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Gerald Michael Alfonso Sr.

January 19, 1939 ~ October 19, 2019 (age 80)


Gerald M. Alfonso Sr., “Jerry” “Jet” age 80, of Salem, passed away October 19th at Backus Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer.  Born in Hartford on January 19, 1939, he was a son of the late Mario and Geraldine (Tasillo) Alfonso.  He graduated from Manchester High School with the class of 1957.  He went on to serve with the US Navy for three years active duty and two more with the Reserves.  Jerry married his beloved wife Diane Pesko in 1963.  The couple settled in Old Lyme where they made their home and raised their family.  Jerry was extremely capable, “a Jack of all trades”.  He could do anything and would help anyone, and he loved to teach others how to do what they needed done.  His work was a labor of love as a ships captain on the MiJoy fishing boat out of Waterford for 17 years. Jerry later worked as an armed security guard, retiring several years ago.  He loved life and it was perfectly evident to his family and friends, who will remember him with love.  In addition to his loving wife, Diane of 56 years, survivors include his sons, Gerald M. Alfonso Jr. of East Lyme and Scott L. Alfonso of New London; a brother, Louis Alfonso and his wife Elizabeth of N. Kingstown, RI; a grandson, Steven Alfonso; a nephew, Timothy Alfonso; and numerous extended family and friends as he never met a stranger.  An informal celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 1 – 4 pm at his home in Salem .  Friends are welcome, dress informal, and bring your favorite story of Jerry to share.  The family requests that donations in his memory be made to Hartford Hospital Home Care, For online condolences, please visit

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