Jeffrey Michael Procko
Mr. Jeffrey Michael Procko, 62, of Dunedin, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Jeff was born and raised in Miami, Florida and lived in Salida, Colorado for thirty years before moving back to the Tampa Bay area in 2019.
At the time of his passing, Jeff was employed as the Building Operator for the Toronto Blue Jays Player Development Complex. He was an avid sports fan and played baseball and softball throughout much of his life so joining a major league baseball organization was a thrill for him. He was also a beloved member of the Salida community and spent time with many friends at the Salida Golf Club where he was well known for his boisterous laugh. He made new friends everywhere he went and made everyone feel welcome.
Survivors include his Father Michael Procko of Port Charlotte, Florida; Daughter Jessica Procko of Pinellas Park, Florida; Son Michael Procko of Denver, Colorado; Brother Steve Procko and Sister-In-Law Lauren Lancaster Procko of Blue Ridge, Georgia; and Niece Melissa Procko of Orlando, Florida.
He was pre-deceased by his mother Irene Procko just months ago in September 2021.
Jeff used to joke with his mother all the time, it was their playful way of connecting.
“I love you”, his mother would say.
“I love you more”, Jeff would retort.
This would continue to go on for a while.
It was a small interaction between a mother and her son that went back-and-forth, and got his 94-year-old mother to smile and laugh. Jeff commented on how much he missed joking with his mother when she passed, sadly saying that he would never be able to do that again. Knowing that they are now able to smile and laugh together for eternity brings the family a small piece of comfort.
Funeral arrangements were private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests others observe a moment of silence to reflect fondly on memories with Jeff.