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Edward F. Carter Funeral Home

41 Grand Street, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

OBITUARY

Gerald A. Munson

May 13, 1954June 28, 2019
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Gerald A. Munson of Croton-on-Hudson, NY passed away with his family at his side on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the age of 65. Gerry was born to Elwood and Eleanor (King) Munson on May 13, 1954 in Ossining, NY. Gerald is survived by his beloved wife Patricia A. (D’Uva) Munson, cherished children John Munson (Maureen), Rebecca Munson Misiti (Greg) and Kristen Zamora (Johnathan) and his adored Grandchildren Ellie, Sophia, J.J., Sean, Emma and Mackenzie. Gerry is also survived by his sister Janet Neuner and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Elwood Munson Jr. and sister JoAnne Ferguson. Gerry spent more than 45 years serving the community as a member, Officer and Chief of the Croton Volunteer Fire Department. Amongst his accomplishments was leading the movement to obtain better radio equipment, the first Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in department history, acquiring a second ambulance and developing the Firefighter Assist & Search Team. He was a mentor, teacher, instructor, leader and friend to many during his tenure with the department. As part of his lifetime of community involvement, he was also a retired member of the Croton Police Department, retiring in October 2000 at the rank of Sergeant. Here he helped obtain better EMS equipment – including AEDs – for each patrol car, worked as part of the Emergency Response Team, was one of about a half dozen Officers who became certified as EMTs and spent hundreds - if not thousands - of hours as a part of the Westchester County Arson Task Force, investigating fires throughout northern Westchester. For nearly 15 years, Gerry served as a Deputy Fire Coordinator for the Croton/Cortlandt area known as “Battalion 10,” coordinating Mutual Aid incidents and training for the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services. In retirement, he spent much of his time staying involved in the activities and life events of his favorite people in the world – his Grandchildren. As he did with his own children when they were younger, “Papa” made every effort to be at every game, every school performance and every birthday – no matter what. After the passing of his parents over 20 years ago, he made a point to carry on their annual Christmas Eve tradition, bringing together the many nieces, nephews and cousins to share in the joy and love passed on from them. Gerry’s love and compassion for people didn’t end with his family. He volunteered as a Little League coach, helped with the inaugural years of the Croton Little League Challenger Division, was active with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and even did a short stint as a volunteer with Croton EMS. He could never say no to someone asking him for help or to helping someone even if they never asked but would never think to ask anyone for help himself. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. Gerry will be missed by many and will leave a great void in the hearts of all those who loved him.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Private Cremation Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Memories

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Al Negri

July 15, 2019

I have such fond memories hanging out with Gerry back in the early seventies when we were kids. The trouble we used to get in to and the fun we had! LOL! Those were good times that I’ll never forget. RIP my friend.

Cathy Burns

July 15, 2019

Gerry was a wonderful person. First met him years ago at the national fallen firefighters memorial in Emmetsberg. He was a true friend to my husband and me. He will be missed.

Jay Wheeler

July 5, 2019

To the Munson family, I offer my deepest condolences for your loss. Right now there are no words I can think of to ease your discomfort and pain. I do truly understand what you are going through having lost my Dad when I was 16. If theirs anything I can do to help you during these trying times please call and I’ll be their. Gerry helped me through some tuff time’s and all he gave me was advice. He said you already have what you need to be what you want to be, all that other crap just suck it up stand tall and never give up! Thank you Gerry that advice just might have helped save myself from going down the tracks that had no trestle to go over the canyon. I’m forever in your debt. Until we meet again Mr. Sgt. Cheif Munson, your friend, Jay Steven Wheeler.

Nina Davis-Millis

July 3, 2019

Gerry was in my class in Kindergarten and in my heart he remains the happy, kind, and fun 5-year-old I first met. And to be honest, I bet he retained those qualities his whole life!

Ellie Zamora

July 2, 2019

My grandfather was the best man alive. Hands down. When anyone needed anything he would always be the first to be there. Every basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse game he would be there. Every school concert or dance recitals he would be the first to hand us flowers and tell us how proud he was of us. Even tho papa is gone he will never be gone in our hearts, and now whenever i’m in the batters box i will always hear him telling me “LAY OFF THE HIGH ONES” Rip papa, I love you.

Daniel P O'Brien Sr

July 2, 2019

Gerry I looked up to you as mentour I learned a lot from your training you are a very smart person in fire service i wish we had more time learn from you I salute you Chief Gerry Munson you're always be in my heart you will never be forgotten until we meet again Firehouse in sky Chief Gerry Munson you can rest in peace we will take it from here . I am proud to call you my friend O Lord grant him eternal life amen

Rocco Cusano

July 1, 2019

I still can't believe your gone, but I know you are at peace now. You were more than a friend, you were my brother and many times a father to me. You consistantly guided me in the right direction, mentored me to the fullest, and always spoke your mind, loved that you never "sugar coated" anything. Many memories to post and so much to say, but that will come to you as I say my nightly prayers. You always had my back, pushed me to become an EMT and spoke to me numerous times to run for Chief. I remember how proud you were when I passed my EMT, you gave me my trauma bag and new nickname"DocRoc", to this day members still address me by that. I miss you more than you know my friend, enjoy your new life reunited with your loved ones and please let my mom know how much she is missed everyday. We will look after your loved ones down here. Save me a spot on your firefighter roster in heaven, it would be an honor again to serve under you. God Bless and rest easy GAM!!

Danny King

July 1, 2019

Our lives are forever entwined with shared memories of wonderful family times. If these words could go straight to you - Gerry, your sense of humor and dedication to serving your community always will make me proud to call you Cuz.....much love to all the loved ones whose daily lives will never be the same.

Gregg Tucci

July 1, 2019

There are not enough words to express how I felt when I heard the sad news .i have sooo many great memories of Gerry don’t know where to begin. He was a great man a real good friend and a great mentor always gave me good advice when needed you will be deeply missed Gerry now you are at peace RIP Gerry

James Ferguson

June 30, 2019

So many things going through my mind and so many great memories. Still can’t believe this but We have gained another angel to watch over us. Uncle Gerry you have been such a huge inspiration to me and a great God Father.
You have so much to be proud of!!! I love you and already miss you but I know your at peace now and not suffering. Please say hello to Mom for me and Dawn. Love you and couldn’t have shared a birthday with a better person.

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