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Gerald J. Bryda, Sr.

May 28, 1946 - December 13, 2017

Gerald J. Bryda, Sr., age 71, of Bear, DE, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Born in Newark, NJ, he was a son of the late Theodore and Margaret Bryda. Gerald resided in Verona, NJ for 24 years before retiring to Bear, DE. He graduated from Bloomfield High School and then Farleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gerald held various engineering positions at Foster Wheeler and Schering Plough Corporation throughout his career. He was an avid photographer and had a love for computers and technology.

Gerald is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Jane Hanley Bryda; beloved children, Jennifer Brennan (Clifford, Jr.) of Roseland, NJ, Gerald J. Bryda, Jr. (Kimberly) of Middletown, DE, and Laurie Bryda (Courtney O’Brien) of Towson, MD; brother, Theodore Bryda, Jr. (Patricia) of Cave Creek, AZ; sister, Joan Gibson of Edison, NJ; twin brother, Richard Bryda of Bloomfield, NJ; and his grandchildren, Gerald J. Bryda III, Katherine Bryda, Jessica Brennan, Lucky O’Brien, Clifford Brennan III, and James Brennan.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE followed by a funeral service at 2 pm. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gerald’s memory may be made to Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713 or to the American Hemochromatosis Society, P.O. Box 950871, Lake Mary, FL 32795.

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12 Condolences for Gerald J. Bryda, Sr.

  • Bryda , to know you was to love you . I enjoyed caring for you and will truly miss you . Love ya . Buddy. It’s not good bye it’s see you later

  • I am so sorry for your loss Bryda family! My thoughts and prayers are with you! XOXOXOX

  • Rest In Peace my friend, we were friends since Oak View, may God hold you in his arms.
    Mary Reynolds Quinby

  • I remember Gerry from school nice Gentile person. I’m sorry to here of your loss. RIP Gerry your classment Ed.. from what I could see he accomplished a lot Who thought when in HS a person could accomplish that much .Im glad I had the opportunity to cross his path Thanks Ed

  • Both Millie and I want to send our love and prayers to the Bryda family. We hold you in our hearts during this difficult time.

  • Love and hugs to you and your family Jennifer. I hope each day gets just a little bit easier. XXOO

  • Very sorry for your loss, Jennifer. My condolences and thoughts go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Bryda Family, we are so sorry to hear about “Big Jerry’s” passing. Our love to the whole family and our condolences to you all in your time of mourning. Sincerely, the Valente Family – Tom Sr., Linda, Tom Jr., Vincenza, Steven and Jessica

  • So sorry for your loss. Fellow classmate. Rest In Peace

  • I was so sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. I remember the good times that we all had together after the kid’s games in Verona and Jerry’s wit. Jane, you are in my prayers. Rest in peace, Jerry.

  • I was shocked to hear of Gerry’s passing. We hung out together in high school and a little after graduation. I had hoped to reconnect at the 50th reunion but it was not to be. Richie did pass along Gerry’s regards to me that night. Many good times with Gerry my most memorable was when we accidently blew up an experiment in physics class thank heavens no one was hurt. He was well loved by his classmates as we all have fond memories of him.

  • Bryda Family, we are very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you all during this difficult time.