Gerald Budgar

  • "Jerry was a wonderful high school classmate and a unique..."
    - Rich Ahearn
  • "Gerry was a force for encouraging us all to think about the..."
    - Sydney Stern
  • "I was very sad to hear about Jerry's passing. A wonderful..."
    - Frank Werbinski
  • "Jerry was a wonderful person and Friend. Rest in Peace."
    - Tracy Taylor
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    - Karen and Fran Merrigan

Gerald S. Budgar, a lifelong Northampton resident and prominent advocate for the city, passed away suddenly January 20 at Cooley Dickinson hospital.

Jerry was born in Northampton on December 4, 1946, the son of long-time City Councilor Leonard and Sarah Budgar. He was a graduate of Northampton High School and Cornell University.

A journalist early in his career, he wrote for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Holyoke Transcript. After an award-winning tenure at the Albany Times-Union, he redeployed his editorial skills and established a communications consulting firm.

Jerry's great satisfaction derived from the many hours he dedicated to civic causes. He was an involved and active member of the Northampton community, serving on a number of boards and committees, including past president of the Ward Three Neighborhood Association, the Northampton Housing Authority's board of commissioners, Northampton Education Foundation, Meadows City Conservation Commission and Forbes Library, and a member of the Northampton Trust Fund Committee, among others. And because Polish culture piqued his interest, he worked tirelessly each year supporting the Pulaski Day parade.

Gerald leaves a brother, Lawrence and sister-in-law Janet of Glen Rock, NJ, nieces Rachel (Ben) Goldstein and Andrea (Andrew) Picone, and nephew Ethan. He also leaves several grandnieces and cousins, including Stephanie, Saadi, Louis and Matthew Motamedi. His parents predeceased him.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 am Thursday, January 24 at Congregation B'nai Israel synagogue on Prospect Street. Czelusniak Funeral Home is in charge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Jerry's memory to the Northampton Education Foundation, other Northampton civic organizations, or a .
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 22, 2019
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