Gerard ‘Jerry’ Thomas Marcom
We mourn the loss of our friends, neighbors and relatives who have passed. Our memories of life at the Lake are entertwined with our memories of those who shared their lives with us here.
Gerard ‘Jerry’ Thomas Marcom, 70, departed his well-lived life 18 November 2020, at his home in Columbus, Ohio.
Born 17 February 1950 in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Joseph and Maryanne (O’Brien) Marcom, Jerry grew up in the Radburn section of Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
He spent idyllic childhood summers at his grandparents’ cottage in the mountain-top community of Yankee Lake in Wurtsboro, New York, with older brother Dennis and younger sister Franny. Those summers were filled with adventures from dawn to dusk on the lake, in the woods, and nights at the clubhouse. He brought his children, and then eventually his granddaughter, to find the magic there for themselves. Up until this year, Jerry spent time at Yankee Lake every summer of his life. In more recent years he could be seen doing yoga at Smith Dock, kayaking on the lake, and visiting with lifelong friends.
Jerry graduated from St. Luke’s High School, Hohokus, New Jersey, in 1968. He then headed west to attend Ohio Dominican University. During one of his summers off, he volunteered as a camp counselor for children with special needs at Camp Fatima in the hills of New Hampshire. He knew then that his career would be one educating and helping kids like those he met that summer. He graduated ODU in 1972 and began his career in Columbus City Schools.
Upon meeting his future wife, Martha, it was love at first sight. However, he found himself uncharacteristically unable to speak, and he had to wait months to encounter her again in a dance class. He still didn’t know what to say, but fortunately Martha asked him to come over for dinner. Their first date was 21 March 1975 — Jerry never left her house, and the two never looked back. They were married 18 June 1978.
Together, they raised their 3 children in Gahanna and then Bexley (Ohio), sharing their love of books, the outdoors, and delicious food. Jerry coached soccer teams, made Halloween costumes, cheered at swim meets and school plays. He was a caring and involved father, despite the long hours he put in at work.
Jerry spent 40 years in special education, as a teacher, consultant, and administrator, earning an M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton in 1982. The last 14 years were spent as Principal of the Ohio State School for the Blind, where he showed his love for the job by serenading one and all as he walked the halls, wearing his signature bow tie. He never hesitated to don a ridiculous outfit or to break out his dance moves.
After Martha co-founded Yoga on High, Jerry took classes and eventually became a teacher there as well for many years. His classes were said to be a haven for people wanting a balance of wisdom, skill, and gentle yet firm support. He continued his own daily practice for as long as possible.
Upon retiring, Jerry joyfully committed to the daily care of his beloved granddaughter during the first year of her life while her parents were at work. He would send daily reports written from the baby’s perspective. Jerry and Martha went on some grand adventures together, cruising around South America and eventually the world!
After Martha was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, Jerry was a loving and patient caregiver until her death in 2017. After his own diagnosis of a brain tumor later that year, he worked to stay fully involved in life and have as much quality time as possible. He reconnected with old friends, spent time with family, enjoyed his cabin in the Hocking Hills, and even cruised to the heart of the Amazon.
He is survived by his children: Mara (Steve) Christine, Colin (Kelsey O’Leary) Marcom, Mimi (Michael) Flynn, granddaughter Maggie Christine, and siblings Dennis (Krystyna) Marcom, and Franny (Paul Constantino) Marcom.
Donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Arc of Appalachia https://arcofappalachia.org, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank https://give.midohiofoodbank.org, or your local food bank.
We will be celebrating his life through ‘A Verry Jerry Day’, more information can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/verryjerryday.
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