Jerry
Jerry DeMarchi
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 8, 1955
  • Date of passing: Feb 8, 2013
Let the memory of Jerry be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jerry DeMarchi, 57, born on October 8, 1955 and passed away suddenly on February 8, 2013. He be will forever be in the hearts of his wife Melissa, his children Natalie, Benjamin, Jason and Justin along with a fortune of friends.   In lieu of flowers and food, the family has set up a scholarship in Jerry's honor called Giving Back. To donate in Jerry's memory please make checks payable to Fairmont Heights HS C/O Board of Education (Jerry's High School).  You can send your check to Giving Back/Jerry DeMarchi: P.O. Box 10346; Silver Spring, Maryland 20914. This scholarship will be for a deserving student that shows exceptional community service just like Jerry.  Jerry's family will decide which students will receive the scholarship. Please contribute to his memory to carry on!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 14th March 2016

"Pi Day 2016. Remember to lift a slice in honor of Jerry today."

This tribute was added by Dave Horn on 26th February 2016

"I lost touch with Jerry shortly after he left MCPS, I am really saddened to hear of his death.  Jerry was a GREAT guy!  I distinctly remember him helping me haul carloads of kids to Sugarloaf Mountain so they could "climb a mountain" for the first time ever!   Just a fantastic person  who ALWAYS had a smile on his face!"

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 8th February 2016

"While not with us physically, Jerry is as present in our lives today as he ever was. We continue to be blessed to have been a part of his journey and look forward to continuing it with Melissa, Benj, Natalie, Justin, and Jason. He is alive and well within them."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th February 2016

"Loved his smile! A very special man who I feel lucky to have known. Thinking of you today and always Jerry."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 8th October 2015

"I'm sure we would be throwing a big party to celebrate Jerry's 60th. He would not want presents. He would just want everyone to have a good time. So in his honor today have some fun, hug someone you love, solve a math problem, eat a pancake, eat some Pi, and wash it down with an "adult beverage". Still miss you my friend."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th October 2015

"Thinking of you today"

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 5th April 2015

"Opening day. Another special day for Jerry. I hope he's smiling down upon his Nationals; although maybe the Cubs could use his help. Then again the Sox could use his help as well... or whomever... he always loved this day. Wherever the ump is yelling "play ball" we know that Jerry is happy."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 14th March 2015

"Here it is, Pi Day. Enjoy a big piece for Jerry. Also pause to remember our great friend, who we miss every day."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 3rd March 2015

"Pitchers & Catchers, Pi Day, National Pancake Day. Spring must be coming as all of Jerry's favorite days are coming to pass. Everyone enjoy a stack with melted butter today in honor of Jerry."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 3rd March 2015

"Thinking of you today Jerry, Happy National Pancake Day!"

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 8th February 2015

"Missing you as much today as I was two years ago. You are still in our hearts...always will be."

This tribute was added by Dan Gohl on 8th February 2015

"Jerry, Thank you.  

BTW,  you are missed."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th February 2015

"i look at his picture and smile. You are forever in our hearts Jerry!"

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 25th January 2015

"Driving home from work the other day, I was sitting behind a very cool looking car...couldn't read the make...I pulled up as close as I could without hitting it....Tesla...not very common...Jerry's dream car...you are never far from our thoughts:)"

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th October 2014

"Thinking of you today:)"

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 8th October 2014

"Happy Birthday Jerry. You are missed everyday, but we also know that you are still keeping an eye on us."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 14th March 2014

"Other than Opening Day, Pi Day is Jerry's favorite holiday. The students of San Miguel School of Providence celebrated in grand style today in memory of Jerry. I hope all who love Jerry enjoyed a slice in his honor."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 4th March 2014

"Happy National Pancake Day!"

This tribute was added by colleen slear on 10th February 2014

"Some family and friends were together with Melissa, Jason, Natalie and Benj this weekend to make pizza, laugh, cry, toast Jerry, and enjoy pie or Pi for dessert...Couldn't flip the crust like Jerry, but the company and the food would have made him smile I think.  

Thank you Melissa and all for letting us be a part of this remembrance of our dear friend."

This tribute was added by Dan and Kim Hartinger on 8th February 2014

"Just as fallen leaves enrich the soil they touch, thus promoting growth, so too did Jerry enrich each of the lives he touched, thus helping us to grow to be a better person. We are all blessed to have known Jerry. His loving spirit and zest for life continues to live on within us. :-)"

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th February 2014

"Jerry had the biggest and best smile ever!  He is forever in our thoughts and in our hearts, today and always:)"

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 7th February 2014

"Tomorrow will mark one year since Jerry left us physically. He has never left us emotionally or spiritually. As you go about your day, try to incorporate something Jerry would have done: laughed, hugged, helped, cared  taught, inspired, loved. Since he is not here, it is up to us to carry on his mission.

He would also remind us that pitchers and catchers report in less than a week.

Be well everyone."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 31st October 2013

"The Red Sox win the World Series. I'm sure Jerry was watching with a cold "adult beverage" in hand. Fenway Park was one of his favorite places. I would like to believe he had something to do with the miracle witnessed last evening. Check out the photo with Melissa, Natalie & Benj at Fenway."

This tribute was added by Dan and Kim Hartinger on 8th October 2013

"In honor of your birthday, we are celebrating you with a special Corona toast tonight! :-)"

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 8th October 2013

"Jerry is never far from from our thoughts, especially today:)"

This tribute was added by Tuan Nguyen on 8th October 2013

"Happy Birthday"

This tribute was added by Leonardo Santana on 16th March 2013

"I went to Mckinley Tech,as a student, for two years. Throughout those years, I met Mr.Demarchi. An amazing man, with an amazing smile who always put the importance of our education first. Very "cool", laid back individual. Personally, I didn't know him very well, but it saddens me to know of his passing. I am a spiritual beings, as is he, and I know Mr.Demarchi is in a better place."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 15th March 2013

"We hope everyone celebrated Pi Day, March 14, as Jerry would have. We had strawberry-rhubarb."

This tribute was added by Ray Perez on 25th February 2013

"Jerry hired me at McKinley Tech and constantly looked out for me.  He was the kind of person that I could always rely on and who would be genuinely supportive and happy for me when things were going well.  I wish that I had more time to spend with him and will miss him.  I will keep Melissa and the kids in my prayers.  God bless you all!"

This tribute was added by Theodora Klayman on 22nd February 2013

"Dear Melissa,
I have been thinking about you and the children very much, and I want you to know that I am ready to talk and help in any way I can--just let me know. Love you all, Dora"

This tribute was added by Edwina Jaramillo on 20th February 2013

"Melissa,
My deepest sympathy for your loss.  May you find peace and solace soon.  You will be in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Sarah Merkle on 19th February 2013

"We were so sad to hear about Jerry. Our hearts go out to you, Melissa, Natalie, and Benjamin. May all your wonderful memories of time spent with Jerry help you get through this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Leo McDonald on 18th February 2013

"Melissa,

I am so sorry that I was not able to attend Jerry's funeral.  We had some pretty good trips out West together.  He was always willing to go the extra mile for the kids.  They will surely miss him."

This tribute was added by Sayandro Versteylen on 17th February 2013

"Hello Melissa,
There are no words that can help ease the pain, but remember that all your friends are with you in this moment. And always. Jerry will live forever in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched."

This tribute was added by John Davis on 17th February 2013

"Jerry was the first person I met in DCPS.  In June of 2007 I was told to go to McKinley and assist with the first day of summer school.  At 7am, he was the person that met me at the door.  His character, perseverance and unyielding focus on whats best for students is what I will remember most.  I'm a better educator because of the time spent working with him."

This tribute was added by Lynn Kessler on 16th February 2013

"Dearest Melissa, Natalie, and Benjamin,
My deepest sympathies to you all. I am so sad that your family must endure this terrible sorrow and so wish it could have been otherwise. It is clear that Jerry was a very special person and has left a wonderful legacy. We must all do good things in his honor."

This tribute was added by Julia Alcaine on 16th February 2013

"Dear Melissa,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I remember meeting Jerry at Maribeth and Hector's house - a truly charming man."

This tribute was added by Laurie MacDonald on 16th February 2013

"If we all took just one lesson from Jerry's play book, this world would be a better place. God speed Jerry, we love you and count ourselves blessed and lucky to have had you in our lives!"

This tribute was added by Merita Carter on 14th February 2013

""Jerry was a kind man; he was patience and thoughtful but a fierce advocate for children. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mark Arnold on 14th February 2013

"Melissa,  We were shocked and saddened to hear the news about Jerry.  Our thoughts are with you and your children and we welcome the opportunity to contribute in Jerry's memory."

This tribute was added by Ashley Harris on 14th February 2013

""The purpose of life is to live with a purpose" Mr. DeMarchi you did just that.He has touched so many lives and we thank you for showing the students at McKinley Tech your hard-work, dedication, love and support for others. To the Family; Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Mr. DeMarchi you will truely be missed!!!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Gruber on 14th February 2013

"I met Jerry last year when he offered to coach Natalie & Benjamin's baseball team, and was immediately drawn to his warmth and enthusiasm.  He got such a kick out of telling me how excited Natalie was to get her "baseball costume."  My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Brianetta Norris on 14th February 2013

"Thank you Mr.DeMarchi for your time, dedication and commitment to us students of McKinley Tech. Your presence and warm heart will always be felt within us all. We will miss you and we will not forget the mark you have left and the road of success you paved for us!"

This tribute was added by Rachael Stevens on 13th February 2013

"Mr. DeMarchi was one of the many great leaders at McKinley Tech. His smile, kindness and sense of humor will forever be remembered.

I hope to be a blessing to others as he was and will always continue to be."

This tribute was added by Dan Gohl on 13th February 2013

"Jerry was a high quality educator, a good friend, and a dedicated parent. He was an important contributor to the creation of the McKinley community.

I will always hope to contribute as Jerry did in his life."

This tribute was added by Saudeia Martin on 13th February 2013

"I did not know Jerry well but what stood out to me was his smile.  He was a loving and dedicated father who was always there at Westover events with family.  Our heart and prayers are extended to your family.  May these precious memories last a lifetime.  The Martin Family."

This tribute was added by Ian MacDonald on 13th February 2013

"Beloved by his students, family, friends and acquaintances, Jerry will live on in our hearts until the last of us have gone on to join him."

This tribute was added by Zac Morford on 12th February 2013

"In my work with Jerry, I felt Jerry's strength, his kindness, his honesty, his enthusiasm, and his ability to move people.  He made me want to spend time with him, to learn from him, to be better because of our interactions."

This tribute was added by Robert Capuano on 11th February 2013

"Tom & I will always remember Jerry's warm smile and genuine enthusiasm for life.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Elaine Hammond on 11th February 2013

"Jerry could always make me smile.  I remember one day when I was struggling with my kids at the pool and I asked him how it was for him this second time around.  He told me that he was so lucky to have found a great partner in Melissa, and how much he loved his older boys, and he was fortunate to have a second opportunity to raise Natalie and Benj.  That inspired me.  Jerry will be missed."

This tribute was added by Molly Scherf on 11th February 2013

"Jerry was such a bright light in the Sherwood Forest community.  Whenever our paths crossed, Jerry always had smiles and friendly words.  Our family was touched by him and fortunate to have known him.  His time here was way too short."

This tribute was added by bindu mathew on 11th February 2013

"I always looked forward to a chat with Jerry, because I knew I would walk away with a smile. Jerry was one of the kindest people we have ever known. We will miss the joy he spread so wonderfully with that smile. What a fun baseball coach he was for Adam! We are grateful to have had our lives touched by his light. Our hearts go out to Melissa and the kids. -the mathew family"

This tribute was added by Eliza Hughes on 11th February 2013

"Whether in the halls of Westover, a kid's baseball game or neighborhood gathering, Jerry always shared that wonderful smile and kind words with me and everyone around him. I count myself as one of the lucky ones who crossed his path and will always remember that beautiful spirit of his."

This tribute was added by Ted MacDonald on 11th February 2013

"I can think of a no more fitting tribute to a man that I am honored to call my friend. We are all blessed to have Jerry as a part of our lives forever."

This tribute was added by Tracy McKenna on 11th February 2013

"To honor Jerry and his memory, Melissa his wife has decided to set up a scholarship called Giving Back.  This scholarship will be for a deserving student that demonstrates exceptional community service to improve the world around them - just as Jerry always did.  We will update the site with information on how to donate in lieu of flowers or food."


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