Jerry Repard “Jake”

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Jerry (Jake) Repard, 77, of Canandaigua passed away on December 4, 2014. Jake grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Holcomb, NY and is pre-deceased by parents, Edward and Edna (Richmond) Repard; brothers, James (Mary, Julia) and Roger (Celia) and beloved dog, Maggie.

Jake is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 57 years Jean (Gentner) Repard; children Nila (Charles Forbes II), Rhonda Walker, Beth, Jennifer (Patrick Dunne), and Edward Repard; grandchildren Leanne Van Dongen, Todd (Jenn Hargrave) Van Dongen, Adam (Laura) Edwards, Patrick Walker, Timothy Walker, Andrea (Jordan Neidert) Edwards, “grandchildren” James (Ashley) Anderson, Sarah (Jimmy) Coyne, and step-grandchildren Charles (Sarah) Forbes and Grace Forbes; great-grandchildren Amelia Coyne, Colin, Loralai, Lucy, and Brayden Forbes; brother-in-law, David (Jane) Gentner and sister-in-law, Ruth (Craig) Anderson, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jake was an avid sportsman who played and coached basketball, baseball, and softball on area teams. As a 50 year member of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department Jake held many positions such as President, Captain, and First Assistant Chief. Jake was a member of the Finger Lakes Builders Association and volunteered his time to the Ontario County Historical Society with a special interest in the bi-annual County Barn Tour.

He engaged in farming throughout much of his life growing up on a dairy farm and then later operating a vineyard at his home of 50 years south of Cheshire in the Town of Canandaigua. Between 1974 and 2002 Jake served the Town of Canandaigua holding positions including Deputy Highway Superintendent, member of the Planning Board, Building Inspector, and Code Enforcement Officer.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jake’s life at an Open House at the Cheshire Fire Hall One, 4285 Route 21 Cheshire, NY from 1PM to 5PM on Sunday, December 14th. Burial at the Pinebank Cemetery in Cheshire will be at the family’s convenience.

Thank you to the Finger Lakes VNS for their hospice support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ontario County Historical Society (OCHS) 55 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424 or the Canandaigua Comfort Care Home 5160 Parrish Street Extension Canandaigua, NY 14424. Please sign Jake’s online guestbook, at Rochester Arrangements are being handled by Rochester Cremation.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 3592300,


10 Condolences

  1. Ralph and Janet Brandt on December 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The Town of Canandaidua is richer because of his service, Jake’s contributions are greatly appreciated. Jake will be missed.

  2. Nancy Wise on December 7, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Repard family. He was a wonderful person, full of life and full of kindness. I know he will be missed but treasured for the memories and love he gave to his wife, children and grandchildren.

  3. Betty Badger on December 8, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I’m so sorry to here of Jake’s passing. We will all miss his teasing and laughter.

  4. Barb & Jimmy on December 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    So sorry.

    Jimmy & Barb

  5. Wayne & Elaine on December 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I enjoyed his book, especially his comments and views! He will be missed by many.

    Elaine & Wayne

  6. Bernie Pierce on December 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Jean and family:
    I did not know Jake was having many health problem.
    Sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed. See you at his Open House. Love and prayers.

  7. Aleta Woodard on December 9, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I’m so sorry to lose one of my most favorite cousins. He always cheered me up when I needed it most. He just never knew how often that happened, especially at work!

    Jake, if you’re listening, I’ll say this out loud…..I love you, buddy and I’m sure going to miss you! Just so you know, Evelyn doesn’t do computers lately but she can’t stop talking about you. She loves you, too – as does the rest of the family. We will never forget! Hope to see you not too far down the road, if I’m blessed.

  8. Dave Hudson on December 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    To Jake’s Family:

    We will all miss Jake – a great story teller! I have fond memories of Jake at Bloomfield Central – playing well in all sports. I remember as a teenager, being so impressed to see Jake pick up two milk cans and place them on the back of the milk truck, all in one smooth motion.

    My heart-filled sympathy to all –

  9. Ron Baylor on December 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Jake has always been a great friend and my mentor
    when I was young and working on Jim’s farm. We had many good times playing baseball, basketball & softball together. I will truly miss him. He was a great person in my life.

  10. June and Bart Oates on December 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Almost all of my memories from my first years in Cheshire include Jake! I first met him in the late 70’s while working the counter at the old Company Store (Skip’ s Superette location), where he and “the boys” hung out, every morning, drinking coffee and solving the world’s problems! I cherish those days and the way Jake always had a story, but mostly the way he made people feel! His kindness, warmth and mischievous sense of humor made us all smile! I will always think of him with love and laughter, they just don’t make them like that anymore! Peace and love to the entire family, he will be missed.

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