Jeffrey Griffiths Wilmot
1951 – February 11, 2020
Jeffrey Griffiths Wilmot, 69, of Point Roberts died of Parkinson’s-related causes on February 11. He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the eldest of six children of Jeremy Griffiths and Clifford R. Wilmot. He famously left high school to go on an extended adventure and eventually attended Boston University and graduated with a BA in the Vassar College class of 1975.
Jeff always took a unique path, which reflected his intellect and curiosity. While he worked in both real estate and advertising, he found his true passion in publishing. He worked at Newsweek International, was a founding partner of the Dallas Observer, and when he relocated to Hawaii, founded Media-HI, Inc., which published vacation planner magazines and tourist materials for the islands of Hawaii and the Pacific. He adopted “Publish or Perish” as his motto.
While in Hawaii, he served on the board of the Red Cross, participated in numerous tourism organizations and was active in two campaigns for governor. Fifteen years ago, Jeff and wife Jennifer moved to Point Roberts, where he continued to run Media-Hi until he retired. He proudly served as commissioner on fire district 5. Jeff had a dry wit and was remarkably unafraid of failure. He was a natural athlete, an avid sailor, a talented photographer and could whistle symphonies right up to the end.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Urquhart, son, Alex Wilmot of Los Angeles, California, sisters, Jessica Wilmot of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Amy Wilmot of Nevada City, California, brothers Gunnar Wilmot of Bronxville, New York and Mark Wilmot of Nantucket, Massachusetts, sister-in-law Kristina Wilmot of Charleston, South Carolina, many nieces and nephews and four-legged kids, Abbey and Tucker. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Tony Wilmot of Danbury, Connecticut.
Memorial gifts in Jeff’s name may be made to Circle of Care, prcircleofcare.com (Donate) or c/o Umpqua Bank, 476 Tyee Drive, Point Roberts, WA 98281.