Jerry Ginley
1945 - 2020
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Ginley, Jerry
Nov 17, 1945 - Oct 9, 2020
Jerome (Jerry) Dennis Ginley, 74, of Venice, Florida (formerly of Holyoke and Longmeadow, Massachusetts), passed away on October 9, 2020 from congestive heart failure exacerbated by COVID 19. Jerry was born in Holyoke, MA. the youngest of five children, on November 17, 1945. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University.
Jerry was married to Mary Thoubboron on August 29, 1978. Jerry served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He then worked as an insurance underwriter for almost forty years. After moving to Venice, he worked as a custodian for the Sarasota County Schools. He retired in April of 2012 and immediately took off on a road trip to see grandkids and the Grand Canyon. He found the kids more amazing than the Canyon. Jerry coached his son's baseball and basketball teams and chaperoned school field trips. He volunteered at the Jacaranda Library in Venice and most recently worked on the Biden campaign.
He enjoyed reading, travel, golf, theater, music, cards (he could easily beat his wife but not his grandchildren) and watching sports. Most of all he enjoyed being with his grandkids who called him Pop. Jerry is predeceased by his brother, Jack and sisters, Ann and Patricia. He is sorely missed by so many people. Jerry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary; his son; Ryan Ginley, of Fairfield, Connecticut; his daughter; Erin Ross and her husband, Brent, of Flower Mound, Texas and his son; Sean Ginley and his wife, Carly, of Charlotte, North Carolina; six grandchildren; Ellyse, Grace, Alannah, Callista, Declan and Lyla; and his sister, Jane and countless family members and friends. Jerry will be remembered for his mellow personality (except behind the wheel) and his cheerful wiliness to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
He was the best caregiver a woman could wish for when his wife was going through treatment for esophageal cancer.
There will be a memorial service at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Snapdragon Book Foundation ( or the Biden/Harris campaign.

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Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
I wish to pass along my deepest condolences to the family on the passing of Jerry. A friend, classmate on the basketball team, and just recently reconnected with Jerry and other classes mates through a zoom meeting in March. I was shocked to hear of his passing. With much love and sympathy.
Marty Lyons
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October 17, 2020
Jerry came into our lives more than 25 years ago, through my dear and treasured friendship with his wife, Mary. Over the years, I grew so fond of Jerry for his gentle temperament and caring nature. His deep respect and love for Mary was so endearing, as was his playful teasing and thoughtful ways. While Mary moved from Massachusetts and started a second teaching career in Florida, Jerry supported her through the challenges and change. When Mary was fighting esophageal cancer, Jerry was steadfast and tireless as her caregiver. When Mary ventured off to volunteer near and far for the rights of immigrants and others, Jerry not only supported her passions, he made sure the floors were vacuumed and mopped before she came home, because “that’s what Mary likes.” Jerry was always up for an adventure and remained a willing travel companion with Mary. Whether it was visiting grandchildren, crossing the US and other countries, stopping at museums and places of interest, Jerry went with enthusiasm and awe. He was also a fun friend to my Billie, where they shared backgrounds in both the military and postal services. We may not always remember all that is upstanding about Jerry, but we will always remember how he made us feel, welcomed and loved. Jerry's legacy carries on in our hearts forever.
Nina Tepper
October 15, 2020
Jerry was my cousin. I remember him as a young man who always had a smile and a pleasant word. Over the years I didn't have much contact except for an occasional email. He was always thoughtful and interested in what others were doing. I was fortunate to see him this past year and am so sorry that he is no longer with us. I am so sorry that COVID rushed him to an early passing. My condolences to Mary, his children and sister Jane.
Mary Moriarty
October 14, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
October 14, 2020
Jerry and I were classmates at Holyoke Catholic high school. We shared many good times as well as birthdays (11/17/1945). We reconnected for a great lunch a few years ago in Venice. We will miss him. Condolences to the family.
Tim Haarmann, Sr.
October 13, 2020
Sean, Mary and all the family – I am so sorry for your loss and you have our family’s deepest sympathies during this difficult time. I have incredibly fond memories of Coach Ginley at the helm of our CYO basketball teams. While I can’t honestly remember if those teams had any great championship successes, I can say with certainty that the players on Jerry’s teams had about as much fun and enjoyment as any kid could ask for. Much love to you all.
Tim Kucab
October 13, 2020
We met in kindergarten & remained friends for life. You were a great guy & you will be missed by many! RIP my friend & my condolences to your entire family
Joe Canata
October 13, 2020
Reconnected with Jerry in Venice a few years back. We had a nice meal at an Italian restaurant. Unfortunately his wife Mary could not attend. Nice reunion. God bless you Jerry. Rich
Richard Mckillop
October 13, 2020
May Jerry rest in peace with our lord. He is our new angel. Hugs to you Mary and to his children. My mom (Aunt Dorothy) was very fond of him.
Cindy Daoust (Thomson) and Kevin
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