Jay Cherrier
1954 - 2013
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Jay Cherrier

Anchorage resident Jay George Cherrier, 59, passed away on June 22, 2013 in Bellevue, WA. He was born in Anchorage, AK on April 12, 1954. Jay married his wife, Chidem Calidrola, in 1997. Jay's business accomplishments provided him the opportunity to travel extensively between Alaska and Washington, calling both his home, with his primary residence in Bellevue, WA.

Jay was the president of Dragnet Fisheries in Alaska from 1978-2000; partner of Northern Lights Seafoods in Washington from 1990-2011; and the owner, president, and managing partner of The Port of Kenai, LLC and Alaska Seafood Services from 2001-2013. Jay was a West Anchorage High School graduate of 1971 and he also obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration at San Diego State University in 1976.

Jay enjoyed traveling, racquet-ball, skiing, boating, and golfing. He also enjoyed attending professional sporting events.

The family says, "Jay was a strong business man with the heart of a lion. He was a loving and devoted father to his son Roland. He had a passionate drive for life and never gave up on improving and obtaining his dreams and goals. He set high standards for himself in all that he pursued. His energy lit up a room. His eternal optimism inspired those closest to him. He enjoyed life and leaves a living legacy of successful endeavors in both his personal and business pursuits. Jay will be remembered for his great love of life and the love he showed for his family and friends. We will miss you Jay Bird."

He is survived by his mother Sue Cherrier; brother Dean Cherrier and sister Kim Cherrier of Anchorage, AK; sister Kelli Cherrier Reagan of Princeton, NJ; wife Chidem Cherrier and son Roland Cherrier of Bellevue, WA.

Jay was preceded in death by his father Roland Joseph Cherrier.

A visitation will be held on July 1, 2013 at Cascade Memorial, 13620 NE 20th St. Ste. A, Bellevue, WA from 11:30am-1:30pm. A service will be held on July 2, 2013 at 5:00pm at St Thomas Church in Medina, WA. An additional service will be held in Anchorage, AK at Holy Family Cathedral on July 9, 2013 at 3:00pm, with Father Paul Raftery, OP, officiating. An inurnment will follow at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at 4:30pm.

Memorial bequests can be sent to The Roland Cherrier Education Trust Fund c/o Dorsey Witney; 701 5th Ave. Ste. 6100, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 28 to Jun. 29, 2013.
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June 22, 2020
You are in my thoughts Jay, now and always. I sure do miss you. Its been 7 years. Unbelievable. It is still unreal that you are not here on Earth with us. I love you. Your sister, Kelli
Kelli Cherrier
June 23, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort in drawing close to God at this most difficult time in your lives.
James 4:8
January 16, 2014
Jay will be deeply missed, he was a pistol of a rare caliber, but now he is back planning strategies with Rod, Wayne,and Earl, and I can hardly wait to see the add on to the kingdom of heaven they have built, my prayer go out to Sue, Dean, Kim, and Kelly
Wes Hamrick
July 24, 2013
Truly a shock! I will miss Jay and our discussions of world events. My Sincere condolences to the entire Cherrier family.
Jim Pulver
July 24, 2013
We all thrive to leave a mark before we go and Jay has left a great one. The world has just lost an amazing man! He will be missed by all.
Brent Gale
July 17, 2013
Simply "Gone to soon". Jay, you will be missed by so many. Roland and Chidem, our hearts go out to you for your devastating loss. Gain strength from your friends and family and don't ever give up hope. Condolences to the extended Cherrier family. We are so sorry for you loss.
David, Loretta & Davis Jones
July 16, 2013
Jay will truley be missed and never forgotten, he lit up the room when present, always in great spirit and had a real gift of life. I wish Roland and Chidem the very very best. It is always better to have loved and lost than to have never loved. With God's speed........
Nancy Klinck-Ennis
July 10, 2013
My prayers are with the cherrier family. He may physically be gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Mr.Jay..
k. m.
July 9, 2013
My sincerest condolences to the entire Cherrier family. I haven't seen Jay in many years but hold fond memories of high school and young adulthood days. Chidem and Roland, may you find peace within your heart with Jay's loss and know that he remains with you.
Donna Monahan
July 6, 2013
Taken too soon, never forgotten.
Gail Luedtke
July 5, 2013
I am sorry for the loss of Jay Cherrier. May the family find comfort in the words found at Jeremiah 29:11.
July 5, 2013
So very sorry for your loss, Kim. You and your family are in my prayers. Sally
July 5, 2013
Jay's simplicity and "no-nonsense" personality is an indelible memory we hold in our thoughts as we celebrate his life of accomplishments and friendships. God Bless and bring peace to all who sorrow in Jay's passing.
Kelly and Lanelle Martin
July 5, 2013
I graduated from West High in Anchorage in 1971 with Jay. He was always a great guy and someone that everyone considered as a friend. We're all so sorry for your loss. Once the wor went out about Jay there were many from his school buddies reflecting over lots of memories. RIP Jay & much love to u & yours.
Kathy Belgard-jones
July 4, 2013
Sue,Kim and Kelli My deepest sympathy.
Jay never gave up on anything.
Dale Dedrick
July 2, 2013
My condolences to the family. This is a shock even though I haven't seen Jay in many years. I have many fond memories of our youth.
Mark Cruver
July 2, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the whole family!
Gary & Barb Lane
July 2, 2013
Jay was quite a character and the world is certainly less interesting without him.
Mark Smith
July 2, 2013
I am sorry for the loss of your husband. May the God who is "binding up the broken hearted and comforting those mourning" be of comfort to your family during this most difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
July 2, 2013
So deeply sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to all Jay's loved ones--his family and close friends.
May you each find comfort in your own special memories.
Franco & Kristie Belk
July 2, 2013
Kelli and Family, So very sad to hear this news. He really did light up a room! My thoughts are with you.
Cindy Casqueira
July 2, 2013
To The Entire Cherrier Family,

I would like to express my most sincere condolances. Jay was a good man.
Rest in peace my friend.
Jim Walsh
July 1, 2013
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
kenny mendez
June 29, 2013
Rest in Peace Jay.
Jess Snider
June 29, 2013
Dear Jay may you Rest in peace, love the dyckmans
olga and curt dyckman
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