Jeffrey Philip La Bar of Nashville, Tennessee passed away peacefully at the age of 58 on July 14th, 2021.  He was born on March 18th, 1963 in Darby, Pennsylvania to June and Bob La Bar.  Jeff grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and went to Upper Darby High School.  

Inspired by his brother Jack to pick up the guitar, he joined the local rock band Cinderella, who rose to prominence in the late 1980s with a string of platinum selling albums. The group toured the world and had numerous charting songs and videos on MTV. Cinderella had an exceptionally strong fanbase in Japan, which was particularly special to Jeff as that’s where his mother June was born and raised. He would always take her and their family in Japan to the band’s shows there, a life highlight for both mother and son. As Jeff got older, a love of music shifted to a passion for the culinary arts, with his cooking inspired by June’s Japanese heritage. He would reinterpret dishes that were standards in the La Bar household and add a unique flair.

Following a move to Nashville in 2004, Jeff quickly surrounded himself with a community of dear friends who he loved to host and cook for at his home there. He never forgot his Delco roots though and stayed close with all those he grew up with in the region. While he became a bit of a fan of the Tennessee Titans when he moved to Nashville, Jeff’s number one sports franchises were in his hometown, number one being the Philadelphia Eagles, as he never missed the team’s games and would always text his dad Bob during them. He would always make time to talk to his mom for hours every Sunday on the phone, reminiscing and listening to stories about June’s days growing up in Japan. He planned on moving back to Delco as his parents got older, and his mother was excited to have him return with his cooking.

Jeff inspired many of his friends and family to get into music, notably his son and pride and joy, Sebastian. He was eternally proud of the man and musician his son became and looked forward to working on a music project with him. Sebastian visited his father in Nashville often and loved playing music with Jeff and hearing about adventures from the old days when he was on the road. An animal lover, Jeff rescued cats, spent time taking care of his fish and adored his cat Loki.

In addition to Sebastian, Jeff is survived by his wife and best friend Debinique, with whom he created an internet radio show Late Night with the La Bars, his parents Bob and June, brothers Jack (Alice) and David (Victoria), sister Diane (Jason), sister-in-law Lisa and many nieces and nephews. Jeff was like a second father to his siblings Diane and David growing up. Although he had many admirers, Jeff was an even bigger fan of his family and friends, seeing the absolute best in everyone he met. Rarely was there a picture of Jeff without a smile on his face. Jeff was an incredibly loving human being and will be missed beyond measure. Immediate arrangements are private and a Celebration of Jeff’s Life is being planned for close friends and family.

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  • robert davenport on

    Me either , seems there should be at least a few women who love hard rock and metal enough to enjoy this site ….

    • Dana on

      Maybe, Lita Ford can join us? I just started reading her book, and I have newfound respect for Ms. Ford. She is a very strong and determined woman.

    • Doug R. on

      Robert, there have been a few women here and there over the last 7+ years since I’ve been posting here, but they usually come and go, why? Who knows. There actually was another Dana for a while, but she disappeared as well.

    • Doug R. on

      Oh wait, I forgot there was also a Beth.

    • RobT on

      Hi Dana,
      I read most of that book, my favorite story she tells was when she was backstage at a Scorpions show sticking her hands into the big cake that was there while she was on quite a munchee.
      Lita Ford to me seems like a woman who is honest about her love of hard rock, like Robert says, that doesn’t seem strange to me.

    • Dana on

      LOL!!! I just read that story.

      Again, like I wrote, this book has really made me appreciate what a determined, and mentally strong woman she is, not to mention self taught at the age of 13! Bless her. There are quite a few men that, sadly, do not come off very good, like Tony Iommi and Poson. But, at least she had great things to say about Glenn Tipton and Jon Bon Jovi.

  • robert davenport on

    It would be great if lita started sharing her thoughts !

    • Dana on

      Yes, Lita if you read this, PLEASE come join us!!!

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