Gerald Tuttle Obituary (1936-2021) – Williamsburg, VA


Gerald Lee Tuttle (Gerry) of Williamsburg, Virginia, died peacefully with his family on December 19, 2021.

Gerry was born on September 6, 1936 in Acton, Massachusetts and spent the last 21 years in Williamsburg, Virginia, a place where he and his wife Mary Jo Tuttle (previously deceased) fell in love on their many visits while they were in love with their son Jerry he attended the College of William and Mary. College lovers Mary Jo and Gerry celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage.

As a loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a lifelong friend to many. Gerry was very proud of his family’s patriotic ancestry, with his (many great) grandfather serving as the captain of the Acton Minutemen. He held up his love of history all his life and attended many courses under the William & Mary’s Wren program. Gerry was the first in his family to attend college and earn a BBA from the University of Massachusetts. He was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, a membership he eventually shared with his grandson. He then enjoyed a fulfilling career in New York City as a retail buyer and eventually moved to retail manufacturing. He often claimed that he was not a salesman, but his dry sense of humor ultimately made him a very successful “anti-salesman”.

Gerry never encountered a ball sport he didn’t love, and he was a fierce competitor. He excelled in everything from baseball to golf to table tennis. His best day would be on the golf course with kids and / or grandchildren trying to instill a love of the sport in the next generation while he sure does his best to win. He was valued for his generous spirit, which included friends and family on everything from pool parties, holidays, and vacations. Finally, his spirit was present during his days as a guard and youth group leader at St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Elmsford, NY. Above all, we will miss Gerry’s devotion, friendship and loyalty to family and friends very much.

Gerry died of his wife, Mary Jo Tuttle, and son, Jerry Tuttle. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Mark Lunenburg of Branford, CT; his sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Ray Weaving of Hampton, NH; and his brother George Tuttle of Sutton, MA and daughter-in-law and son-in-law Stephanie Tuttle; and Ramsey Walker of San Francisco, CA. He was the proud grandfather and great-grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service in spring, more details will follow. Instead of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Gerald L. Tuttle, Jr. Fellowship Foundation at William & Mary. Please mail your check to the William & Mary Foundation, PO Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187, or post it online at impact.wm.edu/tuttle. Online condolences can be found at www.nelsencares.com.

Published by Daily Press on December 26, 2021.

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