Gerald Jakovac “Jerry”

GERALD Jakovac “Jerry”

Passionate. Gentle. Kind. Generous. Hilarious.
Jerry began his life adventure on September 7, 1943 and left this world a better place on September 19, 2020.
He was the devoted husband to the Love of his Life, Karen (Kitzul) for over 56 years. Together, they dedicated their lives to their four daughters: Jeri Lynn Jakovac, Jodi Jakovac, Jani Preece, and Jennifer Parry. He loved his two sons-in-law, Craig Preece and Brian Parry.
Jerry’s title of “Papa” was by far the one he cherished most. He was the best friend and Papa to Carsen Parry, the loving Papa to his “Special Angel,” Ava Parry, and the extremely proud Papa of his “Buddy,” Dane Preece.
Jerry was loved by his two sisters, Rosaline Malette and Irene MacEachern and their families. He will also be missed by his loving Kitzul families. Jerry’s unconditional love, quick wit, and laughter will be missed by our entire family and all of those who were lucky enough to call him, Friend.
As were his wishes, there will not be a visitation or funeral. Stay tuned for a “great party” to be held at a later date.
To honour Jerry’s way of life, please lend a hand to someone in need and always tell the ones closest to you how much you love them.

61 Comments on “Gerald Jakovac “Jerry””

  1. Jerry i only knew you for a short period time but it feels like i knew you all my life . You welcomed me into your family with opened arms like i was part of your,s you rest in peace and i will miss you but you will never be forgotten. OXOX Love Shelley & Lucy Girl Gardner

  2. Jerry you always made me feel like I was one of the family no matter how often I was there. I often joked with you that you should charge me rent.
    The knowledge you had always amazed me. I will miss our aggravation games.
    Miss you already.

  3. Karen and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of bereavement, Jerry was a fun guy and Mel especially had lots of laughs with him over the years.

  4. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dad. He will remain in your hearts forever. Keeping you all in our prayers. Love your American family !!! Allison, Richie , and Debbie

  5. I remember Jerry coming into the hospital to drop off and pick up lab info to the doctors office. His smile was catching.
    May he now rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus

  6. Jenn and Brian and family, am sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  7. Karen and family,
    Our deepest condolences on your loss. Jerry was truly a good friend.
    Best regards,
    Nellie and Bern

  8. Karen and girls: We were so sorry to hear about Jerry. As it will be said many times, he was a great guy–always smiling!!
    Our thoughts and my prayers will be with you at this time. You both made a very loving family and for that you should be very proud.
    Our love is being sent to you and your family at this time.
    Thinking of you with love Dave and Jean Markowski.Jeann

  9. Karen & family, Our deepest condolences to you all. We had many great times at the golf club on our Friday night Two Ball!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Ginnie & Ray

  10. Karen and girls. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at Jerry”s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jerry at Navistar. Like many condolences prior to mine, I would agree he had a smile on his face at all times. I missed swapping stories with Jerry, a habit that we carried on at Maple City for many years. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  11. People come into your life like Jerry with such a joy and laughter, he was fun to listen to and had such a generous heart, we were fortunate enough to live next door to Jen and Brian from the start of their marriage and got to know their wonderful families ❤️ Jerry I know your watching and will be a guardian angel to those who so loved and miss you, my sincere condolences to Karen and families, love Blake and Pam Taylor and family❤️

  12. Deepest, sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to Jerry’s family on beloved Jerry’s passing. Always enjoyed conversing with Jerry, his smile and warmth were infectious and uplifting!! Positivity was the quality that he radiated. God bless his soul and many blessings to his family.- Walter Wolanski

  13. As I look at this beautiful picture of you Jerry, I think of each morning you or Karen and then later on Jen would come into the office so full of life, so vibrant and always with a joke or some exciting news about his wonderful family. He was a man who touched my heart from the very beginning. A kind and gentle giant and always a smile on his face.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to Karen, his girls and spouses and those beautiful grandchildren. His eyes would sparkle whenever he mentioned any of your names. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. His death has truly touched my heart as well.
    Remember the good times memories are a cherished gift. xxoo

  14. I’m so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He always brightened my day whenever I met him. He made the world a happier place for so many and we’ll miss him.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Karen.
    Marilyn Thomson

  15. Our heart felt condolences Karen and family, we have enjoyed many outings and the most Keith still talks about is Jerry going with him to Georgia and Jerry’s unusual wild animal supper in Eufaula, Alabama. He will be missed.

  16. So sorry to hear this sad news. His smile could light up a room. Always so good to see and talk to him. Please know you are in our thoughts.

  17. Jen and Brian;
    We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of Jen’s father, Jerry. We were fortunate to be neighbours with you and visit with your Mom and Dad when they visited you. Jerry had a contagious smile, and his laughter brightened up the room.
    May you see your Dad’s wisdom in all that you do, recognize his kindness in your own heart, and may you always feel his love everywhere you go. Love, Dave & Lorraine McIntosh, Michael, Kevin & Katelyn xo

  18. Karen and family – we extend our sincerest condolences. Our luck in knowing Jerry extends back to high school. You wouldn’t find a nicer, more congenial guy anywhere. He will be sorely missed. We will toast him at dinner tonight!

    Pat (Burrows) and John Belanger

  19. we are so sorry to here of Jerrys passing he was a good buddy for a lot of years the good old days
    playing hooky from high school and playing pool our condolences to Karen and your family .

  20. A man with a very friendly personality. A great supporter of Chatham Kent secondary school. Jerry will be missed.

  21. Dear Karen and girls ,so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing .He was so proud of all of you girls .

  22. Dear Karen, We were saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry. We will always remember his ready smile and kind ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Sincerely, Garry and Kathy Tatsu and family

  23. Karen and Family – So sorry for Your loss.
    Sending Love, Light and Energy during this stressful time.
    Sharon Morris

  24. Karen and Family: Karen you and Jerry were the wonderful couriers that delivered from physicians offices to The Pre-Admit Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. You two were our pre-fax machines. Later you brought Jen on board to fill in for vacations. It was a pleasure to see all of you in the office.
    Jerry always had a smile on his face and could stop and have a quick chat with Leigh and I no matter how busy he was. One thing was for sure, he loved his entire family. His face glowed when he spoke of any of his girls including Karen of course. Jerry you are a special soul, may you Rest In Peace.

  25. Karen and family: So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I keep thinking about all the times we sat side by side at many basketball games watching Kris and Jeri play basketball. He was such a proud Dad. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  26. Karen, Jenn, Brian & Family: Very saddened to read of Jerry’s passing, always enjoyed our chats whether at the golf course or somewhere around town. He was a true gentlemen. Take Care of yourselves in the coming days and weeks

  27. Jenn, so sorry to read about your Dad’s passing! I loved seeing Jerry at the golf course, his smile is one to remember! Sending you a lot of love during this difficult time!! Sincere condolences to you and your entire Family.

  28. Dearest Jani, Jeri, Jodi, Jennifer and Karen
    I’m sending so much love and so many virtual hugs to you. I have so many wonderful memories of my youth at your home. Jerry’s laughter and wisdom were such a blessing. The way he talked about you, Karen, taught me so much about what love is. An amazing legacy. I will miss you Jerry.

  29. I loved Jerry. We played hockey together in the good old days. In 1974 Jerry, Dave and I went to Moscow for the hockey series. We had lots of stories to tell after that. You couldn’t ask for a better friend. Karen and family, my condolences. You are going to get a lot of them. Jerry was a great guy.

  30. A truly wonderful, wonderful man. I first met Jerry when he delivered the mail to the doctor’s office I worked at. He was always smiling and had a quick joke or story to tell. So warm and friendly. He will be greatly missed. To Karen and the family, you have my deepest condolences. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. Remember the good times. Rest in peace, Jerry. You will be greatly missed.

  31. Karen and family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your families. He will be missed by many. Laurie and Tom

  32. Jim and Diane Brown A lovely man. He loved the five ladies in his family, and then his extended family. From working with Jerry at the SWRC and then the old Ontario Steel, and the year’s that followed, that great smile of greeting never changed. Condolences to Karen and all of the Jakovac family.

  33. Sorry for you loss Karen. I’m glad that you were able to share 56 good years together. My thoughts are with you.

  34. Karen & Family
    I have had a few neighbors, mostly busier types that will say hello in passing and mention the weather. Jerry, on the other hand, definitely reminded me of a Robert Frost poem called “A Time to Talk”. This week I noticed a funny habit I must have picked up over the years. I open the garage door, look out, and then over to see if Jerry is outside. Over the years it seems our twenty-minute chats have grown from good natured greetings into an honest friendship with lots of laughing at ourselves. The last time we talked was the morning of the day he passed. We joked about our problems but as always, he was hopeful and in good spirits when he left. I knew Jerry to be a good man and a kind man who I’m sure made a big impression on everyone around. To say he will be missed doesn’t even begin to cut it!

    May you go with grace Jerry.

  35. Karen and family,

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful man. We have great memories of fun times with Jerry. He was always so happy and full of life. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Ron and Joan

  36. Karen and family
    Jerry was a wonderful caring man and always made me smile. He touched many lives and be missed. Much love to you and your family

  37. Karen and family

    I am thinking of all of you at this time.

    Jerry was always a kind man, in high school and when our paths crossed later in our working life. My memories of Jerry include a wonderful smile, and sharing a quick laugh with everyone in our office as he came by.

    Judy Bellamy

  38. Karen and family,

    Sorry to hear about Jerry. Every time I would meet up with you two he always seemed so happy.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care.

    Carol Lusk

  39. Dear Karen and Family
    Our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Jerry was a special man that certainly brought much happiness to all in this world.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this journey.
    Al and Bonnie Goldsmith
    Dave Hunter

  40. Karen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have known him. He was the C V S ”hoola hoop” champ!!
    Jim & Janet Wilcox

  41. Dear Karen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have known Jerry. We will fondly remember him as the “hoopla hoop” CVS champion!!!
    Jim& Janet Wilcox

  42. Dear Karen and Family, Jerry was one of a kind! Condolences and big hugs to your family on The loss of Husband, Father and Grandfather! Rest In Peace!

  43. Dear Karen and Family, Jerry was a wonderful man
    His smile and love of life was so wonderful to see
    He was kind and such a friendly man
    We loved running into you both when you were in Windsor and had small talk
    Our condolences to you and your family
    Your memories will live on !

  44. Karen and family we are so sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. We have fond memories of spending time with your family. May all the goods times help you through this sad time.
    Fred & Kaye

  45. Karen and family–We just found out about Jerry’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the girls. We will always remember the good times we had; especially playing the agrevation game. Charlie and Jerry had a long talk on the phone not too long ago. We just don’t what the future holds. He will be greatly missed by so many. Take care Karen and hold on to the wonderful memories you have with Jerry. Love Charlie and Marilyn.

  46. Dear Karen and girls, we were shocked today to hear of Jerry passing. Our thought and prayers are with you today. He was a great host in your home and a lot of fun at the golf course. He will be missed. Sheila and Ted

  47. Dear Jenn and Brian,

    We want to send our deepest condolences to you and your family and a virtual hug. Jerry has left behind a beautiful family he absolutely adored and wonderful memories. Such a pleasure to have known Jerry. Know we are thinking of you.

    Wayne, Valerie and Tyler Brooksbank

  48. Jerry was my hockey coach in Juvenile way back in 1978 and he was one of the best I had. Was a great guy, always positive and smiling. When I moved back to Chatham in 1978 I ran into him and he was again smiling, asking me how I was doing, still playing hockey, truly interested. I would run into him once or twice a year and always had a great conversation with him. He never forgot who I was and left such a positive impact on me. Rest in peace Coach.

  49. So sorry to hear about Jerry. WE just found out today.Our condolences to you and the family,Karen.It was nice to meet him and talk about events long ago and present.He always had a smile.He will be missed.

  50. I am so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing! I will miss his smiling face and our banter when he delivered reports to our office. To Jerry’s family, my heartfelt condolences to you all. May all of your friends and family give you the courage and love to support you through this difficult time. He will be genuinely missed by everyone that knew him.

  51. When I moved here in early 90’s, Karen and Jerry’s home was a place often stopped by with my sister donna. I was never a social person and from the moment you stepped through the door old friend or stranger were warmly welcomed. i always was made to feel comfortable and as so many have mentioned, Jerry’s wit was legendary.
    My favorite Ontario Christmas memory was Jerry being brave enough to eat the Mescal worm.
    His sudden passing is once again a reminder to never put off visiting friends as life takes many twists and turns when we least expect it a life ends to soon.
    Jerry will always be remembered in my mind and heart with his infectious smile and kind heart.

  52. Hi Karen
    Sorry about Jerry’s passing in September 2020.
    He was so full of energy and always took time for a hello and smile for everyone.
    May all the wonderful memories you shared give you peace and comfort
    Val Harnarine

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