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GerrityWSILVER CREEK:  William John Gerrity, 77, of Pennsylvania Ave., Silver Creek, died suddenly, Monday, March 5th, 2018 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Scranton, PA on January 25, 1941, the son of the late William Joseph and Eleanor (Melvin) Gerrity.

Mr. Gerrity was a graduate of Lake Shore Central School and served in the U.S. Navy.  He worked as a Systems Analyst for the former Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage, Long Island, for 20 years.  Mr. Gerrity at one time, worked for NASA on some of the Apollo Missions, was a co-founder of the former Froggernet, in Silver Creek and was an ordained minister.

He was a former longtime Boy Scout Leader, a former member of Kiwanis and a member of Walthers Model Railroading Club.  Mr. Gerrity enjoyed photography, computers, cooking, trains & railroads, archery, outdoor recreation, engineering as was an avid music enthusiast.  He was a perpetual learner.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace (Gary Hemphill) Gerrity, of Forestville; two sons William (Donna) Gerrity, of East Patchogue, NY; Patrick Gerrity, of Atlanta, GA;  and two sisters, Mary Ellen (Robert) Gabor, of Buffalo; Kathy (Jim) Chalupka, of Orchard Park.  Also surviving is 1 grandson Garrison Hemphill.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Anne N. (Sack) Gerrity, whom he married on July 3, 1965, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek and who died March 11, 2011.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 3-6 PM, from where a Celebration of Life will follow 6 o’clock, with Rev. James Witherington, Jr. officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Dunkirk Fredonia Meals on Wheels, 200 Lake Shore Drive West, Suite 3, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to the Sheridan Fire Department, PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to



2 Comments on Obituary Notice – William John Gerrity

  1. The Mangiameli Familiy says:

    Billy (& Donna), Grace & Patrick:

    We’re so sorry for your loss but hope you’re comforted knowing how much he loved all of you and knowing how blessed you are having such an great example in your lives, in so many ways. He was always so kind, friendly, interesting and certainly tolerent of all the kids that hung out at your house… especially the ones playing music… LOUD… and in retrospect, I’m not sure most of that noise was “music”?!

    He was a great guy and many of us will always remember him.

    Here’s to Bill (raising a glass). Thanks for being you!

    Wishing you fond memories for eternity,
    Peter (Gabby, Petey & Chris)

  2. Michelle Webb says:

    It is said we live on through those whose lives we touch. While we have not met, the impact your son Patrick has had on my life speaks volumes to the incredible positive effect you have had on total strangers, such as myself.

    I am a better person because of Patrick and I have you to thank for raising him to be the wonderful and caring man he is today. Thank you, sir.

    I know that this time is never easy for anyone who loves those who leave us. You are all in my thoughts and have my most sincere condolences for your loss.

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