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January 9, 2013

Jack (John W.) Gerard

Jack (John W.) Gerard

COOPERSTOWN — Jack (John W.) Gerard of Cooperstown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.

Jack, who was raised in Mamaroneck, was born in New Rochelle, to parents James C. and Anna C. (Magrino) Gerard, on Sept. 20, 1933.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna (Swartz) Gerard; and their daughter, Holly Gerard, both of Cooperstown; along with his three sons and their families, Gregory and wife Amy Gerard of Rifton, Jeffrey and wife Cris Gerard of New Paltz, and David and wife Maria Gerard of Durham, N.H. He was also blessed with two grandchildren, Nicholas Gerard of Rifton, and Ada Mae Gerard of Durham, N.H.; as well as many nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The youngest child in a family of eight children, Jack was predeceased by not only his parents, but also by two brothers, (James and Michael Gerard); and three sisters, Marie Brownell, Lucille Campbell and Rose McGoey.

He is survived by two sisters, Marguerite McDonough of Vineyard Haven, Mass., and Gloria Curry of Arlington, Va.

Jack graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era. After his military duty, he attended the prestigious music conservatory, Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (with a major in brass instruments and harmony), and his master’s degree in Music (with a major in education). He furthered his education with advanced credits in administration, supervision and guidance at City College of New York, NYC.

Jack taught instrumental music at the Scarborough Day School in Scarborough, the White Plains Conservatory of Music in White Plains, the Neighborhood School of Music, Bronx, High School of Music and Art in NYC, the Riverdale School of Music in Riverdale, and in Greenburgh Central School District #7 in Hartsdale.

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