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STRONG, Gerald W. Gerald W. "Jerry" Strong, 67, of Newington, the loving husband of Judith (Giard) Strong, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, (December 28, 2010), after a short illness. Born in Hartford, son of the late Raymond and Eileen (Wall) Strong, Jerry has lived in Newington for over 30 years. He was a head custodian for the City of Hartford Board of Education as well as a 3rd and 4th Degree Member of the Newington Knights of Columbus Council No. 3884. Jerry was an avid fan of the New York Giants and the UCONN Women's Basketball team. He was very active in the basketball careers of his daughters, coaching them at St. Mary's School and supporting them in any way possible. Jerry was a kind-hearted man whose terrific sense of humor provided endless laughs to all who knew him. In addition to his loving wife Judy, Jerry leaves his three daughters; Jennifer Petrozza of Newington, Amy Heath and her husband Chad of Lee, MA, Katie Brinker and her husband Michael of E. Longmeadow, MA.; his beloved granddaughters who knew him as "Pita," Emily and Lauren Petrozza, Addison Brinker, and Hannah Heath, his sister Nancy Chudzik and her husband Bob of Newington, and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his special friends for many years Danny Ficacelli and Kenny McGraw. He was pre-deceased by his son-in-law Patrick Petrozza. Gerry's funeral service will begin on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave. Newington, CT 06111 followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12 noon at St. Mary's Church in Newington. Burial will take place in West Meadow cemetery in Newington immediately following the Mass. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-7:00 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations may be made to The 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 29, 2010
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