OBITUARY

Jerry Longo JAQUINTA

June 30, 1946November 16, 2021

Jerry JAQUINTA, age 75, of Boca Raton, Florida passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Jerry was born June 30, 1946 in Fort Lauderdale.

Jerry graduated from Fort Lauderdale high school in 1964. He served in the US Navy in Bethesda MD, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and in Vietnam, as a medic.

After the Navy, Jerry began attending the University of Miami with aspirations of becoming a doctor. But with his father having a heart attack in the 70's, Jerry left UM to come help his parents run their restaurant "Papa Fiori's", which was located in the Cove in Deerfield Beach, and began attending Florida Atlantic University.

After meeting a Boca Raton Police officer at a neighbor's party, he was so enthralled by the stories this officer told him, he went on a "ride-along" with him one evening. Jerry was hooked! He left school and attended the police academy in 1975. Jerry worked in many different divisions in the department before being promoted to Sergeant. He was a legend on the midnight shift! A true mentor and leader, he was respected by many (yet often feared for his stern demeanor)! Eventually, those who worked for him learned he was tough on them because he wanted them to learn to be the very best officers they could be!

Jerry was also a ham radio operator and achieved the highest level license, "Amateur Extra Class", of which he was very proud. Although the ham radio became somewhat less popular with the advancement of the internet, he spent many years with this hobby, with a 30 foot antenna on the side of the house! Later, his other hobbies were photography and Aikido, where he made several good friends.

A memorial service for Jerry will be held Friday, December 17, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Food will be shared in a reception immediately afterwards

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.babionesouthflorida.com for the JAQUINTA family.

Services

17 December

Memorial Service

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1100 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Memories

Jerry Longo JAQUINTA

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Gail Medina

November 28, 2021

My deepest condolences on Jerry’s passing. He was a fine man and a great police officer.

Gary Winterstein

November 26, 2021

I have known Jerry since the 70’s and he was always a good friend to me. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Thanks for some good times Jerry.

Kenneth Pachnek

November 22, 2021

Jerry and I worked together in our law enforcement careers for over 25 years in Boca Raton. He was very intelligent, trustworthy, had a great work attitude and loved his job. I will miss our not enough talks at lunch well after we both retired. Safe a seat Jerry!

Michael McCutcheon

November 22, 2021

JJ
We had a heck of a time while working vice. God speed.

John Higgins

November 22, 2021

Condolences and prayers of healing for the Jaquinta family. Jerry and I were academy classmates and were neighbors for several years early in our BRPD careers. We unfortunately lost touch over the miles and the years but I fondly remember Jerry as a brother in blue. Warm regard - JOHN

Marie McInerney

November 18, 2021

Ah Jerry it has been so long ago that we had contact! Have thought of you many times over the years since John and I used to spend time with you! We did have some fun.
May you rest in heavenly peace in all eternity, and I hope you catch up with John soon! Marie McInerney

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY