Jerry’s Notebook

A PAGE DEDICATED TO GERARD “JERRY” BARONCELLI.

In Honor of Jerry

Our husband, father, grandfather, friend passed away at 6:52pm, Friday, January 18, 2019. He went to Heaven in peace, surrounded by not only family members but also prayers (and funny stories) from across the country!

In lieu of flowers and to honor Gerard “Jerry” Baroncelli, we are asking his friends to donate to Building Homes for Heroes. This is an organization that was near and dear to Jerry’s heart. Our family is going to match all donations. Click the button to donate and please note the honoree as Jerry Baroncelli!

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Elizabeth Budd

I did not have to pleasure of knowing Jerry well. The occasional encounter on the edge of a sports field cheering on his beloved grandchildren in the many sports they play. When he was in town, he never missed a game no matter what the weather. Always a treat to see he and Toni there. After reading and hearing the many stories over the past week about what made Jerry special, I realized that I actually did know him quite well. He passed down many of these qualities down to Nicole who I have been so lucky to have in my life. Always positive. Always ready to help. Great sense of humor. Loyal. Family first. Loves life. Unwavering values. These run deep in the Baroncelli family and his legacy carries these qualities forward with them everyday. It’s woven into the fabric of who they are. And, I even see many of these qualities in his grandchildren, Noah, Ben and Abby. Lucky them, Lucky us. Rest in peace Jerry from a life very well lived and certainly very well loved.

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Jim & Gail Carroll

I first met Jerry in Syracuse in 1978. We both worked for Xerox and Jerry was moving with his family from Boston. My first memory was helping him paint the inside of his new home. He was still living in Boston and gave me a $100 bill to pick up the paint. Of course the paint came to $150. This was the first of many stories of our working together and our friendship. There was the time that Jerry made reservations for 24 in Nassau in the Bahamas on a Presidents Club trip. When only 8 of us showed up I said I was a Senator from the great state of Wyoming and the rest of the people were ill back at the hotel. They said no problem and wined and dined us for the rest of the evening. As we became friends, Jerry’s wife, Toni and there children, Craig, Nicole and Adam would invite us to there home for picnics and fireworks. My wife and I moved to Rochester in 1984 and as the years went by we have lost touch but will never forget Jerry, his guidance, counseling and friendship.
To Toni, Craig, Nicole and Adam we extend our deepest sympathies.

Rest in peace my friend.

Jim and Gail Carroll

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Stewart Macdonald

To Baroncelli Family,
Very sad news about Jerry. It was a pleasure working with him. He was always very professional and engaging. Enjoyed talking with him about sports and events here in St. Pete. Very, very nice gentleman with a great sense of humor. Reading all these stories reinforces the fact that he truly was a great guy and will be missed by all.
Stewart Macdonald

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Curt Schulz

The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost. Rest in Peace, Jerry Baroncelli. You will be sorely missed.

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Nicole Your favorite Daughter

My Dad

This a man when I was little who would pay me a quarter not to cry and give the babysitter a hard time.
The bribe worked every weekend.
This is a man who would take me to the mall just to talk to the cable salesman only to find out our house misses the cable line. He would even offer to buy every channel – never worked but we tried every weekend.
This is a man who taught me to drive in the driveway when I was 14 so by the time I got my permit I was driving on the highway (Route 81) while my Dad napped.
This is a man who drove me to college and on the 4 hour drive talked about (BOYS) and what to expect at college – drive that seemed like days.
This is a man who never judged my 80’s, Grunge, Nicole Style fashion. I was always beautiful.
This a man when I was pregnant with my first child we went to a family dinner in NYC at our neighborhood Italian restaurant, only for the maître d’ to hell from the back of the restaurant “Jerry – 2 beers and a cigarette” and sat us instantly.
This is a man when I took my parents to see the summer cottage my Dad could not stop talking about how fantastic it was. Even though it was a work in progress he thought it was perfect.
This is a husband, father, grandfather, friend who would make you feel like you were unique and awesome even if you were not feeling that way.
My Dad taught me many things but most of all – he taught me to be myself along with a funny story is always good!
The last 2 weeks have been the hardest of my life, but the last couple of days were filled with wonderful stories. Thank you, Dad for being the best Dad and loving me unconditionally. I will miss you; I love you; I will never forget you. My heart is broken.
Love, Nene

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Jennifer Hoke

To Jerry’s family and friends. I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was loved and will be truly missed. He made me laugh and always asked me how my family was and if I got in my hot tub recently?

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Jennifer Hoke

To Jerry’s family and friends. I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was loved and will be truly missed. He made me laugh and always asked me how my family was and if I got in my hot tub recently?

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Lois Motta

We had not seen Jerry for quite some time. Life was changing and we were just beginning to see he and Toni more frequently. Somehow we seem to think that people will always be there. Everyday we would say…this week we have to make plans to see Toni and Jerry. It had been about two months since our last visit and life kept getting in the way. When our family was told of his passing they all expressed how they remember Jerry with respect and love. The children remember him as a “great Uncle”,
He was loved by all for his steadfast demeanor and quick wit.
God has called him home before we got to have our next visit. He will be sorely missed.
Such a great guy!!
Rest in the arms of Chris Jerry…we will, I am sure have that visit sometime in the future.

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Victoria Baillie

To the Baroncelli family, I am So sad to hear of Jerry’s passing … Husband, Father, Papi, Brother, Uncle and Friend..My thoughts and prayers go out to you, his family and friends.
I started with the Centric family in 2007, after having moved from Massachusetts a couple years earlier to MD. Jerry, a fellow (Mass- _ _ le) and New Englander,we hit it off instantly! His sarcastic, dry humor (inbred in us) reminded me of my Northern family and friends (who I was missing terribly) – it was this which first endeared me to him. Jerry had a very special, unique gift,… an innate ability to endear ALL whom he had an occasion to engage in a chat, to him. One was never quite the same after meeting him. His authenticity was rare, and his pull-no-punches demeanor, made every personal or business conversation with him a pleasure. (…even if he kicked you out of his office for asking for a ridiculous blended rate or Color CPC!! …. just sayin’! lol)…:)
Jerry,….you will be sorely missed, certainly by your dear family and close friends in FL and across the US but also by us,… those whom you made to feel WERE your “extended family” (ALL of us that had the pure joy of meeting and engaging with you…). Please look out for us from UP THERE!!! We will miss you and think with fondness of you and your infectious smile, wit and humor, each day we walk the Centric halls and look towards your office… Thank you for making humanity better for being on this great big ball in the Universe!

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Steven voight

One night quite a few of the old Danka gang, were all together in Mexico. We were very inebriated and tired of the confines of the Cozumel Club Med. So we hired a couple cabs and about 12 of us piled into the 2 cabs. We were heading to a highly recommended restaurant in the swanky area. All was good, dinner was fantastic. On the way back, the driver knew of a shortcut, except, we had to go through the very bad area to get there. All of a sudden, we heard what we thought was gunfire, and the cab driver floored it, because he did not want to get robbed. Come to find out it was a flat and we rode the rim all the way back to the resort.

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Brian Smyers

All I can say is “thank you for the hire!”. By taking a chance on me, I was given a better life full of more opportunity and richer experience than I had at my previous employer. I was given an environment where I could stretch and grow. I will always appreciate and be thankful for that. A changed life is a wonderful thing.

As far as funny stories go, I will always remember the time when Ron Mertz had a pole from a debris truck come through his windshield and land in the pasenger seat beside him when driving on the interstate. He actually went and finished the call he was dispatched to before taking care of his car. This went up the rumor mill and of course the story changed. Jerry called me to make sure I was okay and commend me for my dedication in such an incident when I had absolutely nothing to do with it and was oblivious to the whole situation.

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Adam Baroncelli

My Dad

Family Man
Hardworking
A Leader
No nonsense
Compassionate
And of course had a love for golf

One thing my Dad always taught me is to be yourself. Don’t attempt to conform to the “crowd” and dare to be different. Through out his long career in the copier industry their was a consistent theme about my Dad – didn’t give in to the bull****and in many ways did it his way! This is commendable based on how Corporate America generally sucks you in and spits you out! Not with my Dad, he had a keen eye for talent and aligned himself with good people who were loyal, smart and had a lot of the same traits as him.

I’ll always remember my Dad who never missed one of my soccer games!
He would give up a weekend to travel to various cities to play the next tournament and was always supporting me. He gave me advice and was my second coach. We would talk shop all the time and he spent countless hours in our backyard chasing my shanked shots on goal. He was my best friend and no matter how difficult things might have been on the field he would also have a joke for me to break the ice. Him and my mom were the right soccer parents and all they did is cheer and support the team – then we went home and watched Jeopardy.

Even during the tough times, including the time I was caught placing sports bets on the way to school, thanks Nicole for telling on me, he was always a calming influence and using the bad as a teaching moment to make me a better person.

I’ll leave you with this, my Dad was simple and to the point. In today’s world of social media and drama filled nonsense, he is a role model for many. He cared about others and would go out of his way to help. It wasn’t to draw attention to himself but to help resolve an issue and move on. Or maybe it was just to get back on the golf course – either way he made me a better person and for that I’ll never forget.

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Mike martos

God bless Jerry, a man who impacted many. Reading through some of these stories brought back some awesome memories. Seriously, I remember being in Mexico at the Club DRED trip….My goodness how he could make you laugh and pull right back to reality for what needed to get done. Truely amazing how he could bring out the best through his leadership. We have all been touched by a great human being.

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Steven voight

One night quite a few of the old Danka gang, were all together in Mexico. We were very inebriated and tired of the confines of the Cozumel Club Med. So we hired a couple cabs and about 12 of us piled into the 2 cabs. We were heading to a highly recommended restaurant in the swanky area. All was good, dinner was fantastic. On the way back, the driver knew of a shortcut, except, we had to go through the very bad area to get there. All of a sudden, we heard what we thought was gunfire, and the cab driver floored it, because he did not want to get robbed. Come to find out it was a flat and we rode the rim all the way back to the resort.

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Joe Harrigan

Jerry,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! I never got a chance to golf with you, but I have heard how much fun you are to golf with. Fun round with great stories!!!

Joe

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Susan Goodman

Hey Jerry,
This is your Favorite Sales Rep as I would always say kiddingly when reaching out to you and as you would always say in such a fun and endearing way when I would walk into your office, “Oh no! Here she comes again!” I miss hearing you say that so very much!!! Eddie, Shelby, Maddie and I are reaching out to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you for a Speedy Recovery!!! Now remember, Centric cannot afford for you to be sick because although you are retired now, we all know
THAT YOU ARE STILL CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE COMPANY ON YOUR SHOULDERS!!!! We would always end our meetings with this fun and jovial phrase. I miss our meetings and conversations although starting with business at hand, you always took the time to be interested in my family by asking how Maddie and Shelby were doing and being interested in their college journeys.. It was great talking about your memories of your kids being in college and in turn conversations about your fun times with your grand kids and family!
You are a very funny guy and I thank you for always making me laugh and truly relieving the stress of a work day! Feel better so we can talk soon. Thinking of you and sending our love and hugs always!

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Frank Curreri

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Jerry?
there is only one watch that comes close to the Baroncelli watch. It is the Curreri watch! It may not be as well crafted as the Baroncelli watch, but it has more heart and love! The Curreri – Italia watch is special because of the thought and care that went into its design. It is by far one of the most special gifts that I have ever received! You will always be my Italian kin, even though you were from northern Italy! We could always count on each other really being and acting Italian and it made our relationship so special! That’s why I never got mad when Lorraine would call you at work to say hi 😄. We both love you a ton and want nothing more than you to get well!!! You and your family are in our hearts and prayers not only now, but always!

Ti voglio bene fratello!
Franco

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Michael Frate

Hey there Jerry! Remember when you first started at Centric Sean W and I were the “IT team” and sat hidden in the back corner of the building. You set up shop in the room with us and from that moment on I can say that I have learned so much from you. You have quite a presence whether you are speaking (or should I say “performing”) at a meeting or just hanging out drinking a Heineken with people. Then somehow you talked me into dropping you off at the airport almost every weekend and left your car (that original one was quite the gem) at my house for each of those weekends and then I would pick you up either Sunday night or Monday morning. We did that for quite a long time and it was always interesting to hear your take and opinion on whatever the folks on the talk radio station you had on were yakking about. Then you upgraded your vehicle to the Infinity …. what a tank that was. I must say I loved the opportunity to drive that thing! Everything was uneventful until that one Friday we were meeting at my house so I could take you to the airport and you pulled the Infinity into my driveway, jumped out quickly (I believe you were running late for the flight), jumped in my car and off we went. Well as it was the weekend passed and I did not do anything with your car. Monday morning comes and I am getting ready to drive the Infinity down to the airport to pick you up. Low and behold I open the drivers door, start to get in and I notice that it was wet inside (it had literally poured all weekend). I looked up at the sunroof and saw that the it had been left open. Not to spend too much time on how wet it was but just as a reference .. the cup holders in the middle console were both full to the brim! I almost passed out! I ran in my house, grabbed an armful of towels and did my best to sop up all the water. Then on my way down to get you was trying to think how to tell you. Anyway ….. you took it all in stride and the only thing you did was keep one of my daughters towels (had her elementary school name on it) for 10+ years before giving it back. I guess a story like that probably doesn’t do much for others but I believe it puts a smile on both our faces. I wish I had a picture of what mine looked like when I first opened that door that morning!!! Then after several more weekend trips you started telling me how Toni was giving you a hard time about “taking advantage of Mike” although I am not sure if that was the actual story. So whether it was Toni thinking I was being taken advantage of or it was you just getting bored with me that stopped our weekly excursions to and from the airport know that anytime you and Toni pass through Baltimore and need a lift somewhere always know that I will be your personal Uber driver if needed!!! Oh wow!! I just remembered the time you called me to come get you because you got a flat near my Mom’s house and I was in West Virginia so I couldn’t help you. I felt so guilty that I wasn’t there to help you but I must say you once again were very understanding and forgave me. Many other stories, trip to New York in Rick’s car with you nodding off in front seat, Cabo trip, golf outings, the “therapy” sessions in the Supervisor’s room with the guys, just to mention a few …… you know the details (wink, wink)!!
Jerry you are an absolute NUT!! Take care!!! Talk to you soon!!!

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Frank Curreri

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Below is a photo of what an elder Italian can look like in the Witness Protection Program. Get well Paisan,….I mean Senor!!! It’s hard to get good pasta and bolognese wearing a sombrero! Love you, my friend! Stay strong, like when you were lifting and had muscles!
Toni Remembers!!!
Remember, that weightlifting that we did gave you the strength to carry Centric on your back for so many years!!!

Frank

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Cus Service once again

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We will not go away, you cannot make us. You were and always will be such a big part of our Customer Service Dept. We thought you would like to see all of our cold smiling faces. Praying for your speedy recovery. Now once you are home we will be watching our mail for our plane tickets down there to visit. Take care young man see you soon.

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LORALEA SANDERSON

Hi Jerry! I was just thinking about the time when you invited me to cheese and wine at your apartment. When I arrived, you and Toni had a lovely layout of appetizers and a good bottle of wine. We had a lovely time and at the conclusion of the evening, you and Toni corked the bottle of leftover wine and handed it to me to take home. I then proceeded to leave your apartment, except I opened the wrong door and went into your bedroom! You have never let that go and it has been a longstanding joke on me! Praying for you my friend, God is with you.

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There are just too many of us for one photo any more. You know you made this possible. Thanks for all your support and Guidance along the way.

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So you say, how is the weather in Maryland? Well most of would rather be there in sunny Fla. with you.

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Dave Loomis

Hi Jerry,
Thinking of you and praying for a fast recovery. You are definitely one of a kind!
Your compassion and sense of humor is something i will always admire.
And don’t feel ashamed to play from the ladies tees during these trying times!!

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Paul Mink

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How you doing Boss, We haven’t been able to get Rick to approve a putting green.
So here in beautiful sunny Owings Mills Md. We have to take our chip shots off the snowy deck. I am sure you can tell by my form This will not be a good shot lol. Take care my friend Wishing you well.

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Felix Villanueva

Jerry and I didn’t know each other for very long but during the 30-day overlap of my transition into Centric, I feel that we became good friends. I quickly realized that Jerry was a natural at building relationships. As I introduced myself to employees and customers as “the guy replacing Jerry,” I was most often greeted with how much they loved Jerry! I knew immediately, that his shoes were going to be very difficult to fill. Two of my favorite traits of his are his quick wit and his candid feedback. Jerry always found a way to make us smile. Praying everyday for your recovery my friend.

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Janet Garcia

Hi Jerry,
We are all thinking of you. Things here are going and growing well. Thank you for your part in that. I really like being here. You are missed, though. Keep your chin up and hang in there. Reach out to your friends and let them help. I promise they really want to. You are in our thoughts and prayers. All the best wishes to you and yours. You can do this!

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Laurel Carver

Jerry! Just wanted to let you know that Dan and I are thinking about you and praying for your recovery. Remembeing the best golf outing ever w you at playa Las mujeres and your awesome putting skills. Too bad I still beat you! Get better soon! We love you!

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Jessica Washington

Although you retired shortly after I started here at Centric, your (Jerry’s) sense of humor was something that all of us here in the Customer Service Call Center looked forward to every day. Not a day went by that you didn’t make us smile. My family and I have you in our prayers and are looking forward to an amazing recovery for you!

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Susan Voight

Jerry and I were traveling for work and arrived late in Kansas. While driving rental car, pulled over for speeding.
Police Officer asked us if we had been drinking and explained I was with my boss and we just arrived in town. He let us go with no warning or ticket… We went straight to casino!

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Rick Bastinelli

Jerry is my favorite golf partner. We played some of the best course in the USA together! Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, TPC Courses, Caves Valley in Maryland, Copperhead and Old Memorial in Tampa. It didn’t matter whether it was a 5 star course or a dirt track course like Worthington Valley in Owings Mills, MD. we always have a terrific time loaded with laughs, stories and frustrating golf shots!! Love my friend……….always will!!!

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Bob Ricchiuti

One of many fond memories that I have is about the Xerox management conference that was held at Disney World in the early ’90s. As is the custom at some in some of the higher end dining rooms, there was a roving minstrel (playing an accordion, I think) who moved from table to table, serenading the guests. That was the case until he got to our table where Jerry kept slipping him Disney Dollars so that the musician stayed and played at our table for the entire evening. At this same event, Jerry bought for each of us as a memento a creamer that the restaurant typically used. I still have that creamer.

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Sandy Crowder

Hi Jerry – I have so many fond memories it’s hard to choose just one. But I think my favorite is the first time I met you. I used to send you your service P&L each month with an analysis. Well one month you actually came over to the accounting department. You had an issue that you wanted help with. The annual service trip was next month (cruise or Cancun) and you wanted to know how you were going to cover the costs. Well I told you no problem I already had it covered. You told me to pick which trip I wanted to go on and the rest is history. Now that trip is another story. Think of you always!

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Cathy Ressler

Jerry, you were such an inspiration at work for encouragement, laughter and never letting anything get to you. I am praying everyday for healing and recovery for you. Miss you.

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Victoria Baillie

From one fellow pain-in-the-ass to another… Get better we miss you and need you to carry the company a little further on shoulders! At least till we hit A billion dollars! And knowing Scott and Rick, that may just happen!

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Mick Constantinou

Hey Jerry. So many memories that put a smile on my face. Some of my favorites.

Slipping away from work and playing golf at Feather Sound…a lot.

The management trip to Las Vegas that included “Objectives, Goals, Mission, Vision” training with Lewis Tisher and we developed a strategy as a team to turn $100 into $1000 in the casino…and we turned it into $1200.

The time I was convinced you never read the memos/management letters/business analyses/etc. I wrote so I embedded a “humorous” paragraph (keeping it G-rated for this post) about you within a business analysis as a test. I was wrong. You did read the reports.

Anytime we flew somewhere. You are the only dude I have ever met that can fall asleep on a plane before the flight attendants finish the emergency procedures before take off.

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Phil Kellam

In the late 80’s Xerox was doing much training for quality and teamwork. Gerry was the district manager of upstate NY and the company was pairing districts to do teamwork training. Somehow (Gerry intervention) we were teamed up with the Puerto Rico group. They were scheduled to come to Syracuse in February. How he pulled it off, only God and him know but suddenly his entire management group (about 15 of us) were going to Puerto Rico for the training, rather than them coming to snowy NY. We went to PR and he got the instructor to lengthen the training days so we could have off a day,

He set up a private sail boat trip from Ponce on the south side of PR to an island 15 miles off shore We had an absolute great time. whale watching and all.

Moral of story, Gerry always was looking for unique ways to reward the employees for the job they were doing and he did it time and time again. From this trip to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Presidents Club trips, meetings in the Thousand Islands, Saratoga Race track in August, Lake George, Atlantic City, Vermont and on and on

Gerry, I hope this brings back thoughts of that trip and all the others and the great times we had on a “business trips” and also a big thank you for all you did for us through the years.

Praying for you and thinking of you.

Get Better

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Susie Barre

Jerry, I keep waiting for that retirement bus you kept promising to send but it never shows up! It comes once in awhile for Marcia but keeps bringing her back every couple days! Lol we really miss you feel better!

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Michael MacTurk

Hey there my friend! This is sure a change as I don’t recall ever having a one way conversation with you! Sure appreciate all the times you’ve been strong for others, now I guess you could use a return favor! Well you know there are lots of us out here rooting for your recovery and return to good cheer. The most important one has already heard our requests and promises not to ignore even one. Rest in him and all is well. Remember you’re loved, even liked by many too! Don’t forget your manners while you’re under care as all those fine folks are not from HQ even though they are there to help! Lol, if you can and if not smile man!

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Chris Henson

Jerry. Your charm, sense of humor and wisdom have always made you the brightest light in any room that you occupy. Ive always enjoyed talking with you and learning from you. You have made a huge impact on so many people and have been a great role model and mentor. I wish you the best in your recovery.

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Jason Hunt

Hi Jerry ! Whole I cant top Justin’s story I can say from the bottom of my heart you made me laugh most every time I saw you . If I was calling yo complain “many occassions ” you would listen and always lighten the mood . I remember my wife was in labor snd we were closing on a house . I left the room to call you about an issue I was having with the lender, snd you had to sign off on paper work for loan to go thru, you told Jason go have your baby what are you doing on phone with me .. we love you Jerry !

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Jerry, you are witty, you always make me laugh! Jerry you are smart, you always offer words of wisdom in such a meaningful way! Jerry, you are compassionate, you always express concern about others. I have the Empathy Rock we have passed back and forth for so many years, I can’t wait to give it to you! Love You Bud!

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Jerry tells a story about a time he got a group of people together to come see me wrestle at the North Point Flea Market, but he no one ever got my side of the story.

I don’t know how it came to be, but one day at the office he was really excited about the idea of coming to one of my shows, so he decided to make a general voicemail to EVERYONE in the company about my wrestling show on the coming Sunday evening, and how it would be great to come out an support me. Naturally this had me crapping my pants at the time because I usually kept my Centric life and wrestling life pretty separate. People knew I did it, but hearing about it and making mental projections is one thing … being there to see it happen, is totally different.

Fast forward a few days and I show up at the “arena” (a word we used to make us feel better about performing at the North Point Flea Market) and do my regular duties of setting up the chairs, tables, and wrestling ring. The entire time I am thinking to myself “OK, what do I do tonight? Do I go all out, or keep it tame because my boss is going to be here?”. After about ten whole seconds of really deep thought I came to the conclusion that if he was coming for a show, he was going to get one.

Later that night, once the doors opened, I made sure to stand off to the side, peaking through the giant curtain we had, waiting to see if anyone from Centric actually showed up. To my anxious surprise, Jerry walked in with what I will refer to only as his Centric Entourage. I found out later he took them all out for Costas for dinner, so I think most of them felt they had to show up after being paid off in crab meat.

Either way, there was no turning back at this point. I mean, really though, how do you justify to someone that you respect the fact that you have no issue wearing skin hugging, bright greenish-blue tights with wrist tape and giant boots?

The show starts, matches happen, people get beaten up. Some win. Some lose. And then … my turn. I think that there were four of us in my match. I think I might have won. I don’t remember. What I do remember is this. The look on Jerry’s face as all of my opponents were on the outside of the ring and I slowly began climbing up to the top rope. From his seat I probably looked like I was 15 feet high. Now remember when I said earlier that I came to the conclusion that if he was coming for a show, he was going to get one? Well he got one. After a shared moment of eye contact, I jumped as high as I possibly could into the air, did a flip, and came crashing down on top of 3 other guys … directly in front of Jerry and the Centric Entourage (Mike Frate may still have pictures). The howl of simultaneous excitement, laughter, and panic that came out of Jerry at that exact moment was enough to tell me, that at least on that night, I did my job well.

For years after, I got to hear him tell it the way he saw it and remembered it. It always made me feel good because I really enjoyed wrestling when I had the ability to, and his stories would remind me of a time when I got to live my dream, and share it with those who cared.

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Craig Hedrick

In the middle Jerry! Brings us all back to reality on the course and puts a smile on my face! I always try to tell my friends that it’s not about the score on the card (lower still feels somewhat better!), but more about the company you keep while we “play” the game of golf. Missing the company Jerry, but in the meantime, I’ll keep hiding Terry’s tees.

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Ethan Andersen Baroncelli

Also, I want to introduce Jim, our dog. And of course, reintroduce Georgia.

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Ethan Andersen Barconcelli

I remember when I played poker in the plane and I was very good at it. But then when I played vs you I was probably in the last 3 of Best Poker Players. I still cant do it. I kinda quit after I realized I stink. I love you papi, I hope we can play again, but if you are too tired i will play for you. Miss you! Ethan xxx

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Aidan Andersen-Baroncelli

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Hey Papi,
I hope u feel better very soon! I’m always thinking about the fun times we had together. Remember when I went with you to golf and I was trash😂? I’ll be practicing for when we get back there! I might be able to beat you on the wii though😂!! I love you and I’ll see you when we get back there! Miss u lots!
Aidan

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Rachel

Marcia with her feet up on her desk. I hope the picture comes through, since it didn’t look like it did the first time.

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Rachel

Hi Jerry,
I have been praying for a quick recovery. Marcia has taken on your position her at Centric, though I’m not sure she does it as well as you did it.

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Craig B -- his oldest son

True story from this week. We were sitting in the hospital room on Monday, and Jerry was telling the nurse he didn’t want to eat. She was persistent and finally got him to eat something. After she left the room and my Dad fell asleep, I turned to my Mom and said, “You know, it is probably a good thing Dad says ‘no’ so much when it comes to eating food.” Toni said, “Why’s that?”. I said, “Because if he said ‘yes” each time she asked him to eat he would be very fat by now.” My dad then turned his head … snickered and lovingly (I think???) said … “You jerk!”. Ha. Love you Dad! Keep fighting!

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Frank and Lorraine

Jerry,
Just got the news. Don’t worry because I am sending some Italian mobsters to do an old fashioned Italian hit on lung cancer’s ass! We’ll take care of it, plus we talk to God more than any one else!!!🇨🇮❤️️. Love from Lorraine and I.
Get well, Paisan!!!

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Stacey

Good morning “Uncle Jerry”! I am praying for a speedy recovery for you so you can get back on the golf course. Best wishes from Stacey and the Fisher family!

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