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“Thank you Jerry for the inspiration and joy you brought into our lives. May God Bless You & Keep You. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Vinnie Conte - Bradenton, FL

“Blue skies, sofe openng and landing ahead. Save a spot onthe load for me. Aftrer Lew first flew cameras it was you and Kevin who nailed the east...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: chip maury - Pembroke,, MA

“Blue Skies Forever! ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Johan Aglen - Norway - Friend

“Thank you Jerry for sharing your beautiful photographs all these years. You were loved and respected by many. Blue Skies. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Lou Sirois - Fern Park, FL

“Best dad and friend anyone could have asked for...think of you everyday...RIP dear dad <3 ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Geri Irwin Clem - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“My deepest sympathy to all of jerry's family.Jerry was a friend of mine and i looked forward to seeing him at Del Vets.Loved hearing his stories,such...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: james mckinney - wilmington, DE

“I am so sorry to hear this, he was a really great guy. I have his art book and was friends with him and Ted Keating, sorry for your loss ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“i had the pleasure of meeting gerry through my husband,his friend butch hall,he took my husband and grandaughter to go skydiving,although the weather...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Talented funny nice guy God bless him ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Joe grace - chadds ford, PA

“Nice funny talented nice guy great stories God have mercy ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: joe grace - chsdds ford, PA


Gerald James Irwin, age 80, of Claymont, DE passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Wilmington, DE.

Gerald (Jerry) was raised in Chester, PA, son of the late George and Margaret Irwin. He was an acclaimed freelance photographer whose work appeared in National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post, Life and Sports Illustrated among others. He also published a half-dozen coffee table books and many calendars and was well known for his intimate photography of the Amish where he lived among them for 21 years. Jerry was also known for chronicling his two passions - skydiving and motorcycles. His large body of skydiving photography will reside at the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame. Before his photography career, Jerry was one of the railroad's youngest engineers at age 35, running the prized route "Golden Trail" between Washington and New York.

Jerry served in the Army 11th Airborne and was a member of the Herd Motorcycle Club and United Parachute Club with over 2,000 jumps.

In addition to his parents, Jerry is predeceased by his brothers; Carl Irwin and Gordon Irwin. He is survived by his daughter Geri Irwin Clem and grandchildren Avalon, Morgan and Richard; stepdaughter Laurie Lawson; stepson William Gray; sister Eileen Zadorzany; and long-time love Janice Kinghorn.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 25, 2017 from 2-4 pm at the Delaware Veterans Club, 2535 Veterans Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810.