Madison - Gerard F. Gilbert passed away at the age of 76, on December 28, 2011, at home surrounded by his family after a long illness. He was the son of Reaul and Gladys Gilbert of Pittsfield, MA.
Jerry was born in Pittsfield, MA on June 6, 1935. He attended Cranwell Prep in Lennox, MA and went to Holy Cross College in Worchester, MA. He served as a Captain in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1958-1960. He was an executive in pharmaceutical development with Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceuticals and Anaquest.
Jerry received a liver transplant in 1989 at UW Hospital and he was the longest living transplant recipient of the UW program.
He met Constance Nizolek on a blind date; they married in Greenwich, CT on June 14, 1958.
He is survived by his wife, Connie (Nizolek); three children, Jerry of Morganville, NJ, Lynn ( Richard) of Treasure Island, FL and Dan (Lisa) of Scottsdale, AZ; along with four grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Skylar and Eva. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Nizolek, Ken and Joan Nizolek and many nieces, nephews and very dear friends.
The family wishes to send a special thanks to the University of Wisconsin Transplant team and Agrace Hospice care givers.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to: Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, WI.
My condolences to the family and friends of Jerry. Jerry worked as a DSM for she NovaQuest team from 2003 to 2009. I always found Jerry to be very positive and diligent in his work ethic. I will always have fond memories of Jerry and his contributions to the success of the NovaQuest team in Wisconsin. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of bereavement.
Jerry was a great friend and it was an honor to have worked with him. Planes, trains and automobiles. Jerry was a man on the move. He was extremely dedicated to work and supporting his team as a manager. He was a wealth of knowledge and I will always remember our business travels fondly. Jerry was a person that always wanted to know how things were going with you and your family. He was a man who always stood up for his team and wanted the best for all of us. He was a amazing guy all around! He will be greatly missed.
Dear Connie and Family-I want to say how truly sad I am to hear about Jerry. He was such a great boss and a great person. He was always looking for a laugh, a new joke (dirty preferrably), and spoke very highly of you and your family. So many fond memories come to mind. He wanted me to give you my Playboy spinner belt at one of the meetings you came to. Remember that? All of the times he stuck up for me and the rest of his team no matter what the issue. His laughter and good spirits, when he was tired and grumpy so I would try to make him laugh. (It worked). Talking about how much he loved fishing and you loved shopping. How proud he was of your children and the successes they have had. My sympathies and prayers to all of you. Take Care of each other. Teresa Dahl (Green Bay)
Jerry, what a guy he was! A manager who had his ways and no other way but his! "No left lane driving" haha..I will always think of you when I am in that left lane! You were like family to me. All the pit stops we made to pick up flowers for Connie, pumpkins for the holiday, places we ate, and errands we ran. Thank you for having me over for dinner and making my favorite pie, Pumpkin! You will be missed my friend!