Gerald A Bushey

Gerald A. (Jerry) Bushey


UTICA, N.Y. — Gerald A. (Jerry) Bushey, 76, of Utica, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011, after a year long battle with cancer with his loving family by his side.

Jerry was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Sept. 13, 1934, the son of Fraser and Ruby (Pratt) Bushey. On July 31, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Church in Mooers, N.Y., Jerry married Irene J. Gonyo, a blessed union of 55 years until her passing away on Nov. 20, 2009. Jerry and Irene moved to the Utica area in 1965. From 1965 to 1973, they ran Latham Trailer Sales on Rt. 5 in Schuyler. In 1973, they established G&I Homes, Inc., which grew from one location to its current five locations. They ran the business until their retirement in 1998. At that time, they sold their business to eight of their children. In 2006, Jerry and Irene were inducted into the New York Housing Hall of Fame. Jerry was a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church, North Utica.

Jerry is survived by his children and their spouses: Patricia (Lawson) Fowble of Worcester, N.Y., Paul Bushey, Ilion, Peter (Lori) Bushey, Robert (Kate) Bushey, David (Laurie) Bushey, Joseph (Doreen) Bushey, all of Utica, Daniel (Rosalie) Bushey of New Hartford, James (Jackie) Bushey of Marcy, Ruby (Jim) Beach and Jerry (Kelly) Bushey of Schuyler, Matthew (Melissa) Bushey of New Hartford, Irene (Jamie) Fazio of Rochester, and Mary (Joseph) Scalise of Schuyler. He is also survived by his brother, Clarence (Esther) Bushey of Plattsburgh; and his two sisters, Leda Bushey of Ilion and Catherine (Charles) Thorne of Manheim, Pa. He also leaves his in-laws, Patricia (Stan) Wood of Plattsburgh, Gerald (Shirley) Gonyo, Harry (Bonnie) Gonyo and Evelyn Gonyo of Mooers, N.Y.; and close friends, Valerie and Curt Mitchell of Florida. Gerald also leaves 38 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Gerald was predeceased by his two granddaughters, Nicole and Kirsten Bushey; his parents, Fraser and Ruby Bushey; his sister, Gladys Bushey; his sister-in-law, Margaret Monette; his brothers-in-law, Charles, Earl and Arnold Gonyo; his in-laws, Peter and Dorothy Gonyo; and his canine companion, Sheba.

Mr. Bushey’s funeral will be held on Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m. from St. Peter’s Church, North Utica. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Utica.

Calling hours for Mr. Bushey will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Road, North Utica.

Those so wishing may make donations to Hope House, Notre Dame High School or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Online messages of sympathy may be made at

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