Jerry E. Dawson

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Jerry E. Dawson

AGE: 73 • Wilmington

Jerry E. Dawson of Wilmington, Delaware passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 73. Jerry was born to Elmer and Pearl Dawson in 1941 and grew up in Wilmington and Yorklyn, Delaware. He graduated from Salesianum School in 1959.

Jerry had a long career with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he served as District Manager in Long Island and in Delaware.

It was after his retirement from John Hancock that Jerry found his true calling with the Knights of Columbus. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Bishop Curtis Council and the 4th Degree of the Knights and served honorably in many State Officer positions, including State Deputy. Jerry was especially dedicated to the Knights' efforts to increase religious vocations among the young in Delaware.

Jerry is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Irene M. Dawson, his sons Jerry (Peggy), Chris (Erica), Mike (Michelle), Rich (Jenny), and John (Erin), and his daughter Teresa. He had nine grandchildren whom he loved very much. He is also survived by his siblings Patricia, Johanna, Marcel (Mary), Dolores, Karen (Bill), Joseph (Janice), and Stephen (Barbara), his sisters-in-law Monica, Sandy (Vince), and Phoebe, and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, a good brother and son, and a loyal and helpful coworker. He was happiest when he was helping other people and while watching his grandchildren participate in their many activities.

Friends may call at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday morning, July 12 from 8:30 am to 10 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington Saturday at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE 19713 or to a .

For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory 302.478.7100


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Published in The News Journal from July 8 to July 10, 2014
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