Jerry Richard Livingston Sr. of Canaseraga, N.Y., passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1941, in Buffalo to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston.
Jerry lived the early years of his life on Grand Island, where he was active in the Rod & Gun Club, the Grand Island Fire Co. and Rescue Squad, and Trinity United Methodist Church. Throughout his life, Jerry made serving others a priority. After moving to the Canaseraga area, he became a member of American Legion Fawcett Post 1582, the Hornell Moose Club, the Hornell Association, and was a past exalted ruler of the Hornell Elks Club. He was also past master of the Keshequa Masonic Lodge. In addition to serving in these organizations, Jerry helped friends, family members, neighbors and strangers in any way that he was able.
Jerry was a wonderful and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He shared melodies, harmonies, laughs, and smiles with his friends and passed his love of music on to his children. In addition to playing the guitar and singing, he enjoyed spending time with his family, watching sports, fishing and boating. Jerry was a self-employed carpenter all of his life and built hundreds of homes throughout Grand Island and the Southern Tier.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Charles Irving Livingston and Martin Luther Livingston Jr. He is survived by his loving wife: Donnalee (Wheeler) Livingston and his children: Julie (Gregory) Swain, Jay (Noel) Livingston, Jody Schue, Jeff (Pam) Livingston, Renee Livingston, and Ryan (Leslie Paladino) Livingston. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren in addition to his sister, Joan (Skip) Fred, his brother Ronald Livingston, his sister-in-law Gayle (Rich) Morley, and many nieces and nephews.
At Jerry's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on July 26 at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, and another was held July 19 at the Birdsall Community Church, 8959 County Route 16, Angelica, N.Y. Arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, N.Y. Jerry's family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Canaseraga Ambulance Service at 10 Main St., Canaseraga, NY 14822.