He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Katherine Staffin, Marion Grabowski, Jean Bell and Cheryl Rupert; three sisters-in-law, Ann Goodspeed, Catherine Williams and Myrt Flint; and a brother-in-law, Walt Staffin.
Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, when the family will be in attendance A Firefighter Memorial Service will be conducted at 5 p.m. by members of the Cooperstown Fire Department.
On Friday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m., Jerry’s casket will be placed in the Cooperstown Fire Department’s 1952 Mack Fire Truck, which will bear him through the Village, followed by his family driving his beloved trucks. They will pause at the Cooperstown VFW/American Legion on Main Street and then proceed to the Fire Hall on Chestnut Street, where he will be accorded the Final Alarm. The procession will then pause at his Toddsville home and proceed to Hartwick for the funeral and burial.
The Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at the First Baptist Church of Hartwick, with Pastor Phillip Sell officiating. The vocal soloist will be great-nephew, Scot Raymond.
Burial will follow in Hartwick Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown VFW/American Legion and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.
A celebration of life will be held following the burial at the Cooperstown VFW/American Legion.
Instead of sending flowers, the Goodspeed family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to the Otsego County Relay for Life, c/o The American Cancer Society / Helen Gregory, 5 Oak Avenue, Sidney, NY 13838, Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, or the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Jerry’s family thanks the members of the Cooperstown VFW, Cooperstown American Legion, Cooperstown Fire Department, and the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company for their incredible compassion and support throughout this difficult time.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
In Jerry’s final days, he found solace reciting with family and friends the prayer:
“Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I shall die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take.