In Remembrance of Jerome Edward Giles

Jerome Edward Giles

Jerome Edward Giles

Jermyn, 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.

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Sylvia Logue
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Re: In Remembrance of Jerome Edward Giles
Reply #7 on : Sun July 22, 2012, 14:56:24
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Jerry the Fab5 will miss you, no one to sing us the songs at the drop of a hat. Cruising will never be the same without you.
audrey harrell
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Condolence Note
Reply #6 on : Wed July 11, 2012, 20:22:34
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My profound sympathy to Jerry's family and friends. I will miss him.
JoAnne & Art Wilson
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Jerome Giles
Reply #5 on : Wed July 11, 2012, 09:38:37
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We offer our most sincere sympathy to the family of Jerry. Jermyn has always been proud of our Volunteer status. Jerry was the leader in Volunteerism. As a councilman, he lead the council in many popular & unpopular decisions, but always for the betterment of its residents. Under his term as President, the Jermyn Shade Tree Commission and the Main Street Project was established and enacted for environmental reasons due to the town's flooding problems. The sports arena was a vast undertaking, baseball, basketball, sports park, etc., too numerous to mention. His position as school director, not an easy task, he lead with integerity and fairness for the taxpayer and students of the district. Jerry will be missed by all, who were touched by his dedicated volunteeism during his life....
Jermyn Shade Tree Commission sends their condolences for a life dedicated to serving others,especially the youth of our area.
Firp Edmunds
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A Jermyn Legend
Reply #4 on : Wed July 11, 2012, 08:38:16
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Jerry was a true Jermyn legend to all of us who grew up playing basketball at the old grade school. A real class guy who will surely be missed. RIP Jerry... Firp Edmunds, LHS Class of '76
Firp Edmunds
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A Jermyn Legend
Reply #3 on : Tue July 10, 2012, 12:30:59
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Jerry was a Jermyn legend to all of us who grew up playing basketball at the old grade school. He will be missed - was a class act. Firp Edmunds, LHS Class of '76
Gary Schuster
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Condolence
Reply #2 on : Tue July 10, 2012, 10:07:11
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I knew Jerry in the early 1960's. He loved to play basketball with us at the old Jermyn grade school. I was not aware of his many accomplishments, but that doesn't surprise with Jerry. I seem to recall he had a smile on his face all the time. God bless him. Gary Schuster LHC Class of 1966.
Thomas Liuzzo
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God Speed Jerry
Reply #1 on : Tue July 10, 2012, 08:19:02
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Jerry was good to the community as a leader and a friend. He was committed to perform everything he did no, matter how simple or complex, with honor and with that million dollar smile. God Bless. Tom Liuzzo LHS Class of 85