Jerry was born on September 8, 1936, in Dorchester, MA; he was the cherished son of the late James and Margaret (Woods) Mace. Jerry was raised and educated in Woburn, MA and a graduate of Woburn High School.
Jerry enlisted in the United State Air Force on September 8, 1955, in Boston, MA. He was stationed at the Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado and was trained as a weapons mechanic. Jerry proudly served the Country for four years and was honorably discharged from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on April 24, 1959; returning home to his family in Woburn.
Jerry married “the love of his life” Maureen Hayes on May 14, 1961 and the couple settled in Woburn for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised five wonderful children. Family was everything to Jerry; they had so many great times together over the years. Jerry was a wonderful husband, devoted “dad” and a loving grandfather.
Jerry worked hard to provide for his family, he was an excellent truck driver, and was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Boston; he retired following 30 years on the road.
In his spare time Jerry enjoyed golfing, tinkering with cars, going to car shows, and of course washing his truck daily. He was an avid gardener who was always working around the yard. Jerry loved to travel anywhere with family and friends; Las Vegas, Alaska, or across the country for months at a time, everyone always had a great time when they were with Jerry.
Jerry will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who would do anything for anyone, he was a wonderful family man, a good neighbor, and a true friend. Jerry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jerry was the beloved husband of Maureen J. (Hayes) Mace, devoted father of Jerry Mace & his wife Jeanne of Sanford, ME, Kevin Mace & his wife Dawn of Chelmsford, Sherry Lowney & her husband Bob of Chelmsford, Jackie Theriault & her husband Chris of Dracut, Danielle Coffey & her husband Sean of Billerica. Loving Grandfather of Matthew Mace, Lauren Steeves, Peter Thomas, Cory McKenna, Kara, Jon, and Jimmy Mace, Kristen, Patrick, and Ryan Lowney, Jocelyn, Derek, and Aiden Theriault, Sienna and Sean Paul Coffey, the late Jackson Mace and Dakota Thomas. Great-grandfather of Sophia Lynn Mace and Ava Lowney. Cherished son of the late James and Margaret (Woods) Mace, dear brother of Lorraine Lynch & her husband Richard of Woburn, Arlene Flanders & her husband Malcolm of Chelmsford, the late Mary Mace, James Mace, Carol Claflin, and Kathy Demko, brother-in- law of Nancy Mace Claflin of Woburn. Jerry is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38) Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, August 9th from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Sophia Lynn Mace Educational Fund, c/o Gerald & Jeanne Mace, Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union, P. O. Box 1961, Biddeford, ME 04005.