Jerry Killebrew was born July 13, 1943. He was the only child of the late Dorothy Shoaf, and one of the late John Killebrew’s seven children.
Jerry was a true Brooklynite. It’s where his mother raised him, where he went to school (James Otis High School and Commerce High School), and, as he got older, where he worked and lived with his family.
In 1957 Jerry met the love of his life, Shelia. They dated for four years and while Jerry was in the US Air Force, they were joined in holy matrimony on May 2, 1961. Jerry and Shelia started their new life together on Howard Avenue in Brooklyn, where they welcomed their first child, Yvonne Lynn. They moved to the Pink Houses in Brooklyn, where they had two more children: Renee’ and Gregory Jerry. In May of 1975, Jerry moved his family to Starret City in Brooklyn.
Jerry was a hard worker, who always provided for his family and held various positions in different lines of work. He began his career at Taback Company, and then later obtained a position at the United States Postal Office.
Seeking other job opportunities, Jerry accepted a position as a clerk at Times Square Stores in Brooklyn. His determination, skills and great work ethic led to his promotion to Accounts Payable Audit Manager. Jerry provided Times Square Stores with 25 years of quality service.
When the company closed their properties, he sought out a new line of work at Prudential Insurance Company. He worked in the insurance industry until his retirement in 2005.
However, retirement and sitting at home was not for Jerry. In addition to his many community activities; he began driving seniors around Brooklyn for the Millennium Bus Company.
Jerry was always involved in activities to serve others and his community. In 1977, Jerry joined the International Association of Lions Club, as a Charter Member of the Starrett City Spring Creek Lions Club. The Lions became his life’s work until his passing.
Jerry was the Charter Treasurer of his Club, and over the years he served at different levels, including club president. At the district level he served as Zone Chairperson, Region Chairperson and chaired various district committees. He served as District Governor 2002- 2003; he was a Certified Guiding Lion. He served as a member on Multiple District-20 (MD) Foundation as a trustee. He also served on several MD-20 Convention Committees. In 2012-2013 he was elected President of Dis-trict 20-K1 Past District Governors Association, where he made a signifi-cant contribution to the leadership of the association.
He earned the distinction of being a Melvin Jones Fellow recipient from Lions Clubs International; a Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award and he received numerous Lions, Community and Civic awards. Jerry was a longtime member of the Starrett City Tenant Association (SCTA), Inc. For years he served on the Executive Board of the SCTA. On October 28, 2014 Jerry received a Proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, for his 36 years of community service. Jerry was also an advocate for the American Cancer Society (ACS) from 2012 to 2015, where he worked tirelessly on a cancer awareness committee bringing awareness to the community at large.
Jerry’s battle with cancer began in 2004. By 2005, it had progressed into bone cancer. He never let his illness get the better of him. His involvement with the American Cancer Society (ACS) demonstrated how dedicated he was to the cause for finding a cure for all cancers. He raised money year in and year out for ACS. He wasn’t shy about asking for donations and/or support for the cause.
Jerry fought LONG, Jerry fought HARD, and most importantly, Jerry fought BRAVE. He was an inspiration to others fighting the disease.
On March 2, at 4:30 a.m., while in hospice care at Menorah Home and Hospital in Brooklyn, Jerry succumbed to his illness and peacefully passed away. During his stay in hospice, his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were with him every day. At his side, in the end, were his devoted wife, Shelia, along with his close and special niece, Diane Wood Clark.
Jerry leaves behind to cherish his memory: His wife of almost 54 years, Sheila, three children: Yvonne L., Renee’, and Gregory J. (Belinda J. daughter-in-law); six grandchildren: Chantee’ A., Gregory J., Jasmine M., Brittney M., Jeffrey A., and Courtney D.; great-grandchildren: Nayeli A.R. (Deceased), Nyles X., and Z’Kiyyah C., two sister-in-laws: Yvonne L. Taylor (Timothy L. Taylor, Sr., brother-in-law) and Sandra Coward: and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many very special friends.