In Remembrance of Jerome Edward Giles
Jerome Edward GilesJermyn, PA November 9, 1944 ~ July 9, 2012 Date of Service: July 11, 2012
Jerome Edward Giles
July 9, 2012
Jerome Edward Giles, 67, Jermyn, died Monday in the Commonwealth Hospice Unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was the son of the late Russell D. and Helen Friedman Giles.
Born in Harrisburg on November 9, 1944 he was a graduate of Lakeland High School and Keystone Junior College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Lafayette College and a Master of Science from the University of Scranton. He became certified in special education and school psychology after completion and required course work at Marywood College Graduate School.
He was employed by the Northeastern Intermediate Unit for 36 years as a special education teacher, supervisor of special education and certified school psychologist. He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, a member of Aurora Lodge #523, and Keystone Conservatory, a member of Temple Hesed in Scranton and a 23 year regular member of the men’s Physical fitness Center at the Greater Scranton YMCA in Dunmore.
Jerome spent nearly 26 years in local elective political office including 14 years as a member , secretary, vice-president, and president of the Lakeland School Board and over 11.5 years as a member, vice president, and president of the Jermyn Borough Council. While on the school board, he served as board representative on the Long Range Plan for School Improvement. While on the Borough Council, he was Chairman of the Recreation Committee and later became better known as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Additional community involvement included being Treasurer of the Jermyn Youth Sports Association since its inception in 1976. He was Treasurer of the Lakeland Little League from 1980 to 1994. He was past president, past secretary and the current treasurer of the Jermyn Lions Club. He was the co-founder and for 25 years the commissioner/ coordinator of the Lakeland Elementary Boys’ Basketball League. He served as chairman and treasurer of the Lakeland First Aid Centennial Awards Committee since 1999. He was a long time member and chairman of the Jermyn Recreation Commission. He was elected to serve as a board member of Temple Hesed from 2007 to present. He also served as secretary of the Jermyn Bi-Centennial committee in 1976 and as a committee member for the planning of the 150th anniversary of the Greater Scranton YMCA in 2008-2009.
Jerome is survived by his aunt, Shirley Friedman of Scranton, and many cousins and friends.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 1pm in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with services conducted by Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Temple Hesed. Burial will follow in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from noon until the time of service. There is no shiva. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Hesed 1 Knox Road Scranton, PA 18505 or to the donor’s favorite charity.