Gerard "Gerry" Donnelly Jr., 64, of Shenandoah Heights, PA, formerly of Brooklyn and Staten Island NY, was welcomed into the Heavenly arms of Our Lord on Thursday, June 4, 2020 to be reunited with his family and friends that have gone before him.
Gerry was born May 28, 1956 in Brooklyn NY to the late Gerard Sr. and Hilda (O'Driscoll) Donnelly. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from Bishop Ford High School in 1974 and later became an Ironworker for Local 40 until his retirement.
Gerry shared a passion for many things in life. He played semi-pro hockey in his early years and took that passion to continue with being a die-hard New York Rangers fan. He was also a fan of the New York Giants and New York Mets. Gerry was an avid hunter. Archery and rifle seasons, along with the Rangers hockey seasons, became his "Christmas". No matter what was happening around him, once a Rangers game was on everything else disappeared and it was just Gerry and the Rangers. The greatest thing about it was he shared his love of the game, his love of hunting with those he cherished most, his sons and grandchildren, and other family and friends. That will continue always in his honor. Let us never forget... "Aim True, Shoot Straight."
Above all else, there were 7 people that were his world, his 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Gerry is survived by his sons, Patrick and companion of Shenandoah Heights; Peter and companion of Pottsville; Jon and companion of Cressona; his grandchildren, Hunter, Dillon, Gabriel and Mya. He is also survived by his ex wife, Chrissy Mendofik of Girardville; sisters Mary Anderson of Staten Island, NY and Patricia Mooney, wife of Thomas Mooney of Lindenhurst, NY; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; countless other family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, June 9th from 9-11am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah, Pa. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all visitors are asked to follow recommended CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and safety protocol.
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