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Easton-Jerry D’Acchille Jr. (60) beloved husband, father, son, uncle, cousin and friend died suddenly on September 17th, 2023 with family by his side.
Jerry was born on March 25, 1963 in New Brunswick, NJ to Jerry Sr. and Carolina D’Acchille, growing up in an Italian-speaking family, proud of their Italian heritage. His family, together with his paternal Aunt and Uncle’s families, owned and operated a bakery in NJ. When Jerry was 8 years old the three families moved to Hoosick Falls, NY where they built and ran an Italian restaurant, La Saletta. Jerry attended St. Mary’s Academy until 8th grade then graduated from Hoosick Falls Central School in 1981. He was proud of his winning high school football career. Growing up, Jerry worked at La Saletta where he developed a passion and love for cooking. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983 and returned to work at his family restaurant as well as two other local restaurants honing his craft.
He met his wife, Lisa, on September 4, 1984 on a blind date and they got married on March 8, 1986. He started his career with Marriott as a food production manager in WV. He was the face of a new Italian restaurant within the hotel that was advertised in magazines and on a TV commercial. They had their first child Jerry Jacob and soon after transferred with Marriott to Newton, MA working as a chef. Their first daughter, Michaela, was born and shortly thereafter, the family’s next move was to New Britain, CT where he was the opening executive chef at Rocky Hill Marriot. He carved many ice sculptures and even created an award-winning chocolate sculpture. Marriott supported Jerry and his family’s desire to move back to New York with an executive chief position with Sodexo Marriot at RPI. There he organized elaborate dinner parties, banquets, wedding receptions, in addition to managing the food program and even competed in Memphis BBQ competitions. After moving to Easton, NY their family grew with the addition of Linnea, Lucian, and Lucia. Jerry continued his career as executive chef at Skidmore College, while fighting bone cancer. He then worked as the Senior Operations Manager at the Paresky Center at Williams College.
After retiring from Williams College, Jerry never lost his passion for providing for others and teaching his crafts. You would never know the many professional achievements Jerry had as he was most proud of the family he and Lisa built, boasting about all of his children’s accomplishments.
He was the master planner of the vision of the family farm on the hill. Countless projects imagined with Lisa and brought to life as a family, beginning with the expansion of the small house into a bustling home where his kids and grandkids loved playing and a large addition that gave each of his 5 kids their own space and a grand kitchen that was the center of activity. There were many other projects, from building barns to planting over 500 trees, even siding the house on a warm Christmas day! Baptisms, birthdays, graduation parties, and the annual 7-fish dinner (which sometimes was 10+ fishes), were special days in the D’Acchille house. Jerry spent those days with his dearest loved ones making memories around great food and company, taking every opportunity to talk about sports, cars, or the local auction while teaching his family how to cook a 5-star meal with ease. He was a wealth of knowledge that his children relied on, calling him regularly for advice. He loved the yearly tradition of making the D’Acchille family wine with his father, sons, and other family. Jerry had a generous heart and made friends everywhere he went.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Lisa of 37 years, children Jerry Jacob III (Xi), Michaela Durbin (Kevin), Linnea, Lucian (Caroline), and Lucia (Maxwell), and grandchildren who he loved so much Vivian, Vincent, Charlie, Oliver, and Finnegan. He is also survived by his parents Jerry Sr. and Carolina D’Acchille, three sisters: Mary Suleski (Michael), Margaret Maranville (Jon), and Lucia Collarelli (Fabio), his Aunt Margherita (Vito) Mastrandrea, Uncle Vincent (Graziella) D’Acchille and his first cousins who were raised like siblings Michael and Jerome Mastrandrea, Palma Manners, Maria Minbiole, Vincent Jerome, Maria Vito D‘Acchille and Angela Stimac. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023 at New Skete Monastery, 273 New Skete Lane, Cambridge.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at New Skete Monastery with interment to follow in the New Skete Cemetery. Repast will follow at New Skete.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 84, Greenwich, NY 12834 or New Skete Monastery, P.O. Box 128, Cambridge, NY 12816.
Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 84, Greenwich NY 12834
New Skete Monastery
P.O. Box 128, Cambridge NY 12816