Gerald David "Jerry" Weiss
1939 - 2021
Gerald "Jerry" David Weiss
June 29, 1939 - September 29, 2021
Jerry Weiss, age 82, after living a rich and full life, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, after a long illness.
Born in Detroit to parents Betty Sylvia Weiss and Joseph Weiss, his family moved to southern California where he spent his youth.
Jerry was a natural artist and craftsman. He began drawing cartoons as a child and built complex model airplanes and cars. In high school he learned the art of jewelry making becoming a fine jewelry maker and woodworker. Later Jerry became a skilled leatherworker and earned his living at that craft. He and his partner developed a process of hand poured sand-cast candles which were unique and contemporary.
Both his candles and leather bags were sold at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire where Jerry hosted his always crowded booth.
In the early 1960s he moved to Berkeley and eventually to Sonoma County, settling in Penngrove, where he resided for over 40 years.
Always an entrepreneur, he tried his hand at many things, owning Orient Express Rugs, The Village Golf Shop and later the Santa Rosa Grill. He worked for a time at the Orinda Center, a drug and alcohol
recovery center in Santa Rosa.
There are two words which sum up the passions of Jerry's life: Golf and Music.
Jerry shared the artistic soul of a musician. He began collecting vinyl records in the 1950s and played the guitar, mandolin and fiddle. His musical interests ranged from Lightnin' Hopkins to Bill Monroe, from The Grateful Dead to Manu Chao and he was a lifelong supporter of local music. From the early days of The Inn of the Beginning, to the Cabaret and the Trade Winds, Jerry could be found in the crowd enjoying music with friends.
From its inception he was a volunteer at the Cotati Accordion Festival, helping behind the scenes until he was no longer able to attend.
In the 1990s Jerry met a golf instructor from southern California, Count Yogi, who became his golf mentor. Through Yogi, golf became fun and easy and Jerry's life was changed forever.
Jerry has the notable distinction of being the longest surviving patient of Petaluma Hospice without whose loving care his last years would have been much more difficult. Great thanks and appreciation goes out for the work they do.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Melanie Goodpasture, his son Derek Michael Daniel Weiss, brother Robert Weiss, sister in-law Delia Anderson, grandchildren Michaela Howerton, Sarah Elizabeth Knight-Weiss, and Jerry Prince Weiss and two great grandchildren.
An ardent supporter of Peace and Justice in the World, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Combatants for Peace in his name at
A public memorial celebrating
Jerry's life will be held in the spring of 2022.
Published by Press Democrat from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2021.
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I befriended Jerry many years ago as part of a Men's Group where we worked to make each other better human beings. Jerry was instrumental in that growth, RIP Brother!
Daniel Dawson
October 9, 2021
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