Gerald “Jerry” Steve Podolsky, age 68, of Freehold, succumbed to complications from a courageous battle with cancer on April 1, 2019 at CentraState Medical Center. Jerry was born November 23, 1950 to Steve and Florence Podolsky, the oldest of two children. He was raised in Cliffwood, NJ, and attended Holy Trinity School and Perth Amboy High School, where he played football. In 1968 he married Linda Desch in Woodbridge, NJ. They were blessed with five children and raised their family in Howell, NJ. Later, Jerry moved to South Amboy, NJ, where he developed many friendships and proudly called his home for many years.
Jerry was employed as a land surveyor for Goodman, Allgair and Scott before joining the Laborer’s Union Local 156. He later attended Middlesex County College to further pursue his passion of Civil Engineering.
A devout Catholic, Jerry was known to always lend a helping hand. He enjoyed gardening, good food, and had a deep appreciation for music. He was a loyal New York Jets football fan who never missed a game. He spent time outdoors, loved going to the beach, and often spent his weekends at Englishtown Auction. Jerry’s sharp sense of humor and unforgettable wit was known to all, and his laugh was contagious. Jerry was fun to be around, and he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Animals took a natural liking to his independent spirit.
Jerry is survived by his children, Gerald Podolsky Jr., Chris Podolsky, daughter in-law Tracey, Jennifer Podolsky, Elizabeth Podolsky-Bellman, son in-law Joseph, and Steven Podolsky; two grandchildren, Cole and Noah; devoted sister, Gayle Falletta; nephew, David Dengelegi; aunt, Barbara Pierce; and many loving cousins, family members and friends who were so dear to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Florence.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in his name, Gerald S. Podolsky, to: Farm Critter Haven, Animal Sanctuary https://www.facebook.com/FarmCritterHaven in Egg Harbor Township (609- 618-5109) Or Cub Scout Pack 104, 785 Miller Ave, Jackson NJ 08527.
All arrangements were private and under the direction of the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. For information or condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com.