Jerome B. (Jerry) Linehan, passed away on January 22, 2017 at the age of 77. Born in Springfield, MA to the late Francis C. and Anna M. (O’Neil) Linehan, he was raised in Chicopee, attending Holy Name elementary school. Jerry was a graduate of Cathedral High School and College of the Holy Cross. He earned his Master’s degree at AIC.
Jerry spent his entire career at Ludlow High School, first as an English teacher, then as a guidance counselor. He enjoyed friendships with several former students throughout his life
Immensely proud of his Irish heritage and ancestors, he visited Ireland twice . Jerry enjoyed all parades attending nearly every Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade a few years ago. He loved the theater, attending plays on Broadway, at the Goodspeed, Matunuck, and several playhouses in the Berkshires.
From the time he was a young boy, he took an enormous interest in politics, both local and national. He was an avid reader and huge fan of the Patriots and Red Sox. Most of all, he loved March Madness.
Jerry took piano lessons in elementary school, and received a piano from his parents on his tenth birthday. He became an accomplished pianist in his adult life. Jerry was a friend of Bill W., and loved his Friday night meetings.
Jerry is survived by his brother Robert Linehan (Priscilla) and his sister Mary LeBlanc (Roger) both of Enfield, CT. He also leaves his nieces and nephews: Beth Linehan of Chester, CT., Michael Linehan (Linda) of Southington, CT., David Linehan (Mary) of Enfield, CT, Karen King (William) Enfield, CT, Susan Parzych (Keith) of Florence, MA, Dan Linehan (Anne) of Enfield, CT, Jonathan LeBlanc of East Hampton, CT., Elizabeth Sheikh (David) of Evanston, IL, and Kathryn Fawthrop (Gerald) of Suffield, CT.
He also leaves several great and great-great nieces and nephews, many cousins, and many, many good friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his nephew, Raymond Linehan, several aunts and uncles, and good friends, William Alberti, Robert Connelly, Donna Dwyer, and Greg and Shirley Wrinn.
Jerry will be remembered for his friendliness, wit, compassion, and intelligence. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
The family would like to thank the multitude of people who sent cards to Jerry, who visited him, and who prayed for him.
Visiting hours at the funeral home are Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 PM.
Funeral services celebrating Jerry’s life will be Monday, January 30, 2017 at 8:45 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Hubbard St, Ludlow, MA. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to The Western Mass. Intergroup Office, 474 Pleasant St., Holyoke, MA 01040.