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Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan

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Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan Obituary
Gerard T. 'Jerry' Bannan of West Chester Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan, 76, of West Chester, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. He was the loving husband of Concetta "Connie" O. Bannan and beloved father of Thomas A. (Deborah) Bannan, James P. (Julie) Bannan and Brenda Bannan. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Courtney Bannan (Steven) Herzog, Christopher Phillips, Andrew (Kate) Bannan, Cassidy Bannan, John Tristan Bannan Ritland, Calla Claire Bannan Ritland and two great-grandchildren, Emma Herzog and Brady Herzog. Jerry was an IBEW Local Union 654 electrician for 50 years, and worked two years in the Facilities Department for the County of Chester. He also refereed for high school, collegiate, professional basketball in NBA from 1969-1972 and also the ABA in 1974. Jerry attended St. Agnes High School, West Chester University and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, First West Chester Fire Co. and the Elks Lodge, all of West Chester. An outstanding athlete and recent inductee into the Chester County Athletic Hall of Fame, Jerry was continually involved in athletics playing basketball, baseball and football in various local leagues. Jerry devoted himself to promoting youth in sports throughout his life as a founding member of the Little All-American Football Association (LAFA) in West Chester as well as in his retirement installed the electrical lighting system on Kelly Fields at Westtown Road and Rt. 202 so that local kids could play ball. Jerry refereed basketball games in many high schools across the area, and local Big Five universities such as Villanova, St. Joe's and Temple across a 30-year career. He also spent the late 1960's and early 1970's as a referee in professional basketball intersecting with players such as Julius Erving, Billy Cunningham, and John Havlicek. Jerry Bannan threw up the first jump ball between Kareem Abdu Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. A respected official and union electrician, loving father and husband and a man of integrity that touched many lives, Jerry was a superb athlete, man and friend who gave of his time and talents for others to enjoy athletics as much as he did. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, at St. Agnes Church 233 West Gay Street, West Chester. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, at the church. Interment will be private. An Irish celebration of Jerry's life will be held after Mass from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 401 West Washington St., West Chester, PA 19380. All relatives and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry's name may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration online at www.theaftd.org/about/get involved/donate/electronically or contributions designated to AFTD may also be mailed in his name to AFTD Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road Radnor, PA 19087. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Oct. 19, 2011
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