Roland Place

Roland M Place Jr.

Sunday, July 27th, 1941 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Roland ‘Jerry’ Place, 78, died June 1, 2020.
Jerry was born on July 27, 1941 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to parents Roland and Gertrude Place. He graduated from Dartmouth High School in 1959 and then went on to study at Southeastern Mass Technical Institute where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1963. Jerry went on to have a long and successful career in the Energy Industry working for New Bedford Gas Electric/NSTAR/Eversource for over 35 years.
Anyone that knew Jerry knew his passion for the outdoors. He loved skiing, hiking, kayaking, sailing and tennis. A model railroader, avid reader and a super competitive chess, darts and pool player, he was often the one bringing people together to share time, stories, jokes and cocktails. He loved music. Drum corps (serving as a part of the Whalers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps), Classical, and Phantom of the Opera.
Make no mistake, this unassuming, hardworking and self-made man gave back often. He served as a hospice volunteer for many years, a Big Brother to Josh and an ESL volunteer.
Jerry is survived by his loving partner and wife, Sheila B. Place, his children Deborah Yorke, Sandwich, MA, Richard Place – Pompano Beach, FL, Tammy Souza – Carver, MA, Scott Place – Civiolo, TX, Heather Peters – Glendale, AZ and step children, Marisa Hackett – Pittsford, NY, Maryellen Meleca, Victor, NY, and Maria Meleca, Frisco, TX. He has 11 beautiful grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Jerry is predeceased by his sister, Natalie Ferree daughter Katherine Place and grandson Christopher Place.
The family looks forward to celebrating Jerry’s life when it is safe to gather.
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Chris Hammond & Elaine Brennan

Posted at 08:21am
We both admired Jerry for his continued enjoyment of life and socializing, through some very tough challenges in the past few years. He knew how to listen, when to laugh - even at himself - and (Wow!) how to play pool. Precious memories we’ll always have. Thanks for sharing him with us, Sheila. Chris & Elaine

Eileen Urquhart

Posted at 01:25pm
I am saddened to read about Jerry’s death. I was the volunteer coordinator of VNA hospice when Jerry became a volunteer He was an extraordinary volunteer. If there was a need Jerry was the one I could always count on. My sympathy to all his friends and family. I hope I will know when a celebration of his life can be held. I would like to attend.

Antonia Stephens

Posted at 08:50am
So sad to see this, Sheila! After I saw you and Jerry at the Yarmouth Town Meeting, I was hoping to be able to actually get in touch again. Jerry was truly one of my favourite Marstons Mills patrons and a big tease. Deep peace of the earth to you and the family.

Richard John Place

Posted at 09:42am
Dad,although our time together as a father and son was challenged by life's petty obstacles,I do have limited fond memories of times we did have together,and I appreciate the quality of those occasions.I do only wish We could have got to known each other as men,I really wanted to know more of your up-bringing ,getting your education,and things you went through in life,and for me as well to tell you how much I enjoyed my last engineering trip through Europe in the Eighties...I have missed you for 59 years,and you will be continually missed..Love Rick

Joseph Krantz and Terri Perry

Posted at 12:23pm
Our prayers and condolences go out to Sheila and Jerry’s family and friends. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

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