Passed suddenly due to a stroke at Stratford General Hospital on February 13, 2021 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Phyllis (Merkley) Mathers for 60 years. Cherished father of Debbie and Kevin Paff, Cindy Wushke and Richard Neevel, and Randy Mathers. Adored “Gramps” of Amanda Paff and Brad Kremer, Christine and Nate Spivey; Brooke and Brett Steeper, Stacey Wushke and Ryan Gillis, and Jayden Wushke and Julia Malthaner. Great-grandpa to Hunter; Ella, Tucker; Ayla, Carson, and Riley. Brother-in-law of Shirley Buragina and Carole Mathers. Special Uncle of Steve Mathers, Jeff Mathers, Dani Buragina, and Julia Korsh. Predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Edith Mathers, parents-in-law Percy and Hattie Merkley, brother Dennis Mathers and brother-in-law Frank Buragina. Jerry will be fondly remembered by his best friend Norm Eckel.
Jerry “The Beaver” was best known for his daily walks down Main Street Exeter and operating his business Jerry Mathers Typewriters for 34 years. He took pride in taking Exeter residents for trail rides on the South Huron Trail Mobile. He had a love for Elvis Presley, Diet Coke and putting black pepper on everything. Everyone will miss his bright smile, positive attitude, and gentle loving personality. He was his happiest when surrounded by his family and was proud of all of them.
Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220).
Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated by the family.