, Salem, MA

March 21, 2014

Gerald Alan Clay, 77

Marblehead — Gerald Alan “Jerry” Clay died on March 18, 2014, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA after a short illness. Born on August 24, 1936, in the old Mary Alley Hospital in Marblehead to Jack G. Clay and Gladys (Graves) Clay, he attended Marblehead schools, graduating from Marblehead High School in 1954, where he played varsity basketball.

He spent a year at Lawrence Academy in Groton before matriculating at Tufts University, where he was a member of Zeta Psi and graduated with a degree in physics in 1960.

After graduation, he spent three years working in research for Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA. He worked at semiconductor manufacturer GCA Corporation in Burlington, MA for 17 years, finishing as Director of Manufacturing. He went on to work at Optical Micro Systems in Danvers, MA for another 17 years, as Director of Manufacturing and Director of Quality Assurance. He finished his career after 18 years at Exergen Corporation in Watertown, MA, as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden, and he served his town for nine years as an elected member of the Recreation and Park Commission. He was a founding member of the Marblehead Youth Soccer Association, and a longtime corporator of the Marblehead Savings Bank.

He loved woodworking and metalworking, and in his semi-retirement, enjoyed traveling throughout New England with his family.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 49 years, Nancy (Bowman); his son, Stephen and daughter-in-law, Kristen; his grandsons, Timothy and Ryan; and his daughter, Patty.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm St., Marblehead, on Friday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead, on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Please visit the online guest book for Jerry at