Gerald M. Temple

Born: Tue., Jan. 2, 1923
Died: Tue., Jan. 13, 2009

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Former German Town Road Superintendent Gerald M. ("Bub") Temple passed peacefully to his rest on Tuesday, January 13th, at his home in German, NY.

Gerald M. Temple was born on January 2, 1923 to Harry and Hazel (Law) Temple of German, NY and lived his entire life in the township where he was born. Gerald, (or "Bub" as he was affectionately known by most everyone,) married Thelma M. Brewer on August 28, 1945, and they remained married for 63 years. They had five children: Dawn, Gary, Gerald (Jerry), Mark and Mike respectively.

"Bub" was a kind and gentle man who loved his family, friends and neighbors. He was especially fond of animals and enjoyed the company of "Pete" the family dog over the last 10+ years of his life. He served as the Town of German Superintendent of Roads for 20+ years, (a role his son Jerry still holds, and a role that his father Harry held for many years as well.)

"Bub" was well known for his generosity, and his heart always went out to those who were less fortunate than himself. He enjoyed music immensely, played guitar and tenor banjo, and was well known for holding country music/bluegrass "hoe-downs" in the family's home. Many Saturday evenings were spent playing music at "Bub" and Thelma's, and friends still talk about the happy moments that were spent there. The crowning touch of most "hoe-downs" was "Bub" singing "I'm Gonna Leave Old Texas Now" and duets with his wife that included their favorite collaboration of "Little Green Valley."

He was a very inventive person, a great story teller, and a compassionate friend and ally to both young and old. He had a great sense of humor, a quick wit, and an easy smile. He loved to tell and listen to a good joke, and was often found sitting on the family's side porch with friends and family in his later years enjoying nature and cup of instant coffee. "Bub" was a friend to all, a good neighbor, and a surrogate father to many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Temple, his mother Hazel (Law) Temple, and a grandson Jeremy Temple. "Bub" is survived by Thelma, his loving wife of 63 years, a daughter Dawn Temple and her husband Phillip Lang of Wakefield, MA, a son Gary and his wife Elaine of Keene, TX, a son Gerald (Jerry) and his wife Carolyn of German, NY, a son Mark and his partner Ruth Sacharsky of German, NY, and a son Michael and his wife Roberta of Bowman, ND. Also surviving is a sister, Edith Rowe, of Willet, NY, an aunt, Bertha Duel (108 years old) of Oxford, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, neighbors and friends.

Visitation with the family will take place on Friday evening, January 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home in Cincinnatus, NY. Funeral services will also be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home on Saturday, January 17, at 11:00 a.m. His son, Pastor Michael Temple, will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the children request that financial gifts be sent in memory of "Bub" to his widow, Thelma Temple, 631 Smith-Kingman Road, McDonough, NY 13801.

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Riley Howe
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
Thelma--My thoughts are with you and your family.

Cindy,Jim & Nick DeForest
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Avery & Geneva Torrey
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."Bub was a good man-we will miss him dearly.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Charlotte Henderson
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
Gary - Scott & I send our thoughts & prayers to you and your family. We never stop missing our parents once they are gone. However, they've left us with a treasure of love and memories that will last our lifetime. God bless --

Bob and Bev Mendenhall
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
We Care

Kurt,Renae Brown and family
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
Thaughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss.May you look to the LORD for comfort,and treasure the memories you have.

Sally Thompson & Pattie Thompson Holt
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
We are thinking of you and your family on this sad occasion. Just remember the light of God surrounds the departed and watches over them.
Wherever God is, they are!
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Richard & Betty Bresloff
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
We lost one of the best. There are few people that can leave a legacy such as Bub did. We will remember him forever. Its sad to see such a great man pass. It would be even sadder to not have know such a great man.

Mike Temple (Son)
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
Dad, I'm still missing you, and still can't quite believe you're gone. I sure miss talking with you on the phone and hearing you laugh. You're a tough act to follow, and you've left some pretty big shoes to fill. I know you're resting now, but somehow it gives me great comfort to write how special you were to me. This world is a better place because you were here Dad, and I still grieve your passing everytime I think of you. I wouldn't trade your last days that I spent with for the world. Love, Mike


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