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
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
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.