- July 5, 1949 - January 28, 2013
- Hercules, California
of Jerry's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Angel Scholarship Fund for Zion Lutheran School. It was Jerry's wish that "no child should be unable to attend Zion Lutheran School due to financial difficulties."
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July 5, 1949-January 28, 2013
Jerry Wong was born in the Guangdong province in China on July 5th, 1949 to Alfonso Wong and Lee Siu Yee Wong. At the age of one, Jerry and his beloved mother immigrated to the United States. The family soon grew to include four sisters, Jeannette, Dorothy, Ludene, and Sandy. The family lived and worked in the Richmond District, San Francisco.
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley he began his 26 year career at Macy's where he met his wife Terry. After Macy's, Jerry worked at Orchard Supply Hardware, and most recently as a consultant working on Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Smartmeter program. The final assignment was completed in 2012, while Jerry was in the hospital getting chemotherapy and completing a stem cell transplant procedure. Jerry met many friends on the job and is remembered by all as an ultimate professional and a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, Jerry is remembered as a great friend.
Jerry married his wife, Terry, on May 31st 1981 at Zion Lutheran Church. Pastor Emeritus, Frank Jacobsen (PJ) conducted the ceremony and later baptized Jerry. Their son Jonathan was born in 1983 followed by their daughter Allison in 1987. Since 1981, Jerry has devoted his time and energy to Zion Lutheran Church. He served as an elder, a treasurer many extended terms, a ring leader in the annual Easter Brunch, and as an usher. For many years, Jerry was the usher every week except when he was out of town. No one could get into the church sanctuary without first seeing Jerry's very professional and happy face. Jerry also worked on many assignments given to him. There was no job too big or too small. His quiet devotion to God and deep abounding faith will guide us for the rest of our lives.
Jerry enjoyed taking people camping, anyone in his family as well as friends of the family. Jerry taught many of us to enjoy the great outdoors, to enjoy the sulfurous smells of Bumpass Hell, to climb mountain summits, and pyromania notwithstanding, to build a proper camp fire even though it was only three o'clock in the afternoon.
Jerry really enjoyed traveling. He has traveled to Africa and the Galapagos Islands. Jerry was a great photographer. Using the amazing photos from his African safari, he patiently taught his wife the difference between the Reticulated Giraffe and the Masai Giraffe. He also shared his beautiful photos with school children for his teacher friends as well as our family friends. We were all most impressed with the colorful photos of the Blue Footed Booby, a Lion chase and kill sequence, Lefty the Rhino who chased the Land Rover, and many other interesting birds and beasts. Jerry also traveled to Machu Picchu before it became a popular vacation spot. In recent years, Jerry enjoyed the relaxing trips to the Hawaiian islands, spending time with friends and family.
Jerry also enjoyed cooking and eating. His famous BBQs would draw many. We often did not know how many but there was always more than enough for everyone. Besides providing delicious meals, Jerry also enjoyed delicious meals. In his younger days, Jerry would have eating contests with our good friends and totally impressed us with his capacity and tenacity to win and the tummy aches that followed. When not cooking, eating, or entertaining friends and family, he loved reading and gardening in his home in the East Bay. Jerry's garden boasts over 100 rose bushes of great variety and colors. The annual pruning would take several weeks because Jerry would insist his way is the only way and the reason for the bountiful blooms year after year. Even though we expect the gardens to be perfect in heaven, they will be even more so now that Jerry has joined the team.
Jerry is an avid fan of the San Francisco Ballet. Only the SFB annual Nutcracker performance is good enough. Just like camping, Jerry taught many to enjoy the ballet, including his wife and children. Over a 40 year period of time, Jerry worked his way from some less than desirable seats and became the proud owner of front row seats!
All in all, Jerry was just a private man who impressed the people he met as a kind, gentle, caring, hardworking and wonderful person. Based on the number of Facebook messages, text messages, notes, and cards, it is obvious Jerry was more than a great traveler, cook, or gardener. Jerry was a friend to many, family and extended family. He was a friend who listened, who was unbiased, who did not judge, and was trusted by many. Jerry will be remembered always by his beloved family. While we will miss him a great deal on earth, we know he is enjoying his walk with Jesus in heaven.
Since 1981, Zion Lutheran Church and School has been an important part of Jerry's life. The school, in particular held a special place in his heart. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Angel Scholarship Fund for Zion Lutheran School. It was Jerry's wish that "no child should be unable to attend Zion Lutheran School due to financial difficulties."