Jack Gerald ('Jerry') Zurlini of Hemlocks Farms, Pa., dies at age 87

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Jack Gerald “Jerry” Zurlini passed away peacefully at his home in Hemlock Farms, Pa., on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, after a short but courageous battle against cancer. He was 87.

Son of Louise (Martini) and Caesar “Rico” Zurlini, he was born on Feb. 5, 1931, in Tenafly, N.J.

He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1948 and from Manhattan College in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree. He then served his country as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957. On Feb. 1, 1957, Jerry married the love of his life, Margaret (Haurand) Zurlini, and made Tenafly their home.

Jerry was truly passionate about serving his community. He was a member of Tenafly’s board of education, traffic commission, townwide committee, sign committee, bi-centennial committee, Mary Fischer Home Board, Tenafly House Senior Citizen Complex Board, and was the chairman and a member of Tenafly’s Planning Board and Recreation Commission. Jerry was also passionate about his politics and served as the municipal chairman of Tenafly’s Republican County Committee, legislative aide to Senator Gerald Cardinale, District No. 39 chairman for the Committee to Elect Christine Whitman, and member of the Tenafly Republican Club.

Jerry also served the community as a member and president the Tenafly Lions Club, Tenafly/Cresskill Chapter of Unico, and Tenakill Association; was a member of the Tenafly Elks, Tenafly Italian Society, Bergen Passaic Construction Officials Associates, NYPD Legion of Honor, Detectives Crime Clinic of New Jersey, VFW Memorial Fund Board of Trustees, and Tenafly Swim Club Board of Trustees.

When Jerry and Margaret moved to Hemlock Farms to spend their retirement years, a decision that Jerry said was one of the best decision that he and Margaret made, Jerry continued to serve his community. He was a member of the Lords Valley Country Club and served on its Board of Governors for nine years. Jerry also supported the Hemlock Farms Fire Department and served many years as a Fire Police Officer. Jerry also was a member of the Public Works Committee and Election Committee of the Hemlock Farms Community Association, a co-founder of the Columbia Italian American Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Pike County Committee Chairman for Blooming Grove Township, and was a long-time member of the Marine Corps League Reserve.

In business, Jerry was the vice president of Jack Martini Inc., from 1958 to 1994, a heavy construction company that was based in Tenafly that his grandfather had started. Jerry then started his own company, J.G. Zurlini and Associates Inc., a construction consulting and project management firm.

Jerry loved sports throughout his life and excelled as an athlete. He was the League and State Champion in pole vaulting from 1946 to 1948 while at Tenafly High School, and was a member of the Manhattan College Track and Field Team along with Olympic champion Lindy Remigino, and of the Marine Corps Track and Field Team. Jerry was also an avid golfer his entire life, enjoyed swimming, snow and water skiing and just about any other sport.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Margaret; sons, Jack, Michael, and wife, Christie (Peters), Mark and wife, Polly (Kelly), Paul, and Craig and wife, Elisa (Tummiolo); grandchildren, Nicholas, Cassia, Jack, Emily, Olivia, Claudia, Gianni, P.J., Max, Anna, Michael, and James; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 10 County Road, Tenafly, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Memorial donations may be made to The Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 1053 Hemlock Farms Road, Hawley, PA 18428; or Tri-State Gung-Ho Marines, checks payable to “MCL #909” and mailed to: Burt Weinstein, 1127 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428.

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