Gerald Bishopp

Gerald Bishopp

Saturday, July 22nd, 1939 Sunday, October 20th, 2019

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Obituary for Gerald E. Bishopp

On October 20, 2019 shortly after midnight, in the bottom of the ninth, Gerald Earle Bishopp had his walk-off home run into the Lord’s kingdom. Heartbroken, the Yankees also saw defeat. He leaves behind his love of 56 years, Avalene Bishopp, his son Scott (Kate) Bishopp, and golden grandson Nicholas Bishopp. He was pre-deceased by his sister Florice Jones and his brother John (Mary) Bishopp.

Born July 22, 1939, Jerry was the third child of Clifford and Marion (Davis) Bishopp. After graduating from Stockbridge Valley Central School in 1956, he went to kiddie cruise, serving in the United States Navy where he learned that you don’t volunteer for anything. He took that suggestion to heart and offered his service on countless committees, as his local precinct’s Judge of Elections, and as headmaster of family birthdays and anniversaries. Jerry’s servitude was most noted in his love and devotion of his Lord and his home church, New Guilford Brethren in Christ in Chambersburg, PA.

Jerry graduated from SUNY Morrisville (1962) and retired from General Electric after a lifetime career as an electrical engineer, specializing in flight control components. As a lifelong sports enthusiast, Jerry enjoyed bowling, softball, and endless hours on the
golf course. He shared his love of music through years of barbershop choir and had a song lyric to match every conversation. He never turned down a spirited game of cribbage or the opportunity to be right in any fun-loving, heated debate.

The void left by his big personality will be felt by his siblings Florice, dec. (Harvey) Jones; James (Nancy) Bishopp; Marilyn (David, dec.) Long; Elaine (Earnest, dec.) Reynolds; Pauline (Richard) Reynolds; and nephews, nieces, and loyal friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 11a.m. at New Guilford Brethren in Christ. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to a favorite charity of your choosing or to New Guilford Brethren in Christ, 1575 Mont Alto Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    New Guilford Brethren in Christ Church
    1575 Mont Alto Road
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    Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    Pastor Lawton Jacobs
  • Interment

    New Guilford Brethren In Christ Cemetery
    Mont Alto Road

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Dan Dunton

Tribute to Jerry

Jerry and I both worked at GE Control Systems in Johnson City, NY. But we worked in different areas. I first “met” Jerry at the bowling alley where the GE Mens League played. During my first night of bowling, I heard this loud voice above the thunderous sound of bowling balls colliding with pins, saying “Mark it down”. Asked my teammates who it was. It was Jerry Bishopp, that’s Bishopp with 2 P’s. He was so special, he had a special last name.

When spring arrived, we played in the GE Men’s Golf League. There weren’t any “mark it downs” out of Jerry, but you could hear him almost anywhere on the course. During golf, I learned that Jerry was ambidextrous, he played golf left handed and bowled right handed!

Years went by and my only interaction with Jerry was when we bowled or played golf. In the mid nineties, that changed. As the golf season approached, we were both without partners. Harry Wood, who ran the league, suggested Jerry and me team up. Well, it was a match made in heaven! Jerry and I were a perfectly suited to each other, both loud, neither of us shied away from a cold beer, and we enjoyed harassing folks and each other. There were times when our opponents wandered whether we were actually friends! But, good things come to an end. Jerry retired and moved to some place called Penn National.

That didn’t end our friendship. I started visiting Jerry to play golf at PN. After one year, my new golf league partner, Mike Walsh, joined me on the trips. We would arrive by noon, play 18 holes, stay with Jerry and Ab overnight, play 18 holes in the morning, and head home. It’s during these trips I got to know both Jerry and Ab much better. I hadn’t met Ab until Jerry’s retirement party. Talk about two different people! But their love for each other was quite evident.

During these visits, I also got to know another side of Jerry, his faith in God. I was struggling with my faith and he became kind of a role model for me. I’d ask myself if Jerry had such a strong faith, why couldn’t I. We had some interesting conversations. One night when Mike and I were there, Jerry was hosting a bible study. He invited us to listen in, which we did.

My visits to Jerry ended in 2005. I retired in August of 2004. My wife and I had decided to move from NY. I suggested moving to PN. To me it was a no brainer, two great golf courses and Jerry Bishopp, that’s Bishopp with 2 P’s. Our house at PN was under construction in December 2004! Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be done until June and we would be moving out of our house the end of April. Jerry and Ab graciously asked us to stay with them. Didn’t surprise me at all. Jerry introduced me to the Men’s Golf League and the Penn National Golf Association (PNGA). We moved into our home on June 3rd.

Our relationship grew stronger over the years. He had become my best friend! In a sense, I looked upon him as my older brother, emphasis on “older”. We paired up in those golf events that allowed players to select their partners. We even shared our only “holes in one”. We both aced Founders #3, but I got mine first.

Not sure what life without Jerry will be. I know there will be a void!

Dan Dunton
Comment | Posted at 07:13pm via Condolence

Tony Dimento

Gerry my brother in the Lord, how in enjoyed talking to you all these years since our college days, where we first met. You where socially gifted with the ability to talk with anyone and everyone, and so you did to the late hours of the night. I will always remember the class in electric theory, while sitting directly before the professor, you fell asleep for about 5 minutes and then snored loudly for another 2-3 minutes before you woke up. We talked about that for days. I will see you again and rejoice with you in our Lord.
Comment | Posted at 03:54pm via Condolence

Tom and Fran White

My wife Fran and I worked in the same Engineering office at GE in Schenectady with Jerry. He was the pitcher on our softball team ran a noontime bowling league and of course we played a lot of golf. Our sincere condolences to Abby as they were a terrific couple.
Comment | Posted at 01:28pm via Condolence

Chris and Kris

You will always be a 29 to us. Rest in Peace.
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John Mitchell

Our most sincere sympathy and love from your Schenectady GE friends. Joe, Fran and Tom, Rose and Ray, and Iolene and Jack.
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