Gloucester and Bedford, MA — Jerome Linus Sutherland, 79, of Gloucester and Bedford, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in the West Roxbury VA Hospital. Jerome was born in Gloucester, Mass., on September 10, 1934, the son of the late Alphonso and Mildred (Perry) Sutherland. He graduated from St. Ann’s High School, Class of 1952, magna cum laude. While at St. Ann’s he captained the basketball team, a sport he loved throughout his life. Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force in June of 1952 and was assigned with Hq Tactical Air Command. He received the National Defense Service Medal during his two years of service. Jerry had worked on security documents during his tour in the Korean Conflict. He was temporarily disabled in August of 1954 and later retired in June of 1959. He resided in Gloucester for most of his life and worked at the Maplewood Sweet Shop and Uncle Moe’s. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Boston sports fan. He also took up lobstering and deer hunting. Jerry had taken care of his mother at that time and later his brother, Thomas. He was often seen walking his miniature poodle, Tiny. Though Jerry was big in stature, he was no doubt a man of gentleness. He was happy with the simple pleasures of life, even up until his death. Chocolate ice cream and cake! Jerry is survived by his brothers, Vincent A. Sutherland and his wife, June, of Gloucester, Brother Raphael “O” Carmolite (John Sutherland) of Illinois; sisters, Carole Sears of Gloucester, Mary J. Johnson of Magnolia, Ellen Swanson of Hamilton; niece and caregiver, Dawn Carpenter and her husband, Walter, of Gloucester and 27 nieces, nephews and many cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Gertrude Perrine and brothers, Raymond and Thomas Sutherland.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. His burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting hours will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, Mass.