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On Feb. 25, 2017, Jay P. Kerley went to be with his Lord and Savior after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jay was born March 3, 1958, to Dorothy Helene Kerley and A. Philip Kerley. He attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was the St. Bonaventure basketball team mascot and cheered the crowd as the Brown Indian. He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame for his efforts. In his senior year he met the love of his life, Corinne Rowe and they married Aug. 9, 1980, in Olean, N.Y. They lived in Canoga Park, Calif., from 1981-1986 where Jay worked for Litton and IBM. He then took his family to Broomfield, Colo., from 1986-1995. He became a State Farm agent in 1995 and worked in Plattsburgh. He has resided in Peru, N.Y., ever since.
When you were a friend of Jay's you were a lifelong friend. He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. Jay was an avid sports fan. He loved the Denver Broncos and Syracuse Orangemen. Road trips with his buddies were one of his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed golf and skiing but he especially loved to be on his boat on Lake Champlain. Jay was always noted to have a cigar in one hand and a beverage in the other. He was a devoted patron of Mickey's and loved being with the "boys." Summer and fall, you would find him on his lawn mower with his Broncos helmet on and a cigar in his hand perfectly manicuring his lawn.
Jay was a member of Rotary and the Lion's club and served as the head of the Finance Committee at the Peru Community Church. He helped organize the annual Poker Run, which donated the proceeds to Toys for Tots and the Christmas Bureau. He was also an active member of the YMCA Board of Directors.
He is survived by his wife Corinne Rowe of 36 years, his son Jason (Jessica) Kerley, his daughter Meghann (James) Ferrell, his grandchildren Jackson and Jordan Kerley, his mother Dorothy Helene Kerley, his sister Sue (Michael) Callan, his in-laws, including Karen (Rick) Fohl, Mimi (John) Peacock, Mark (Joan) Rowe, Glenn (Patricia) Rowe and six nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father A. Philip Kerley in 2015.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Jan Duus, M.D., and the amazing staff of the FitzPatrick Cancer Center who made us all feel like family. Their overwhelming kindness and support were most appreciated. The entire staff on CVPH R-5 unit was amazing and their remarkable care made us feel so supported and loved. We are indebted for their every kindness.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family to celebrate Jay's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Peru Community Church Trustees Committee or to the Champlain Valley Physician Hospital Foundation.
To share a photo, story, or condolence with the family, please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Published on  February 27, 2017
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