02.24.17

Gerald “Jerry” Gale

Gerald “Jerry” Gale of North Haven, Connecticut and Jupiter, Florida, died peacefully on February 24, 2017 at the age of 88. Jerry joined his wife and life partner, Sonny, after 66 years of wedded bliss, who predeceased him by just two weeks. He is survived by his children, Eva Mathieu and her husband Mark and Steven Gale and his wife Elisa; his two grandchildren, Rachael and Shane Mathieu; and his step-sister, Barbara Rabin. Jerry is preceded by his parents, Eva and Isadore Gedzelman; his step-mother, Lillian Gedzelman; and his brother, Robert Gale. Jerry was born on April 2, 1928 in Astoria Queens. He married his beloved Sonny in 1950 and soon moved to Connecticut to raise his family and pursue his career. He served in the Navy and attended Long Island University and Helfy and Brown School of Court Reporting. Jerry worked for the Superior and Federal Courts and was co-founder and CEO of Sanders, Gale and Russell, a freelance court reporting agency. He was also co-founder and president of the Connecticut Court Reporters Association. Jerry retired at the age of 84 and at that time was recognized as the oldest practicing court reporter in the nation. Jerry had so many talents and interests that he continued to pursue until his death. He was an accomplished marathon runner, a founding member of the Sleeping Giant Pacers, a relentless movie buff, a conisseur of fine food and restaurants (not to exclude his love for grits and crispy bacon), a theater goer, a cruise aficionado, and a former Knick fan. He was a political activist in his own right, always maintaining his progressive beliefs; a humanitarian and philanthropist, generous to a fault. Jerry was a lifelong learner, attending elder hostel classes, reading multiple current event periodicals, and devouring the news. And above all else, Jerry was devout in his love and commitment to his family and friends.
Funeral service at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden, CT, Monday at 11:30am with a reception to follow. The interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery will be for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable contribution in Jerry’s name.

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12 Comments

  1. Dennis J. Hennessy said,

    02.25.17 at 4:07 am

    I have many fond memories of Sonny & Jerry. Jerry would invite Jack Treworthy, Al Furbush and myself to swim in his pool after a Sunday run at the Sleeping Giant State Park. We would also run on Tuesdays & Thursdays as a group in North Haven. Sonny & Jerry were special people. Sonny & Jerry RIP. Your friend Dennis

  2. Ed Esposito said,

    02.25.17 at 5:45 pm

    Having been a friend an neighbor of the Gales for the past 15 years Sonny and Jerry were very special people , always asking about my wife and children as if they were their own . Sonny always making her homemade soup to share with my family along with always thinking of my kids during Christmas . Going to miss the smile and waves as they drove past the house . RIP Jerry and Sonny you are missed beyond words can express . Your friend Ed .

  3. Cathy Dabakis said,

    02.26.17 at 8:17 pm

    So sad to read that Jerry has passed away. Years ago, Jerry took me on for my internship during court reporting school, gave me my first job after graduation, and was a wonderful mentor. I appreciated his gentle demeanor and his willingness to help a new reporter learn the ropes. Even after I moved on in my career, it was always a pleasure to see him at the state conferences and state association meetings and catch up. I will always have a fondness in my heart for him. My sincere condolences to the family for their loss of both Jerry and Sonny.

  4. John Williams said,

    02.27.17 at 4:39 pm

    Jerry was such an important part of my early career as a lawyer. He went out of his way in the early days when I had just started my practice and was short on cash to make it possible for me to do what needed to be done. I have never forgotten his help back then when I really needed it. He was a wonderful man, a good citizen, and just the best in every way.

  5. Sigmund London said,

    02.27.17 at 9:26 pm

    I remember helping my older cousin Gerry working on his 39 Chevy. He came over form Astoria to Union City. He was always nice to me (Sig ) and Bobby(London) , Artie and Julie when we got together. Always kept his youthful looks and looked like a young Dick Clark. Miss you Gerry and have an eternal bliss with Sonny
    Siggy and Artie London

  6. Jim Leone said,

    02.28.17 at 4:56 pm

    About 10-15 years ago, I stopped by the office on Orange Street. My friend and businessman, Jerry Gale were not there. I felt kind of despondent because as a client, he was so upbeat. My kind of man. Warm, friendly…all the good stuff, like a great dinner! I have fond memories of driving to Yankee Stadium probably 20 years ago with young Jerry! A laugh a minute…another image of warmth and vitality. I miss you both. Never easy when a father has to leave the tribe. Of the hundreds of clients, I have had, Jerry was one of the very few I treasured. Safe journey, my friend and very best to young Jerry and entire Gale family and friends.

    Jim Leone,
    West Hartford, CT

  7. Robert Merchant said,

    03.07.17 at 10:39 pm

    I have nothing but the fondest memories of Jerry Gale. In 1973, Jerry took me in as a fledgling court reporter for Sanders, Gale & Russell. He put up with my many lapses. And through the years, even after I left SGR, he and I had a great relationship. And Sonny! What a joy she was. Hello to Steven and Eva.

    May he rest in peace. Bob Merchant, Naples, Fl

  8. Les Seligson said,

    03.20.17 at 10:37 pm

    I just found out about Jerry. I am soo very sad. He was an icon in court reporting and so admired by everyone. It was a privilege to work with him as a reporter on his staff and many issues facing the court reporting field when he was president of CCRA and after. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to his family. From Les Seligson

  9. Dolores A Falzarano said,

    03.21.17 at 5:05 pm

    I just heard of Jerry’s passing, and just weeks after Sonny’s death, it is so sad. THey were a tour de force together. I first met Jerry in the 70s as a beginning reporter. Although I never worked for him, we would chat occasionally, especially after I started my own court reporting agency.
    He always had time to chat on the phone and offer sage advice, which was always welcome. He was an icon in the Connecticut court reporting community and will be sorely missed. God speed, friend.

  10. VideoPortal said,

    03.30.17 at 11:09 pm

    In ” Time Capsule ,” April reads from Jerry’s mother’s diary that “Gerald starred in his school production of

  11. Mark Candido said,

    04.06.17 at 8:40 pm

    May Gerry and Sunny be blessed to be in heaven together .Both terrific human beings ,with every good trait that we all should be blessed with. Gerry was kind ,caring ,warm ,friendly , thoughtful ,sincere, and from the heart out very interested in your well being! when he asked ” how you were ” he was sincere and concerned about ones well being .Whenever he would come to do business at my Bank he would stop to talk for a 1/2 hour , I enjoyed every minute of being in his company and I always looked for an excuse to have him stay longer.
    What a wonderful man ,person and human being . We need more Gerry’s in our life ! Sunny was also a gem of a woman .May you both RIP .

  12. Mark Candido said,

    04.06.17 at 8:41 pm

    May Gerry and Sunny be blessed to be in heaven together .Both terrific human beings ,with every good trait that we all should be blessed with. Gerry was kind ,caring ,warm ,friendly , thoughtful ,sincere, and from the heart out very interested in your well being! when he asked ” how you were ” he was sincere and concerned about ones well being .Whenever he would come to do business at my Bank he would stop to talk for a 1/2 hour , I enjoyed every minute of being in his company and I always looked for an excuse to have him stay longer.
    We need more Gerry’s in our life ! Sunny was also a gem of a woman .May you both RIP .