    I have known Al since the day I was born, almost exactly 40 years ago. When I was sorting through photos in preparation for my father’s memorial service last year, I came across the photos of Al at my baptism ceremony in 1979. Al was my dad’s best friend, and a family member to me in all but blood. I am grateful for all that Al has given to me over the years, not least of all for the help with my dad’s memorial service and estate. It provided an opportunity (or excuse really, as the opportunity was always there) to connect with Al a bit more deeply than I had in recent years. I find myself regretting now the lost opportunities, and regretting that I will never be able to repay all of Al’s support and generosity.

    I am grateful that, though bittersweet, the events of the last year moved us to come together and renew that bond. I am grateful to have been able to connect with Al in his last weeks over our mutual love of photography. We had talked this past fall about getting together and renting some studio time to make photographs together. Sadly, Al’s health didn’t allow that. If only we had made this a priority earlier. I am grateful to have been able to share some of my recent photos with Al in his last weeks. I hope the photos and our chats made his final weeks a bit richer. There are so many more memories to share, but I will wait until we gather in Al’s memory.

    In love and light,

    Jon Partsch

  • Carol Cook says:

    My earliest memories of Al are as a cute and rambunctious little boy. We became good friends in high school, and that friendship grew over 55 years. My whole family loved Al, he was close to all of my children. I will share my daughters’ Facebook postings from his death notice:

    Courtney Cook Scheff: ‪He was a wonderful human being and a staple in the Cook household. Glad to have so many memories of him. Love and miss you dear Al. 💙‬

    Heather Cook: ‪I know he is in a better place. His smiling face and sparkling blue eyes in my mind’s eye tells me so. Nevertheless, I miss him. My uncle from another grandmother / my mother’s brother from another mother. Our dear friend.‬

    Sincere thanks to Dan Willis, Bob Bielecki, and other friends who made it possible for his final journey to be on his own terms.

    I will miss him forever. RIP, dear Al.

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