Gerald Rice

Stratford, Connecticut


August 9, 2017


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Gerald "Jay" Edward Rice Jr.
Gerald (Jay) Edward Rice Jr., age 48 of Stratford passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Bridgeport Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Amy Bott Rice. 
Born in Stamford he was the son of Rozella Rice and the late Gerald E. Rice Sr.. Jay was a driver for 12 years with CDI before his battle with ALS.  Jay played football for West Haven High where he won two state championships and gained a life long brotherhood with his teammates. He then went on to play football for the University of New Haven Chargers. Jay was a funny man with a mischievous way about him. If you knew Jay, you knew his smile. He was loved by all and will be missed.
In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by his sons; Gerald VanDrooge of Monroe and Kevin Bott of Stratford.  His sister Dawn Marie Rice of Texas. He is also survived by his uncle Raleigh Padgett and his wife Mary, his father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Lynn Bott of Stratford, as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to send a special thank you to his caregiver Valerie Jenkins for her exceptional care she gave to Jay over the past two years. 
Funeral Services will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 2000 Main Street, Stratford with Rev. Scott Lee officiating.  Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at the Dennis & D'Arcy - Abriola & Kelemen Funeral Home 2611 Main St. Stratford CT 06615.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to ALS. To offer online condolences please visit

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Jay, I wear you around my neck each day and talk to you and wonder if your looking down on me laughing saying all Pidge.. I miss you so much my dude, my heart is broken in 2. One thing I do know is that you, Sharee, Lester, grandma and grandpa are all together. That brings peace to my heart. I love and miss you something awful
Jay Jay. I love you Lavonne VONNY

Uncle Jay I think about you often. I miss your phone calls and you calling me "Sweetheart"! You always asked me if I needed anything and wanted to know that I was ok. I always tell people that I was grateful to have known you. I love you and miss you so much. Love Your Niece Le'shae XOXO Rest Peacefully.


Darcy, Helen, Donna, Rudy, Ike , Otis, John W, Miguel, Rob B, will ALWAYS love you. XOXO

Forever in my heart

My condolences to the Rice and Bott family. You will be in my prayers, heart and thoughts. Jay will be forever missed. He was very unique in his own special way. Always played jokes, smiled, laughed. We lost a soldier while heaven gained an angel. Gods welcoming you home my friend. Rest in Peace. Xo

Our deepest condolences to the Rice and Padgett family you all are in our prayers. May you find comfort in the Lord. R.I.P Jay.

Jay may you RIP. No more suffering. You are going home to God. May the family find peace

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.