Re: [Chrysler300] Jerry Kocur
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Re: [Chrysler300] Jerry Kocur

I grew up around the block from Jerry.  He lived across the street from our high school, and in my younger days, I knew him as the guy with the St. Bernard dogs.  Jerry knew my father and watched my dad’s 61 Chrysler Windsor slowly decay while parked in my dad’s driveway.  The car had been my dad’s pride and joy and he just couldn’t part with it, literally, as guys would stop by and try to buy parts off the car.  The car sat from ’78 till ’98, when my mom died.  I asked him if I could bring the car to ME and try to restore it.  It was the first time that he ever handed me the keys to the car.  I had the car brought from MA to ME on a flatbed and proceeded to get it restored.  The first time that I met up with Jerry was at the 300 club meet at Owl’s Head.  i told him that I intended to bring my dad’s car back to life.  The second time that I met up with Jerry was at the 300 club meet at Boothbay when we really had a great conversation and reminisced about Douglas, family and my dad’s car.  I let him know that it was slowly getting there.  When the Windsor was finally road worthy, we drove it to Douglas to show my dad who got very emotional seeing his baby back and running.  We then drove the car over to show Jerry.  He was happy to see it on the road and impressed with the way it looked.  Jerry helped us locate parts, gave us a speedometer assembly and a backup radio.  Jerry also took my dad’s original radio up to John Grady in Harvard to get it to work again.  Jerry said he didn’t mind taking the radio up to John since he was due for a trip to the orchard for some peaches, and if anyone could fix the radio, it would be John.  The original radio works great along with an FM converter that we found on eBay.  
Jerry was a great guy, very knowledgable and so easy to get along with.  He will be really missed.  
Jan and Linda

On Aug 24, 2017, at 6:56 PM, Keith Simons ksimons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have worked for and with John Grady. Up until about 15 years ago at his home shop in Harvard MA. Every year Jerry would drive to Harvard and stop at Westward Orchard to buy his peaches . He always said they are the best, not a short drive. Always drove his 300. The shop was only a haft mile up the road so for the most part he would stop by once or twice a year. Always had great conversations with him about 300's and always wanted to. See what we were working on. He will be missed..

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 6:24 PM Martha Kreszock kreszocmh@xxxxxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Well said, Jamie. Jerry was such a great guy; always good conversations
and as you, we have photos of his yard, his dog, his beautiful plants -
that he would share with us after conversations at the meets.
Here's a photo that I hope will come through as an attachment; it was the
last time Mick and I saw Jerry; we were leaving Don and Pat Cole's Mystic
CT Meet on Sunday morning. Love the memory of all of his travels in his
treasured 300.

Missing him already,

Martha Kreszock
North Carolina

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:53 PM, Jamie Hyde jamie.hyde@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> As many of you have may have heard we have lost one of the legends of our
> club earlier this month. Jerry Kocur with his Royal Ruby convertible K
> was a staple at our meets for years. He has the distinction of having
> driven his convertible K, a car that he ordered and bought new, to well

> over 570,000 miles, many of those were put on the K heading to our meets ...

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Posted by: Janice Makowski <jmakows1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

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