In Memory

Jerry Bickart

Jerry Bickart

Note from Jerry's sister, Joan Bickart (Colman), 9/19/2015

  I am Jerry's older sister by 6 years. I graduated from Heights in June of 62. I did not realize that you had a Memory page and came across it several days ago. So many positive comments about my dear brother. Thank you for remembering him with your thoughts and stories. He was a kind soul and had a very giving heart. We were very close. Jerry and I talked a great deal before he passed. We spoke about life and how he felt. Even though he was only twenty he evolved with thoughts and wisdom of someone much older. Many deep conversations. Jerry was mature beyond his years. He was at college when he called to tell me he was not feeling well I told him to go home. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 1970. He passed away in July 1970. I came in from NY to be with him for three weeks. We spent a great deal of time together. He knew he was very sick and realized he would not be with the living. It was the hardest time for me and for him knowing. I am so very grateful for all the friendships he made throughout his short life . He was active in sports and loved football . I live in South Florida and would welcome hearing from anyone who remembers my dear brother . I am on Facebook. Bless his soul. Joan Bickart Colman

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05/03/14 01:44 PM #1    

Douglas Gallagher

Sad to hear he's passed away. I remember him fondly from our football days together at Heights. He was a great guy and fun to be around. Sadly I think he passed away a long long time ago. If anyone has any specific info it would be great if you could pass it on. I heard that he died in Viet Nam but I have no proof of that. Goodbye Jerry. R.I.P. 

05/04/14 02:08 PM #2    

Gary Polster

I knew Jerry from our baseball days in Pony League. No one could get around in time on his fast ball. He was a man among boys. He was an all around great athlete and an even better person. I visited him a couple of times in the hospital. He passed away from leukemia shortly after high school. He passed away in Cleveland, and handled it with incredible dignity.


Gary Polster

05/05/14 11:56 AM #3    

Glenn Gimbut

I knew Jerry from my days at Heights High, but also at Ohio Northern University.  When at ONU we had a class together in freshman history.  One ignorant idiot in class made the comment that he could always tell who was a jew.  I challenged that person as Jerry was sitting quietly.  I asked what religion did he think I was and, pointing across the room, what religion did he think Jerry was.  He stated that I was obviously jewish and Jerry was not.  I then explained my ancestors came over on the Mayflower, fought in the American Revolution, and I was protestant.  Jerry, in his quiet dignified way, stated he was jewish, and his entire family was jewish.  Jerry and I then became a bit closer than we ever were in high school.  I will always remember Jerry as quietly intelligent, polite and dignified.  My condolances to his family.  He will be missed.

05/06/14 11:18 AM #4    

Michal (Michelle) Weinstein

It is so touching that people are commemorating Jerry forty-five years after his untimely death.  I didn't know Jerry well but I do remember what a nice guy he was.  Somehow his memory has stayed with me all these long years. I'd like to offer my condolences to the families and friends of all of our classmates who have passed away. 

05/06/14 02:33 PM #5    

Judith Waxler (Mintz)

Jerry and I were best friends.  We talked on the phone for hours every day.  No one ever really knew he was sick.  The day before he passed we saw each other driving down Meadowbrook.  He motioned for me to stop.  We pulled over and he came over to my car.  Asked how I was and how Alan was.  We chatted for a few, then he said have a great day.  He kissed me on the cheek and walked back to his car.  He was gone the next morning.  I will never forget the encounter and everytime I drive down that spot I think of him.  He was so very strong to deal with such an illness at such a young age. With fondest sympathy to a very dear friend....RIP

05/07/14 12:28 PM #6    

Sam Borsellino

I was at his funeral 

Jerry was buried on  7-15-1970  

Zion Memorial Park Cemetery 

Bedford,  Ohio


05/07/14 05:55 PM #7    

Cindy Udelson (Glazer)

I remember Jerry as a really nice guy. I knew that he passed away a long time ago and I did add the date today when I read Sam's post.

The recent memories and tributes are touching. I'd like to share them with any family he might have. I don't know if he had any siblings, but I know how much it would mean to his family to know people are thinking about him. Please let me know if you know. Thank you.

Cindy Glazer

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