WATERVLIET – Gerald E. “Jerry” Beston, 75, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Troy on August 2, 1945, the son of the late William and Mary Bonesteel Beston.
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Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Watervliet High School. He worked at Leo Pelletier’s Service Station on 19th St. & 4th Ave. for a brief time before serving honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam War before being discharged in 1971.
He was appointed to the Watervliet Police Department in 1971 and served the citizens of Watervliet for over 36 years, becoming the Police Chief in 2003 and retiring as Chief in 2007. He was the epitome of what community policing was all about. For many years, he was a partner on the job with his brother Bob. He was known and loved by every person in Watervliet. His fellow officers respected him and they always knew he had their back. He often could be found working security after hours at bingo at the Watervliet Elks or volunteering every year at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Bazaar. In later years, he volunteered with his brother Bob and crew in the kitchen at many fundraisers in the city.
Following his retirement, Jerry began working for over 10 years at the Parker Bros. Memorial in Watervliet as a trusted associate assisting and guiding families through their grief with a warm hug and a friendly smile.
Jerry was also found every morning at 6 am at Acme Radiator in Watervliet making the coffee with his special friends, Dan and Tom Mancino and the gang for the coffee club.
He was a member of the Watervliet PBA and the Watervliet Lodge of Elks. He enjoyed buying and selling cars and trips to Hawaii, Aruba and the Maine Coast. Most of all, he loved his family and his community of Watervliet.
He was the best brother of Eleanor M. (late William) Carbone of Easthampton, MA, Carol A. Beston of Watervliet, Albany Co. Legislator Robert J. (Sandra) Beston of Watervliet and the late Donald and William Beston; loving uncle of Tina M. (Ret.WPD Sgt. Kenneth) Shufelt of Latham, William D. Carbone of Easthampton, MA, Lori H. (Todd) Genito of Latham, and Robert J. (Jennifer) Beston, Jr. of Rotterdam; great uncle of Chelsea, Cayleigh, Emily Anne, Michael, Dhylan, Logan, Ellie, Hunter and Theodore. He was the longtime loving companion of the late Barbara Hennessy and cherished her children, Kathy (George) Mahoney, Jim (Jackie) Hennessy and Rich (Jennifer) Hennessy; Grandpa Jerry of Sara and John Mahoney, Elizabeth Hennessy, Joseph, Jack, Meghan and Ava Hennessy.
The funeral mass will be Friday at 10 am at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2416 7th Avenue, Watervliet. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Thursday from 4-7 pm.
In honor of Jerry’s love for the kids of Watervliet, please consider a donation to the Watervliet Civic Center, PO Box 164, Watervliet, NY 12189.
Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.