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Gerald S. Savitz, Jr.

July 5, 1941 February 13, 2019
Gerald S. Savitz, Jr.
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LEWISTON - Gerald Samuel Savitz, Jr., age 77, of Andover, ME passed away peacefully in the ICU of Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME, on February 13, 2019, after a fierce battle against COPD coupled with aspects of long standing cardiovascular disease. "Gerry" was born in Bristol, VA to Gerald S and Helen Sue (Whitaker) Savitz and raised in NJ. As a National Honor Society graduate of Middletown Township HS, he pursued further education, first at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, completing his bachelor of science degree majoring in biology minoring in chemistry at Monmouth College, W Long Branch, NJ.
After a stint as a biological technician with the US Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Sport Fisheries & Wildlife, Gerry made a career with the 17,000-acred plus Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County, NJ. There he worked as a principal park naturalist doing outdoor education/environmental interpretation, until becoming the system's first executive director of Friends of the Monmouth County Park System, Inc. (the fund raising arm of the organization).
Always civic minded he contributed to his post-retirement adopted community of Andover. He served on the Olde Home Day Committee, one year contributing the theme name of "Andover - Natures Playground." Years back he hosted Master Gardeners from surrounding towns to judge Andover's yearly garden contest. He also took a turn at serving as a town selectman.
Boating, salt water fishing, kayaking, maintaining his pool, target shooting, listening to classical piano music, and touring in his MGB delighted him. Known for his sense of humor, it was said that he never forgot a good joke.
He married Andrea Bretz Savitz on October 25, 1969. He is predeceased by his parents and his only sibling, a younger brother Donald. His loss is felt by his cousins, his large in-law family (including his brother-in-law Dr. Philip J. Bretz and his wife Veronica of Peru, ME; his sister-in-law Janice E. Bruce of Long Branch, NJ; and nieces and nephews) and many friends who have experienced his good humor, generosity and kindness.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com
Visitation hours at Meader & Son Funeral Home 3 Franklin St Rumford, ME will take place Friday February 22, 2019 2-4PM & 6-8PM. Funeral services will be held 1PM Saturday February 23, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Andover, 23 Elm St, Andover, ME 04216. A reception will follow. For those who would like to contribute, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Andover Service Circle, 187 E Andover Rd, E Andover, ME 04226.


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Visitation

Friday

22

Feb

2:00 PM 2/22/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 2/22/2019 4:00:00 PM
Meader & Son Funeral Home

3 Franklin Street
Rumford, Maine

Meader & Son Funeral Home
3 Franklin Street Rumford Maine
United States

Visitation

Friday

22

Feb

6:00 PM 2/22/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/22/2019 8:00:00 PM
Meader & Son Funeral Home

3 Franklin Street
Rumford, Maine

Meader & Son Funeral Home
3 Franklin Street Rumford Maine
United States

Service

Saturday

23

Feb

1:00 PM 2/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Andover Congregational Church

Andover, Maine

Andover Congregational Church
Andover Maine
United States

Memorial Contribution

Andover Service Circle

187 East Andover Road East Andover, ME 04226
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