In Memoriam


Gerald J. "Jerry" Damrath

(1932 - 2005)







Gerald J. "Jerry" Damrath

HOHORNELL - Gerald J. "Jerry" Damrath, 72, died Saturday evening (March 19, 2005) at his home at 289 Grand St., after a long illness.

Born in Hornell on Oct. 29, 1932, he was a son of the late Leo and Ervilla "Peggy" Donovan Damrath. On May 23, 1959, he was married in Fort Monroe, Va., to the former Marjorie George, who survives.

A resident of Hornell for most of his life, Jerry was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1951.

He began his career with the United States Army in 1952, retiring with an honorable discharge as a master sergeant in 1972 after serving in the Korean War and Vietnam.

Formerly employed by the Anheuser Busch Co. in Williamsburg, Va., he retired from the New York State Department of Labor in 1994, where he was employed as a labor service representative.

Jerry served as the City of Hornell Public Service Commissioner from 1986 to 2004. He was also a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, having been a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, a fourth degree member of the Hornell Council No. 243 Knights of Columbus and a member of the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell.

He loved to hunt and fish, but one of his favorite pastimes was bowling.

His family includes his wife of 45 years, Marjorie; his son, Leo Damrath of Hornell; his grandson, Avery Vandruff; his brother, Edward (Mary) Damrath of Saugerties; his stepmother, Arbirta Damrath of Hornell; also his nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his brother, Leo A. Damrath.

To honor Jerry's request, there will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to meet his family at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in Jerry's memory to their favorite charity.

Arrangements are with the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., in Hornell.