Gerald “Jerry” Ward Germain, 56, of Middlebury
MIDDLEBURY — Gerald “Jerry” Ward Germain passed away on Sept. 29, 2022, at Porter Medical Center with family by his side, after years of prolonged medical challenges. He was born on Nov. 4, 1965, and was raised in New Haven, Vt.
After graduating from Mt. Abraham Union High School in 1983, Jerry built a career as a local radio station personality spreading his unique charm from Ticonderoga to Middlebury and picking up several nicknames, like “Geraldo,” along the way. He selflessly shared his knowledge, mentored colleagues, and even helped a few individuals break into the radio business.
He was a kind man with a gentle soul who had a knack for relating to others. He could find common ground while discussing anything from current events to Toys for Tots to music. It seemed like he was always interviewing someone for the local radio or television station and learning and sharing new information, like how to milk a goat at Shelburne Farms.
Jerry had a passion for life, an infectious smile, and a boundless positive attitude no matter the difficulties he faced. He adored his family and spending time with them, especially his granddaughter Phynix. His quirky wit was apparent in his social media posts and updates. He loved travel adventures, radio station antics, trivia conquests and karaoke entertainment and was always happy to reminisce. It seemed like every year he looked for the most outrageous costume for that year’s Halloween party. Jerry was an avid sports fan, a bit of a baseball fanatic and never missed an opportunity to catch a game. One of his favorite pastimes was watching his kids play, cheering them on, and memorializing those special moments in pictures.
He is survived by his beloved children, Phillip (Chauncey) Germain and one granddaughter Phynix Destiny Ruth Stearns (Chauncey’s daughter); Alexander Germain; Colin Germain; and Malisa Nicole Jones; Maureen Stevens, former wife and mother of Chauncey, Alexander, and Colin; and Melissa Cobb, mother of Malisa. He is also survived by siblings Gary Devoid, Randell Devoid, Erica Devoid, Patrick Devoid, Patricia Kapuscinski, and Kim Pully, as well as several nieces, nephews, additional family and friends.
He was predeceased by both his biological and adoptive parents.
Many thanks to all medical professionals/caregivers/the hospice team affiliated with Porter and UVM hospitals and Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care and support during Jerry’s illness. ◊
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