Gerald Kenneth ‘Jerry’ New

Gerald Kenneth “Jerry” New, 73, passed away July 30, 2019, at his home in Alameda. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in San Francisco to Kenneth and Elizabeth (Theman) New. While he spent his younger years growing up in San Francisco, his family eventually moved to Alameda, where he graduated from Encinal High School. 

Alameda is where he met his wife, Silvia (Bucciarelli) New. They married at St. Joseph’s Basilica on Aug. 20, 1967. Jerry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation. 

His time in the Navy inspired a lifelong enthusiasm for military fiction and non-fiction reading, and he loved authors like Tom Clancy. Father to Alison and Wesley, he dedicated himself to his children. He exemplified what it meant to be a good father and will be remembered by his children as a gentle, caring man who always put them first. 

Although he had no formal culinary training, he could give any classically trained chef a run for their money. 

He shared his passion for cooking with a love of painting, woodworking, gardening, writing, poetry, flying, astronomy and fishing. He loved fishing; and he was good at it. He loved the outdoors. He loved backpacking and camping. 

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave.