US Army

Jerad "Jerry" B. Wilson

April 18, 1948 ~ August 19, 2019 (age 71)


Jerad “Jerry” B. Wilson, age 71, died at his home in Vernon CT on August 19, 2019. He is survived by his sister, June (Wilson) Clark and her husband Robert, and an extended family including an Aunt, cousins and many nieces and nephews in Connecticut, Baltimore and Texas. He was predeceased by his parents George S. Wilson and Sylvia (Saccoccio) Wilson, a brother, Clarence E. “CE” Wilson II, and a sister Judith (Wilson) Blanchard. Jerry was born on April 18, 1948, in Manchester CT. He grew up in Vernon, attended local schools and graduated from Rockville High School. He excelled as a member of the school soccer team. He attended college in Jacksonville, TX. Jerry served with distinction in the U. S. Army during 1969 and 1970. While serving in Vietnam he received several military honors including the Bronze Star Medal. After his military service Jerry and his cousin Mario traveled to Colorado. They were two adventurous young men in their 20’s. Mario and Jerry’s rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is legendary. After returning to CT, Jerry managed auto parts departments for Chrysler dealerships where he received numerous merit rewards. In 2005 Jerry developed a life-threatening illness. He retired and became his Mother’s devoted 24/7 companion and live-in caregiver. Faithfully, every Friday he drove Mom to her hairdresser and then to lunch. Jerry’s niece, Julie, took on the responsibility of driving him to the VA center for medical care in Newington CT. He was so appreciative of her help and friendship. Jerry was a private, independent, stubborn, laid-back, perceptive man. He conducted his life on his terms. He despised war. He believed in human, civil and equal rights. He treated everyone with kindness, respect and dignity. He seldom spoke a bad word about anyone. Jerry was a good decent man and he will be missed. Family and friends are welcome to attend a time of visitation at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home 400 Main St. in Manchester on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10-11 am followed by a graveside service with Military Honors at 11:30 am in East Cemetery, 220 East Center St. in Manchester. Please send donations instead of flowers to Veteran’s Rally Point or call 860-859-4148, ext. 1. “The family thanks you in advance for your donations” To leave an online condolence please visit


September 14, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Graveside Service
September 14, 2019

11:30 AM
East Cemetery
240 East Center Street


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