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Jerome “Jerry” Wild,86, of Scituate, Ma. Passed away peacefully on Saturday February 3rd 2024 after living with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease for the last 10 years.
Born and raised in Jamaica Plain. Jerry was the beloved husband, of 60 years, of Linda (Stewart) Wild. He was the loving father of Christine (Wild) Howard (Matthew) of Fairfield, Ct and Nate Wild of Scituate, Ma. Son of the late Charles J Wild and the late Mary (Craven) Wild. Brother of the late Vincent Wild, the late Norbert Wild (Barbara), the late Charles Wild (Joyce), and the late Gene Wild (Mary). Loving grandfather of Jack Howard, Brendan Howard, Kevin Howard and Leah Howard, all of Fairfield, Ct. Jerry was also a loving uncle and cousin to many.
In his youth Jerry found much joy in scouting. He always spoke fondly of all his scouting experiences; it had a profound impact on his life. He rose to the rank of Eagle scout. He also participated in and enjoyed track and hockey.
Jerry attended Rosindale High school. After high school he went to Northeastern University. It was at Northeastern that he met his wife, Linda. They were introduced by the University priest and they had a strong connection from the start. During college Jerry worked as a taxi driver in Boston. Jerry graduated from Northeastern with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and he went on to further education at Boston College. Jerry attained a masters degree in social work from Boston College. Jerry was a member of the Newman club (a Catholic student club) while in college. After graduation from BC Jerry enlisted in the US Army and worked in Army intelligence. Jerry and Linda got married November 23rd 1963, the day after JFK was assassinated. Amidst all the mourning, a sliver of joy! After the wedding Jerrys military service took them travelling. Initially stationed in NJ they then moved to Stuttgart, Germany, then to Connecticut and finally to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Always the humanitarian Jerry dedicated his life to trying to help others. Jerry began his professional career in Connecticut as the director of United Way of Central Naugatuck Valley in Waterbury, Ct. He went on to be the Director of the Community Chest of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. He then became the Executive Vice President of United Community Planning Corporation and the United Way of America in Boston, Ma. During his tenure at all these agencies Jerry strived to find ways to alleviate the struggles and challenges that the underserved faced in the community. Jerry believed strongly in helping all who were in need of assistance; strangers, family and friends alike. It did not matter to Jerry how you knew him (if at all) if there was a way he could help you, he would. In addition to his corporate positions organizing community planning services Jerry also worked as a private consultant. He travelled the country providing insight to various non profits regarding how to best go about serving their communities. In later years Jerrys focus shifted some from the larger community to a more individual approach and he took interest in elder care. He felt a strong desire to help the elderly “age in place”- to remain independent in their own homes as long as possible.
For many years Jerry was a proud supporter and volunteer with Nami (the National alliance on mental illness). He believed strongly in the importance of the work that they do.
Throughout his life the Catholic faith was important to Jerry and brought him much comfort and peace. Wherever he was he was connected to the Church and to others who shared in the faith journey with him. He was active in the parishes he belonged to over the years. He was a lector, an eucharistic
minister and he brought the eucharist to housebound individuals as well. In 1984 Jerry (and his wife and daughter) had the opportunity (and honor) to travel to Rome and meet Pope John Paul II. A very special moment for Jerry. Another milestone in his faith experience occurred in 1980 when he (along with many other members of his parish) joined together and sponsored a family from Laos and enabled them to emigrate to the US and settle in Scituate.
Jerry was a devoted family man. He was always supportive of others dreams and goals. He would freely offer guidance but never interfered. He loved attending the events of his children and grandchildren, not only attending but keeping fastidious notes of all the details too! He enjoyed attending track meets in the city as well as BC football games. Boy did he love Boston College! Go Eagles!
Jerry loved to travel especially by car. He was the king of road trips- traversing the United States and Canada many times. He was a highly disciplined planner and loved to map out his trips step by step. He loved to record details of his travels- especially the sights. Jerry loved nature: flowers, landscapes and all animals.
Jerry loved to read. He was almost always found with a newspaper (The Boston Globe) in his hands or by his side. He loved keeping up with world current events and he also had an appreciation for Boston history.
Jerry was a gentleman. A truly gentle man. He was loyal, kind, sensitive, compassionate, giving, empathetic and patient. He had an easy going smile that put others at ease. He lived by example and did unto others as he wished done unto him.
Jerry handled every single challenge that his illnesses presented with courage and humility. He never gave up or showed self pity. Jerry adapted, persevered and accepted help. Often it is not easy for the consummate “helper” to become the “helped” but he did so with Grace.
Jerry was easily lovable and loved by all who knew him and will be missed terribly.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday February 12th, 2024 between 4-8pm at McNamara-Sparrell funeral home 1 Summer st Cohasset Ma. A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday February 13th, 2024 at 11 am at St Anthony’s In Cohasset, Ma. Internment will be private at a later date. Reception will follow immediately after funeral mass in the hall at St Anthony’s and all are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to:
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) https://www.nami.org/Home
or the NVNA/ Hospice(who provided extraordinary care to Jerry and amazing support to his family) https://www.nvna.org/