Gerald F. Slade Sr., 84, Store Manager and Building Inspector | Featured Obituaries

SLADE, Gerald

February 11, 1937 – February 1, 2022

Gerald F. “Jerry” Slade Sr., of Elma, a store manager and building inspector, died Feb. 1 at Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Born in Buffalo, the third of four children, he grew up in Elma, doing farm work as a child and attending a two-room elementary school that became Elma’s town hall.

At East Aurora High School, where he graduated in 1954, he served as president of the Future Farmers of America. His wife, former Marlene A. Holmes, who dated him in high school, said he had to take a Greyhound bus to school until he got a job at the East Aurora Advertiser newspaper. and buy a car.

Mr. Slade attended Alfred State Agricultural and Technical College, now Alfred State College, then worked in construction and was an auto parts store manager in East Aurora for 20 years.

He and his high school sweetheart reunited in the 1980s after raising families and married in 1989. She was a landlord and broker at Metro Crown Realty and he decided to train to do home inspections.

Mr. Slade started Home Inspections of Western New York in 1989 and performed structural and mechanical audits, as well as radon and carbon monoxide testing, until his retirement in 2012.

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