Jerry D. Hyde

Jerry D. Hyde of Silver Creek, N.Y., died Feb. 28, 2014.

He was born in Olean, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army.

He graduated with honors from St. Bonaventure University and received his law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Hyde practiced law for more than 30 years. He was a former Chautauqua County Public Defender, and represented a number of municipalities.

For many years, he served as First Assistant Social Services Attorney. He received the Chautauqua County Outstanding Employee Award in 1990, as well as a number of other awards during his service.

Jerry was a loving husband to his wife of 34 years, Sheila Meck Hyde and a devoted father to his daughter, Keri A. Hyde and to his son, Kelly D. Hyde.

He is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Mertsock and Carolyn Ellison; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Evelyn Hyde, as well as his brother, Dennis Hyde and his sister, Betty Gross.

Jerry loved spending time with his family, going to court, John Wayne movies and puns. He was dedicated to helping others and protecting the rights of individuals, especially children.

Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made for research for a cure for Primary Progressive Aphasia to AFTD (The As-sociation for Frontotemporal Degeneration), Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

Arrangements are by the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel Inc., Silver Creek. To send a remembrance, go to