|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1905|
Santa Clara County
|Death: ||Sep. 2, 1979|
Son of Roly Hendricks Dampier & Florence June Shatto
Married: December 5, 1931 to Gina Marie Belli in San Francisco.
1. Florence June: October 5, 1932 - 2006
2. Geraldine Marie: August 15, 1934 - 2003
3. Son living as of 2013
Jerry was the oldest of four siblings and thus clearly "older brother". His sister, Lucille, was not much younger. They dearly loved each other but temperamentally were like two peas in a pod: same facial expressions and set of the mouth. Neither would give in to the other or let the other tell them what to do.
One day as kids, Jerry was squatted down using a hatchet. Lucille came up behind him and peered over his shoulder. He told her to move. She would not. He raised the hatchet anyway and nicked her forehead. She carried a little scar from that encounter for the rest of her life.
Family get togethers were always great fun, particularly as his two girls were just a bit younger than Lucille's two daughters. Jerry and Lucille were like two peas in a pod, and recollections were invariably same story, different narrative.
One they could agree on was when the family lived on a houseboat in Stockton, California. Jerry was fishing off the side. He got a strong bite and started to slip over overboard. Lucille and little brother Burt grabbed him by the legs to save him but were not strong enough to pull him in. Their mother came running yelling to let him go. Lucille and Burt were mightily confused. Couldn't she see that they were saving their older brother? What they didn't realize was that his head was under water. They finally let go but no problem, the water was only a foot or so deep. Thereafter Jerry had to do his fishing down the toilet.
Jerry was a very skilled and successful cabinet maker who operated his own business from a workshop behind the house. He made the cabinets for Lucille's remodeled kitchen in the 1960's.
He loved fishing and duck hunting. He died on his last fishing trip. Reportedly his last words: "What a nice string of fish".
Obit: Unknown newspaper
Gerald H. Dampier
Marysville. -- Services were today for Gerald H. Dampier of Los Altos, who died Sunday of a heart attack while on a fishing trip with his son. He was 73.
Mr. Dampier, a native of San Jose, was semi-retired from his cabinet making business. He had been in this trade most of his life, having started work with his father at an early age.
Surviving are his wife, Jean, whom he married 47 years ago; a son [...] and daughter, Jeri Schruber, also of Los Altos; another daughter, June Dampier of Monterey; a sister, Lucille Michie of Santa Rosa; and six grandchildren.
Internment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose.
Entered by Barry Michie - Nephew
Roly Hendricks Dampier (1884 - 1949)
Florence June Shatto Dampier (1889 - 1918)
Gina Marie Belli Dampier (1912 - 1992)*
Florence June Dampier Perry (1932 - 2006)*
Geraldine Marie Dampier Schuber (1934 - 2003)*
Oak Hill Memorial Park
Santa Clara County
Plot: Block 84, Sequoia Section
Created by: Barry Michie
Record added: Feb 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105626929
Rest In Peace|
Added: Feb. 27, 2013