In Memory of




Obituary for Gerald E. Jones

As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe…Keep breathing.

Gerald Edward Jones was born on July 26, 1949, in Newton, MA and was raised right up the street from Myrtle Baptist Church. He bravely departed this life on October 13, 2023. Gerald was the only child of the late
George and Cora (Pennington) Jones. Gerald attended Newton Public Schools and played football at Newton High. He was also very active in various school activities and clubs. Gerald attended University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned an associate degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He then moved to Brooklyn, NY where he attended Pratt Institute to complete his education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Business Management.

On April 25, 1981, Gerald married Paulette Jefferson, who he had known all of his life. In fact, her mother, Lillie Jefferson, took care of him as a child. Gerald and Paulette remained friends; helping and supporting each other until a romance began to bloom. Although he never proposed, they both instinctively knew they had found their soulmate. From this union and a previous marriage, he has two children, Derron Lamont Jones and Shelley Nicole Jefferson. He also welcomed Tracie Morrissey into his family.

Gerald began his food service career in 1972. He was employed by Canteen Corporation and Chartwells for the better part of his career. Due to his longevity in the industry and his business acumen, he was known to some of his colleagues as “the fixer;” often called upon to clean up mismanaged accounts and open new accounts. He managed a myriad of food service accounts in Massachusetts and New York including the World Trade Center, Harvard Medical School, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and the Lynn, Randolph and Hempstead, NY school districts. He retired from the contract food business in 2008.

Gerald was a lifelong, steadfast and dedicated member of Myrtle Baptist Church. He held many offices including Collector and church and Usher Board Treasurer. He was also active in several organizations at Myrtle including the Men’s Fellowship, Trustee Board and Advisory Council. In his youth he was a member of the Junior Choir, Baptist Youth Fellowship, and Sunday School. Because of his culinary abilities, he was often called upon to cater or cook one of his specialty dishes for events at the church including his delicious spaghetti sauce, rice pilaf and his famous macaroni & cheese.

Gerald was an avid reader. He loved books about politics and American History. He had a wealth of knowledge on the Civil War and would share that information with anyone who would listen. He truly believed that those who didn’t know their history were doomed to repeat it. He loved playing golf with his wife and his friends. He was a fierce competitor who took the game seriously, but don’t mention his handicap! There are so many stories from his golfing buddies about his antics on the golf course that might have gotten him thrown off the grounds. Gerald was an original member of the Myrtle Giants softball team and a proud member of the Old Dudes. Gerald also loved hosting large gatherings. His 4th of July parties were legendary, and Christmas Brunch never disappointed. He was the life and soul of the party. Fellowshipping, feeding and entertaining friends and family was a ministry of love for him.

Gerald was also known for his stylish appearance. Most of the time he was nattily dressed from head to toe in his hat, shades, suit and shoes. He believed every young man should have a one good suit, dress shoes, dress shirt, belt and tie.

In 2009 Gerald underwent a successful lung transplant. By the grace of God and an excellent medical team, he defied the odds and lived 14 years post transplant. God gave him a second chance and he lived his life to the fullest. “Iron Man” to his family, he is a shining example of courage, perseverance and trust in the Lord.

His legacy continues on though his wife of 42 years, Paulette (Jefferson), Ashland, MA, son, Derron Lamont Jones, Framingham MA, daughters, Shelley Nicole Jefferson, Brooklyn, NY and Tracie Morrissey (Patrick), Cambridge, MA, grandchildren, Derron Lamont Jones, Jr. and Kiara Mae Jones, Teaneck, NJ, Isiah Herring (Arianna), Cambridge, MA, Ivana Herring (Whitney), Shelbyville, KY, great grandchildren, Zachary and Karmen, brother-in-law, Richard Jefferson (Helen), Newton, MA and sister-in-law, Laurie Nsiah Jefferson, Newton, MA. He also leaves his “sister,” Adell Banks, Natick, MA and “brother,” Jesse Banks (Joan), Newton, MA and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, godchildren, friends and colleagues whom he loved