WATERTOWN — Gerald G. DePolo, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2022, with his loving family by his side.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Flavia (Bologna) (Johnston) DePolo. He was predeceased by his first wife of 26 years, Lois (Schilling) DePolo, in 1997.
Jerry was born on February 12, 1939, Waterbury, to the late Americo and Marie (Colella) DePolo. He attended Driggs Elementary School and Crosby High School in Waterbury. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics from Providence College in 1962.
While substitute teaching at Crosby High School, Jerry earned his M.A. degree in education from Fairfield University and later received an administration certification in education.
Jerry taught mathematics at Watertown High School from 1963-1985 and was the Mathematics Department chairman for many years. Loved and respected by his students and colleagues, he was known for his sense of humor and his dedication to the teaching profession. In 1983, Jerry was the first recipient of the Teacher of the Year award for the Watertown School System.
In 1985, Jerry joined the Taft School faculty as a mathematics teacher and department head. At Taft, he was awarded the William and Lee Abramowitz Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991, and was the recipient of the Henry Hillman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics and Science from 1994-1999.
Jerry also spent 17 years teaching night classes in mathematics at Mattatuck Community College. He loved to say, “I spent 40 years of my life teaching teenagers and enjoyed every minute in the classroom.” Many of his students and colleagues became life-long friends.
Retiring in 2002, Jerry pursued his passion for golf. He was a regular on the Crestbrook Golf Course as a member of the Watertown Retirees Men’s League.
In 2004, he married Flavia. Together, they traveled to many countries in Europe, to National Parks in the U.S. and Canada, and on trips with their children, grandchildren and close friends.
Jerry loved spending winters in Jensen Beach, Fla., golfing three times a week with his buddies, playing bocce and entertaining friends and family. He enjoyed playing cribbage and taught his children and grandchildren. Jerry joked that he was vying for the title, “the best cribbage player east of the Mississippi.”
His most cherished times were spent with his grandchildren, watching their sporting events, listening to their stories and enjoying special times together.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Anna Shultz and husband, Christopher, of Portsmouth, N.H.; Elizabeth Ciarleglio and husband, Joseph, of Bethlehem, and Sarah Clemente and husband, Kevin, of Washington; his stepchildren, Kathleen Sileo and husband, Richard, of Thomaston; James Johnston and wife, Christine, of Lynnfield, Mass., and Kristen Bald and husband, Kevin, of Brattleboro, Vt.; his loving grandchildren, Nicholas and Katelyn Shultz, Joseph and Jacob Ciarleglio, Eloise and Colin Clemente, Katelyn and Abigail Johnston, and Maeve and Seamus Bald, and his brother-in-law, Robert Schilling of New Britain.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, July 25, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St., Watertown. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 669 Platt Rd.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lois and Gerald DePolo Memorial Scholarship at the Taft School. Checks may be made out to the Taft School with the scholarship name in the memo and mailed to the Taft School Development Office, 110 Woodbury Rd., Watertown 06795, or donations can be made at www.taftschool.org/giving.
Donations can also be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
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