Jerry W. Rajski, 73, of Perth Amboy, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. He was surrounded by his two daughters and wife of 40 years.
Jerry was born on July 25, 1948, in Miedzyrzeczu Wielkopolski, Poland and grew up in Szczecin, Poland. He graduated from Marine High School with honors and from Marine College, both located in Szczecin, Poland. Upon graduation he served as Administrative Officer III Class (First Lieutenant) with the Polish Steamship Company, which offered him the opportunity of worldwide travel to dozens of countries and every continent in the world. Jerry was very proud of the Rajski Polish ancestry which belongs to the Korab Coat of Arms.
Jerry moved to the United States in the 1970s and settled in the City of Perth Amboy in 1984. He was a very civic-minded citizen and loved the City in which he lived and raised his family. He served as a member of the Perth Amboy Auxiliary Police; Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus; Parishioner of St. Stephen’s Church at Saint John Paul II Parish for nearly 40 years; worked in the City of Perth Amboy; and volunteered on many local political campaigns.
Jerry was very active in Pulaski Cadets, Ltd. 1833, where he served as an Adjutant to the General and eventually assumed the role of Commander as Lieutenant Colonal. Throughout his years of service, he was a recipient of many distinguished awards and recognitions.
Jerry worked and retired from General Motors - Linden Plant after 30 years, wherein he served as Supervisor in the Material Department.
Throughout his very active life, Jerry’s entrepreneurial spirit led him on many exciting journeys such as operating his own international marketing business, involving international trade of all kinds of goods, and a home improvement business. He served as a Correspondent for various publications such as Nowy Dziennik – Polish American Daily News in New York, The Perth Amboy Gazette, and The Post Eagle. Among his many talents was oil painting, where he painted his own oil replicas of various artists including Rubens, Dali and his own personal creations.
Upon retirement, his hobbies varied including embracing new technologies, horticulture and attending to his many exotic flowers and Koi Pond, and antique restoration. He loved restoring Lionel trains and even had a large model train display in his attic that he enjoyed sharing with his grandchildren.
Jerry remained a self-sufficient, independent man who never saw any challenge as impossible. Those who knew Jerry, knew that he embodied the true definition of a Renaissance Man.
Jerry was a very dedicated father and husband. There is nothing that Jerry wouldn’t do for his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents Waclaw Rajski and Henryka Rajski. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Rajski (Staszczuk); his two daughters Angelique and her husband Samuel Parashis, and Scarlett and her husband Jeffrey Martin; three grandchildren, Matthew, Isabella and Olivia.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Ana Maria Zevallos/Skrocki, Home for Funerals, 467 State Street, Perth Amboy, NJ.
A mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10 am at St. Stephen’s Church at Saint John Paul II Parish in Perth Amboy, NJ. Burial to follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the honor of Jerry Rajski to Saint John Paul II Parish, 490 State Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. For more information, please visit www.johnpaulsecond.com, under Weekly Collection, One Time Donation.
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