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Brattleboro - Gerald Clark Knickerbocker, 92, passed away on April 21st, 2017 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont.

He was the youngest son of Douglas N. and Ruth (Loomis) Knickerbocker of Dalton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dalton High School in 1942.

Gerry enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1942, but was not called until February of 1943. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Flight preparatory school at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. on May 8th, 1943. On August 1st, 1943, he reported to the U.S. Naval Preflight School at the University of North Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Preflight School on October 30, 1943.

He received his commission as a pilot in the Navy on September 9th at Corpus Christie, TX. After successful tours of duty during World War II, he was honorably discharged on November 13th, 1945.

In 1948 Gerry enrolled in the New York State College of forestry (part of Syracuse University) and completed the one year course of study in the Practice of Forestry.

Gerry went on to finish his studies at Syracuse University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1952.

He married Ann (Mela) on September 8th, 1951 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Gerry pursued a career with the New England Forestry Foundation out of Boston, MA performing forest management until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement, he opened up "Connecticut River Safari", a canoe rental, sales and touring business established where the Connecticut River meets the West River in Brattleboro, VT.

During the years of 1981 thru 1984, Gerry and Ann spent off season times sailing the Intercoastal Waterway en route to Marathon Island in the Florida Keys where they spent the winter.

Gerry's adventurous spirit resulted in many trips over the years ranging from hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington. He would often be accompanied by at least one of his children.

In the summer of 1965, he loaded up his Volkswagon camper with Ann, their 4 kids and a nanny. The entire summer was spent exploring the national park's system of the United States.

Gerry was well known for his love of the great outdoors. He loved camping, hiking, fishing, sunbathing, Spofford lake, picking blackberries, the list is long.

Gerry also had a strong kinship with animals. Later in life, he developed a bigger appreciation for dogs. His pals, Sanford and Thomas were always by his side either at home or on one of his woodland excursions.

He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Ann, and by son, Jay Knickerbocker of Brattleboro, Vermont. Gerry is survived by his sons, Jon Knickerbocker and Scott Knickerbocker of Brattleboro, VT, daughter, Ruth Ann Chalifour of W. Chesterfield, NH, three grandsons, two great-granddaughters, neices and nephews.

Celebration of Life: A celebration of Gerry's life will be held Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 1:00 to 4:00 at the Brattleboro Elks Club, 75 Putney Road, in Brattleboro, Vermont. All are welcome.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 13, 2017
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