Gerald M. Callaghan

April 29, 1937 - February 22, 2021
Gerald M. Callaghan


Gerald “Jerry” Callaghan died on February 22nd 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center due to complications with the COVID-19 virus at the age of 83.

Jerry graduated from The Pennington School in 1955. Following high school he joined the Navy as a Corpsman and remained a proud veteran the rest of his life.

Following his discharge, he went into the family business running the Neon bar on Hanover Street in downtown Trenton. He went on to sell the bar and work for Amtrak until his retirement in 2002.  He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan especially his beloved Eagles, he will rest easy knowing they finally won a Superbowl in 2017. His outgoing personality and bright sense of humor along with his deep compassion warmed the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Proceeded in death by his parents, P. James and Christine Callaghan and his dearly cherished son, James J. Callaghan. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Joanne Callaghan of Wilmington, his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lauren Callaghan of Philadelphia and daughter and son-in-law Mary and Jamaal Cato of Wilmington, his beloved grandson Deron Jamaal “DJ” Cato; his cousin Freda Leyrer of Robbinsville; also several cousins in New Jersey, North Carolina and Ireland. He was blessed with many lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice or K9s for Warriors; they rescue and train shelter dogs to become service dogs to our returning warriors, in Jerry’s name.

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  • September 18, 2022
    Michele Harris says:
    It's been over a year now Uncle Jerry. I think of you often. I so miss you saying "Take good care of yourself, Love You". Words rarely said to me. I hope You, Dad and Mom are up there reminiscing about the Good e Day. Till we meet again. Love ❤️ Michele...

  • February 25, 2021
    Michele Harris lit a candle:
    Lit since February 25, 2021 at 2:56:59 AM

  • February 25, 2021
    Sharon Grim says:
    It was wonderful to talk to another Philly native about our Eagles! Jerry was kind and thoughtful and always a pleasure to be around.

  • February 25, 2021
    Tom Crotty says:
    Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam. (old Irish expression saying " may he be at the right hand of God)

  • February 25, 2021
    Frances Callaghan lit a candle:
    Lit since February 25, 2021 at 2:47:25 PM