Brodheadsville, Monroe County -- Loved ones of 53-year-old Jerry Kozic of Saylorsburg gathered Saturday at Kresge Funeral Home in Brodheadsville for his memorial. "It was very much a celebration of Jerry's life. There was some really funny stuff and some, you know, really sad stuff but mostly funny and great music," said Mr. Kozic's friend, Kent Heckman.
Music is how many say Jerry left an indelible mark on people in the Poconos. "I spent a very long time with Jerry in the 80s and in through the 90s and we were very close. We did a lot of projects at my recording studio," said Mr. Heckman. Bernard Schade added, "Marvelous musician. I cannot think of one musician in the Poconos that will be missed more. Not one."
Mr. Schade founded and conducted the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania. Jerry was a charter member of the group who Schade says brought a passion and dedication to music beyond compare. "That was his life. That's what he lived for. He could do anything in music here. Great composer, great performer, great singer. Did it all"
Jerry Kozic's life was cut short August 5th. He was among three victims who died from gunfire while attending a Ross Township Supervisors meeting. Jerry's wife, Linda, survived the shooting. She was only recently released from the hospital in time to attend the memorial and eulogize her husband. "How many people can get up and do that for what she's been through. She's just a pillar of strength," said Mr. Schade.
Jerry's loved ones are now left to carry on with memories that will last them a life time. "Oh, I'm gonna miss him tremendously," said Mr. Heckman. "He just had a great smile, a great personality, a great energy. He was a beautiful guy." Mr. Schade added, "He was the best the Poconos had."
As a professional musician, Jerry Kozic worked with the likes of Ray Charles, The Four Tops and The Monkees. He also performed at the White House in 2004 by invitation for President George W. Bush.