Jerry Alan Pett, age 57, of Waterford, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Born in Erie on January 17, 1953, he was a son of the late Albert G. Pett Sr. and Myrtle Adams Pett.

Jerry was a stubborn, unique man who had many friends and many talents. He was the guy you knew who could fix anything and everything, and was very opinionated about those jobs. Jerry never missed work, no matter what, and was proud of the job he did. It didn’t matter if it was working the scrap yard, working at the Waterford Hotel, the Fort LeBoeuf School District or the American Legion Post 285. He truly took great pride in making things look good and work well. He would explain in detail how to correctly mow grass, trim trees, paint or maintain the John Deere. Whenever anything came up that he couldn’t control, his famous reply was “It Don’t Matter”.

He lived a simple life of work and home. His one great love was his 1968 Barracuda. He had completed many restorations on the car and was preparing to get the car back on the road this year. He did the work himself and would not settle for anything less than perfect.

Jerry cared deeply for his family and friends and hid it behind a gruff exterior. Yet he would give you the shirt off his back, a helping hand, or more advice than you ever needed. He was deeply loved by many and will be missed.

Jerry was one of six children. He was preceded in death by his brother Albert G. Pett Jr. and is survived by three sisters and a brother: Marjorie A. Williams (Austin Renfro) of McKean, Diane L. Barber (Charles E.) of Waterford, Beverlie J. Brocious (Robert W.) of Erie, and Jeffery T. Pett (Rabecca Spencer) of Waterford. He is further survived by his nieces and nephews, Michelle, Chris, Debbie, Brian, Traci, Anna, Kevin, Kobie, and Karter; many great-nieces and nephews, and his dear friends, Laura Breon and family.

A gathering will be held at the American Legion Post 285, West 4th Street, Waterford on Monday from 5-9pm. A private burial will take place at Waterford Cemetery. Please make memorial donations to the American Legion Post 285.