Gerald Edward Cobb

  • Born: March 9, 1933
  • Died: April 6, 2013
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Gerald by adding your memories.

Gerald E. Cobb passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late George & Mary (Reidy) Cobb. Gerald was raised in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High Scholl, Class of 1950 and from Bentley College in 1958. Mr. Cobb served his country proudly serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955 as an Airman 1st Class. Gerald work as an accountant for the Medford Housing Authority for 14 years, retiring in 1995. Prior to working in Medford, he worked for Boston Stove Company in Reading for 14 years, the Kontron Company in Everett and at the J.F. Hillary Meat Company in Boston for 10 years. Gerry loved baseball, was a strong supporter of Melrose Babe Ruth and was the scorekeeper for Melrose High School Baseball Team the past 5 years. Mr. Cobb was a member of the VFW Harold O'Young Post #2394 in Melrose, the Italian American Club in Malden for the past 50 years, the North Shore Irish Club, the Irish American Club in Malden, the K of C Council #128 in Melrose and the Retired Men's Club in Arlington. He enjoyed playing golf on the local courses in the Melrose area, had a warm smile and a great personality. Gerry was the beloved husband of the late Helen (McCormack) Cobb. Loving father of Maureen Arsenault & her husband Kevin of Melrose, Susan Pezzano & her husband John of Melrose and Deborah Lucey & her husband Robert of Billerica. Devoted grandfather of Nicole Bowes, Kerri-Anne Cleary, Peter Pezzano, Robert Lucey III, Daniel Pezzano, Jennifer Lucey & Christopher Arsenault. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Wednesday, April 10th at 10AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. Melrose, at 11AM. Relatives & friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours Tuesday from 4:00-8:00PM. Interment with military honors at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made in Gerry's name to the Melrose Babe Ruth League Inc. , c/o Rich Garron, 358 East Foster St. Melrose, MA 02176.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sorry to learn of Gerry's passing. He and Helen were two of the nicest people in the world - Heaven is made richer by their presence. I'm sure that he and my dad, Tom Higgins, are reminiscing about their days together in the Catskills and in the Irish Village!

Thank you, Gerry, for your service to our nation.

With love and respect,
Mary Ellen and Jerry Gavin

Posted by Mary Ellen Gavin    April 23, 2013

Gavin's Resort in the Catskills brought Gerry and my dad, Tom Higgins, together and a friendship for the ages was created! Both of these great men had smiles and personalities that filled a room. They brought joy and laughter to one another and to their beloved families and friends. I know Gerry will be missed every day, as is my dad, but I am comforted to think that my dad took Helen on his arm and they both welcomed Gerry to heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Susan Quinn

Posted by Susan Quinn    April 20, 2013


Posted by BOB LANDRY - MAILMAN   April 10, 2013

To the Cobb family,
Our sincere sympathy for your loss. We will surely miss Gerry at the Tuesday afternoon cribbage games & reminiscing about England.
Many warm memories remain in our hearts.
Susan & John

Posted by Susan Donaher - Wakefield, MA - Friends   April 09, 2013

We have very fond memories of Mr. Cobb attending each and every MMS and MHS basketball game, while cheering on Pete and the rest of the team members, and diligently keeping the stats for the boys. He was funny, kind and a true gentleman; and no doubt, will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. May you rest in peace, Gerry.

Posted by Angela Ferrari - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   April 09, 2013

My sincere condolences to Mr. Cobb's family. My Dad and Mrs. Cobb were cousins; however, I knew Mr. Cobb best as my baseball coach in Melrose Babe Ruth baseball in 1980 and 1981. Our team, the Orioles, won the city championship in 1981 under Mr. Cobb's guidance and every time I bumped into Mr. Cobb around town or outside of St. Mary's we'd have a great conversation about the those years and it never ceased to amaze me the clarity with which he could recall those seasons. He was a great influence on me as a teenager as well as many others that grew up in Melrose at that time. He will be sorely missed by our community.
Chris McCormack

Posted by Chris McCormack - Melrose, MA   April 09, 2013


We join with so many others who knew Gerry in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Sylvia, Marcos, Marc, Stephanie and Tania Dutra - Melrose, MA - Family Friends   April 09, 2013

Enjoyed being with Jerry and friends at the many high school games. I am sad
but happy that he did not have to face a very serious and long operation.
He is in Paradise with his wife and family. his life on earth was Well DONE as they say in the Service of the USA.

sincerely George F Lovett

Posted by George F. Lovett - MELROSE, MA - FRIEND   April 09, 2013

To all the Cobb Family,

We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Gerry's daughters, their husbands and grandchildren. Over 30 years ago, we first met Gerry as he was coaching his beloved Melrose Babe Ruth Orioles and our oldest son, Tim. He also coached our son, Tom, with the Melrose Babe Ruth All Stars (14-15) that won the State Championship at Lynn in 1985 and went on to the New England's in Stamford, Ct. I can still see Gerry beaming with pride over those accomplishments! I am sure, right now, he is still discussing those days, in a much better place, with Joe Carroll and Jake Crowley! As we all know, next to his wife, Helen, daughters,
and grandchildren, Gerry lloved baseball! Gerry was always personable, polite and very professional in all of his endeavors!!! He also loved Melrose and all of us Melrose loved him! May he rest in peace.
Again we send our sympathy,
Tim Hurley and Family
(Ann Marie and Tim Hurley and
Tim, Tom, Terry and Teddy)

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2013

Dear Sue,

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your dad. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, but knowing what a truly wonderful person you are is a true testament to him. I pray that the beautiful memories that you have of your dad will dry the tears and ease your sadness in the days to come. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless him and may he rest in peace.

Posted by Dianne Martino - Saugus, MA - friend   April 08, 2013


Truly a Brother to us and a wonderful Friend.
Thank You, Gerry. You are in our hearts.
Love to All.
Uncle Joe and Auntie

Posted by NEIL MCCORMACK - MALDEN, MA - Brother-in-law   April 08, 2013

To the Cobb Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lecia & Frank Bracaglia - Stoneham, MA   April 08, 2013


Posted by A friend   April 08, 2013

Just read the email with the announcement. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear father. May your memories of the time spent together see you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2013

To Maureen and Christopher,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad he was such an amazing man, I will miss seeing him sitting on the deck at Towne Estates reading his book or taking a nap. RIP Gerry

Posted by cyndi bromley - Melrose, MA   April 08, 2013

Deb and Family,
So sorry to hear about the death of your father.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pat Flanagan

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2013

To Moe,Deb,Sue and family:
We didn't know him all that well, but he certainly made an impact on us with the few times we spent together! He is in our prayers!

Posted by Cindy Cleary - Salem, NH   April 08, 2013

I have so many fond memories of growing up next door to the Cobbs. Maureen, Suzy, and Debbie must have been teenagers by this time, and I remember sitting outside on summer evenings and watching the world pass by on Pleasant St. with Mr. Cobb. He would tell me stories like Ooeey Gooeey and we would eat popsicles. Sandy would be close by. What adult would spend time chatting night after night with a little kid like that? And he never made me feel like I was just a little kid. I always wanted to join him on that empty lawn chair. As the years passed, I enjoyed hearing all the updates on his girls and their families - he was so proud of all of you! He was a very special person who touched the lives of many people. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jodie Vasily-Cioffi    April 08, 2013

To the Cobb family:

I met Gerry by the pool at Towne Estates and we talked sports which he enjoyed so much. I will miss talking to such a sweet, wonderful man.

RIP Gerry.

Ruth Lee

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2013

Ah, Gerry; my birthday buddy. I am so sad to hear of your passing. I was hoping to visit you at MGH today. Now you are at peace with your beloved Helen. You were two of the nicest people I've ever met, and I have always been thankful to have crossed paths with you. You made the world a better place just by being you. Rest in peace, knowing that you have raised a kind and loving family who will carry on your work of touching the lives of everyone lucky enough to know them.

Posted by Sue Brown - Wakefield, MA - Family friend   April 08, 2013


The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W., John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - Melrose, MA   April 07, 2013

I am so sorry Sue. I never met your father, but I understand he was a great guy. God bless you! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nancy DeSimone - Medford, MA   April 07, 2013

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