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Jerry Piro, Jr.

4/8/2017


Jerry H., Piro, Jr., age 69 of Pequannock, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Jerry was born in Montclair and raised in Cedar Grove. He was a graduate of Memorial High School in Cedar Grove, Class of 1965. He spent most of his professional career working at Givaudan Fragrances of Clifton.

Jerry met his beloved wife, Maryann in October, 1969. They were married in 1972. Together they enjoyed 44 wonderful and loving years together as man and wife.

In 1972 Jerry and Maryann purchased a home in Pequannock where they have remained for the past 44 years. There they raised their two children Marc and Nicole.

If you were to ask anyone about Jerry, the two most precious things were his love for his family and the game of baseball. For fifteen years he coached in the Pequannock Little League where he was known to be willing to practice with his players seven days a week if they wanted to. Jerry had the honor of coaching his own son Marc and many of his lifelong friends who excelled under his coaching skills. In a long-standing tradition passed down in his family, Jerry himself was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Jerry had a huge heart. It seemed that wherever he saw a need, he was eager to step in and help. He could often be found leading in the coordination of fundraisers for good causes and yet he never looked for any recognition, actually choosing to avoid it instead. To Jerry, helping a fellow human in need was all he wanted. A man who valued his family greatly, he was truly proud of his children and loved being a grandfather to his two granddaughters and one grandson. Jerry was also a man of faith and attended mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church on a regular basis.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife Maryann, his dear son Marc and wife Jennifer Piro of Wayne, his dear daughter Nicole and husband Kyle Piazza of Rockaway and three cherished grandchildren, Madison, Samantha, and Colton.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from the funeral home, followed by entombment at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Jerry’s name are asked to consider Make-A-Wish Foundation Samuel and Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, 1347 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831, or online at nj.wish.org

Guest Book

4/11/2017

Jerry was a wonderful, amazing and truly beautiful man. We were blessed when our son Kyle married his beautiful daughter Nicole and we inherited Jerry and MaryAnn as a part of our extended family. He will be missed by us He is now with God and is a new angel in heaven who watches over all of us. God bless Jerry and his beautiful family, especially his loving wife Maryann.

Terry and Michele Tersigni

4/11/2017

So sorry to learn of the passing of my old friend Jerry, To this day as I watch my grandsons play ball at Washington Park,I always think of Jerry and the games we coached against each other.Jerry always had a great way tpwith not only his team but all the boys in the league. He stressed the fundamentals of the game and his "boys" knew how the game was meant to be played.I will always cherish those memories ,he was a special kind of guy. My prayers and condolences are with you all during this difficult time.,

Frank Colvin

4/12/2017

Maryann, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Jerry. My condolences to you and your family.

Helene Pier

4/12/2017

Maryann, Words cannot express my heart longs to say. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May you and your family find comfort in loving memories during this time of sorrow. God loves you and He can restore your spirits, gives you a peaceful heart and strengthen you. My prayers are with you all.

Mable Yau

4/12/2017

Jerry was like a brother to me. He and Maryann took me to my first concert,we played basketball in the backyard. He took me for rides in his '69 GTO, Foxy Lady. The world has lost one of the best. My deepest sympathy to Maryann, Mark, and Nicole. Rest in peace Cousin Jerry.

Johnny Pandise

4/12/2017

Jerry was always up, we had a lot of fun through school. I lost touch with him over the years but never forgot him. We had dinner some time back and it was like we were in high school again. My deepest sympathy to his family, he will be in prays. Rest in peace my friend.

Paul J. Maione

4/13/2017

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and father. Jerry will be greatly missed.

Beverly and Gene Passaro

4/14/2017

I was very saddened to learn of Mr. Piro's passing. I had the true privilege of being coached by him in Pequannock's little league system, and played with his son Marc for a number of years. His generosity was well known, with his time, his patience, and ice cream after the game. And his kindness to every player, no matter their skill level, was as important a lesson for an 11 yr old as was how to catch and throw. I can't say enough about how much fun I had playing for him. Thank you Marc, Nicole and Mrs Piro for that

David McKeown

4/22/2017

We are so very sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. Our 5 yr old grandson started playing baseball On little league. I told everyone about Jerry and how They even practiced with snow on the ground. Then I heard about Jerry. So he was on my mind. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you Love Joan and Joe D'Amato

Joan D'Amato


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