Jerome Hearne Walther, age 56, died peacefully at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, PA on March 26, surrounded by family after a brave and valiant fight against brain cancer. Born November 19, 1963 in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of Jo Ann Hearne Walther (Newtown) and the late John Henry Walther and brother to Hank of Valley Village, CA and Josh of New Orleans, LA. Raised in New Jersey, he attended the Hun School in Princeton and graduated from the St George’s School in Middletown, RI. In 1986, Jerry graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History, playing soccer and rugby for the school. After graduation, he began a career in finance in New York working for Bear Stearns before moving to Bucks County, PA where he worked for Church Capital Management. Most recently he was a Senior VP at Brick & Kyle Associates in Newtown. In 1993, he married the love of his life, Jennifer Webber, and together they raised three beautiful children, Kaethe, Hardy and Emily. He treasured the many years he watched them on the ice or on the field playing hockey or lacrosse. No game was too far to travel to and together they logged in many miles to see them compete and cheer them on. His greatest joy was to spend time with his loving wife witnessing the wonderful, hardworking, and caring young adults they had become.
Jerry was a man of many interests. Spending his youth and then enjoying his children at the Trenton Country Club, watching movies with family, and shooting with friends at the Philadelphia or Black Rock Gun Clubs were some of his favorite pastimes as well as playing rugby for Princeton Athletic Club in his younger years. Through these clubs he made enduring friendships. He gave his time and support as a board member to Mercer Street Friends, Brown and Perkins and the Lawrence Flames Hockey Club. He coached youth hockey for the Lawrence Flames and Princeton Tigerlilies. He not only met and made lifelong friends at the rink, he inspired and mentored young players who went on to play in college.
When not participating in sports, he was an unabashed New York Rangers and New York Giants fan. At home he was the consummate host, and he made all in his company feel they were the most important guest at the party, showering them with attention, slinging an arm around their shoulders, enjoying good wine and serving up an evening filled with his mischievous brand of humor. A true grill master, Jerry only thought steak should be served very rare for his front porch gatherings or holiday dinners. A perfect evening was spent outside with his family, dogs, and friends by the fire pit; a perfect day was cruising up the Delaware River in his Defender listening to Dave Matthews, his favorite band; a perfect summer vacation was on Martha’s Vineyard with his best friend Trip and his family. Most of all, Jerry enjoyed being a loving husband and father, a devoted son, brother and uncle, and a faithful friend.
He will be forever missed by his family including stepmother Pamela Walther of Leawood, KS, 17 nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and his in-laws, Ross and Mary Lou Webber. A memorial service is being planned by the family for a later date. In memory of Jerry, please consider donating to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA where Jerry received such wonderful care or the Special Forces Charitable Trust, an organization that Jerry held close to his heart.
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Dana Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215
Special Forces Charitable Trust
P.O. Box 53, Essex CT 06426