Gerald Storey, 81, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  On Sept. 3, 2022, Our Lord called Gerald (Jerry) home.

Born Jan. 9, 1941, to Burton and Beatrice Storey in Potsdam, NY, he attended Watertown schools and enlisted in the US Navy where he served from 1960-1968.

He married the love of his life, Loretta Anne Antonelli, on June 15, 1963, in Lowville, NY.

Gerald served in the US Navy assigned to the aircrew VP-21 as an Aviation Mechanic then promoted to Aircraft Captain in 1966. He served in several missions to include the Cuban Missile Crisis and Reconnaissance Recovery for the Mercury Faith 7 space program.

Gerald worked for 26 years at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and retired as a hydro maintenance supervisor in 1995.   In his retirement years he worked as a bus driver trainer for Indian River School District, Freeman Bus Corporation and Laidlaw.

Jerry spent much of his free time gardening, working on his home, fishing, traveling, listening to music, barbecuing, and spending time with friends and family.  Jerry had a great sense of humor and was always trying to “get you” even in his later years at Samaritan Summit Village.

He was an avid bird watcher and would raise baby robins that fell from their nest until they could fly on their own. He enjoyed wine making to share with friends and family.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Loretta, a son and daughter-in-law, Allen (Jay) and Lisa, three grandchildren, Aaron Storey (Sandra), Ryan Storey, Michelle Sochia (Matt), four great-grandchildren, a brother. Wayne Storey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Burton and Beatrice, a son Jerry A., three sisters, Dorothy, Eileen and Helen, and a brother Burt.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held in the Sanford Corners Cemetery following the service.

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