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08/11/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Jerry Schweida

Gerald Joseph Schweida
(1943 - 08 Aug 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1962

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today.  Jerry Schweida, Class of 1962, Co-Captain of the Football Team, passed away unexpectedly in Nags Head, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at the age of 75. 

   Brother of Margaret Schweida West ('56) of VA and Jane Schweida Martin ('69) of VA, and of the late Bob Schweida ('54) and John Schweida ('67), he was the ex-husband of Pat Merilic Duncan ('62) of VA.

From the Outer Banks (NC) Voice - 08/11/18:

From the Daily Press - 08/12/18:

    Gerald Joseph Schweida


    NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA - Gerald Joseph Schweida, or “Jerry” as most knew him, of Kill Devil Hills passed away unexpectedly August 8, 2018 in Nags Head. He was 75.

Born in Groton, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Charles and Margaret Schweida and the brother of the late Robert Schweida and John Schweida.

Recently, Jerry was also predeceased by his future daughter- in- law, Kim Bartus.

Jerry was raised in Newport News, VA where he graduated from Newport News High School, ran track and was the Co-Captain of the football team. He worked at the Newport News Shipyard, retiring after over 40 years of employment. Jerry resided in the Outer Banks since 2004 and he loved the beach lifestyle. Besides his loving family, Jerry will be sorely missed by his Avalon Pier friends.
Jerry Schweida
  Surviving Jerry are his son, Rob Schweida of Kill Devil Hills; his granddaughters, Hope Schweida also of Kill Devil Hills and Jessica Ford of Yorktown, VA; his two sisters, Margaret A. West (James) and Jane V. Martin (Robert) all of Williamsburg, VA; several nieces, and nephews and his former wife, Patricia Duncan of Carrollton, VA.

The memorial service will be held at the Gallop Funeral Services Nags Head Chapel at 12 noon Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The Reverend David Morris will officiate.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Outer Banks (NC) Voice on August 11, 2018
Published in the Daily Press on August 1
2, 2018.
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August 12, 2018 

Remembering your great love story today and always.

~ Vivian Starnes and Orville Calhoun, Yorktown, Virginia

August 12, 2018 

So sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. We attended Newport News High School together and I cheered for him and the Typhoons through many football games. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. Be strong in your faith and keep the memories alive!

~ Vivian Starnes Calhoun, Newport News, Virginia

August 12, 2018   

So sorry to hear this news.. great memories of being at
Newport News High School together.. prayers for the family during this time... Dianne (Adams) Puckette

August 12, 2018 

Jerry and I were good friends, as I was his older brother's (Bob) best friend during our high school years. Jerry had a great sense of humor and was nearly always smiling as we bantered back and forth in a humorous way. We spent many a day on the beach near Stuart Gardens with Bob and the rest of the East End gang. He will be truly missed by all who knew Jerry. Fair winds and following seas to you, my friend.

~ Jack Nelson, Vienna, Virginia

August 12, 2018  


August 14, 2018    

Rest easy, Uncle Jerry!

August 14, 2018  

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

Jerry and I were best friends from the time we met at about five or six years old. I still remember the day we got to know each other. He had tagged along with his big brother, Bob, who had walked to our house to visit my big brother, Jack. Jerry and I sat on the ground under the bay window of my parents bedroom, like a hideaway, and that's when we discovered we were born on the same day. We were very close friends from that day all through Newport News High School days, and I always regretted that we drifted apart a few years after graduation. We did get together a couple of years ago for lunch at Awful Arthur's and reminisced old times. I was sorry to hear of his passing and our thoughts are with his family.

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Jerry's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:


 From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 08/13/18 (but only just discovered on 08/19/18) - "Re: Jerry Schweida":

My brother Lloyd ('61 - of VA) emailed me of Jerry's death yesterday. He was a friend of Lloyd's and I always liked him. I used to play sandlot football with Lloyd and Jerry before we were in high school. I was a underweight, scrawny little kid. But I liked to play football. I would try with all my might to tackle Jerry. And, as I remember, I actually did rarely. Perhaps he was being kind. I remember being sent through the air trying to tackle him. I was lucky he didn't kill me.

The last time I saw Jerry was at the 1996 NNHS reunion event in Saunders Stadium. I went to shake his hand. But I am not sure he knew who I was.

Doug Nelson

   Thank you so much for this remembrance, Doug! I'm sorry I missed it before...


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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