Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


Jeffrey Gerson

September 29, 1943January 5, 2019

Jeffrey Gerson, age 75, of Seattle, WA passed away on January 5, 2019. Jeffrey was born September 29, 1943 in Cleveland, OH.

Jeffrey was the dear brother of Linda Gerson Powers (Doug) and Adrienne Klein (Doug) of NYC; loving uncle of Eve Klein, Debra (Rabbi Adam) Cutler and Jason Powers; cherished son of Irwin and Anne Gerson (both deceased).

Funeral services will be held at BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. TAYLOR RD., CLEVELAND HTS. on Tuesday, January 8 at 2 PM.

Interment Bet Olam Cemetery (Taylor Road Synagogue section).

The family will observe shivah TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 2 - 4 AND 7 - 9 PM, FRIDAY 12 - 2 PM AND SUNDAY 2 - 4 AND 7 - 9 PM at the residence of Linda and Doug Powers, 3323 Belvoir Blvd, Beachwood.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Seattle Public Library Foundation (www.supportspl.org) or charity of choice.

To view this service at 2 PM Tuesday please navigate to www.bitly.com/smallchapel.


  • Funeral Services Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Family will observe shiva Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Family will observe shiva Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Family will observe shiva Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Family will observe shiva Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Family will observe shiva Sunday, January 13, 2019


Jeffrey Gerson

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Robb Kingsbury

April 8, 2019

Jeff and I met as troubleshooter at Bumbershoot Arts Festival, I worked every summer with Jeff for 15 years as Production Crewchiefs in the Seattle Arts. Community and what a joy this was to be with Jeff a great Team Player no problem stood in the way of the show must go on. Jeff always helped all festivals visitors and participant's. Jeff's radio call was. Gerson Jeff is not a person I can ever forget he will always be at my side Kingzy
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Meg Fox

January 13, 2019

So much love and admiration for Jeff.
We worked together when I was new to Seattle, and later on on any number of ridiculous projects. Jeff always found a way even while giving me the look that said, “you know this is kind of nuts right?”
He was generous and eccentric and smarter than all get out. He did not suffer fools but never treated anyone like the fool they may have been.

He was, inside there, very tender. More than once his arm has reached around my shoulder. He wouldnt say much and was ready to move on pretty quickly....But I always felt his compassion.

He unabashedly loved dance and was one of the many folks who kept it alive here without ever stepping on stage.
To his family in Ohio much love and thanks for sharing him with us.

Jessica Jobaris

January 9, 2019

Jeff was “the man” to go to when you had a question about how to create magic on stage. But he wouldn’t just tell you how (which in many a conversation, I got lost in the Gerson engineering rabbit hole), but then he would DO the magic, making it happen on shoestring budgets, on big budgets, on no budgets. He was kind hearted and never laughed at my crazy ideas , making boxes fall from the sky on cue, or how to create the best fake blood, or hang an enormous film screen across an airplane hangar. I’m forever in debt to his generosity, his smarts and his willingness to help. Jeff I adore you, WE all here in Seattle adore you, your humility, and your devotion to the arts, helping so many of us, through all our stages of development.
Thank you Jeff, you will not be forgotten and will be terribly missed. I will celebrate you and your gifts ... always.

Leon Grundstein

January 7, 2019

I have known Jeff isince 1979, which was a a year after I moved to Seattle. I was on the board of Co-Motion Dance and met Jeff through his ex wife who was a dancer in the Company. We became friends, connected through our mutual dedication to the arts, his generous heart (although he would never admit it) and our Cleveland connections. He became my co -board member when he joined On The Boards Performance Company. He was totally committed to the arts and applied his electrical engineering degree and brilliance to act as a “techie” tirelessly helping many arts organizations around Seattle and the Northwest. But most of all he was a loyal friend. He will be missed.