In Memory of

Jerry

Prince

Obituary for Jerry Prince

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Jerry Archie Prince, on Monday, September 18, 2023, peacefully with family by his side at Meadowpark Nursing Home in Chatham. Born in Chatham 83 years ago, Jerry was the son of the late Archibald and Erma Prince (nee Henderson). Husband of the late Audrey Prince (nee Halverson) (2017). Father of Guy Prince (Rebecca), Renee Hartford (Randy), and Brad Steele (Sandee). Grandfather of "his pea in a pod," Jeral Lumley (Craig), Tyler Hatton (Megan), Guy Jr. Prince (Stephanie), Marcus Prince (Dannielle), Shayne Steele, and Spencer Steele. Great grandfather of Everette Prince, Kyrie Prince, Genesia Hartford-Lumley (Zach), Brooklyn Lumley, Noah Lumley, Parker Hatton, and Charleigh Hatton. Brother of Cora Prince (Travis). Jerry will also be missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Jerry met his second wife Audrey and her two small children, who he raised as his own, in 1960 and through thick and thin they were together for 57 years, until her death in 2017.
Jerry was raised on a farm in North Buxton, but chose a career with Ontario Steel/Rockwell factory for 12 years. He then left to work with his dad on the farm, taking it over when his dad semi-retired and then passed away suddenly. Jerry and Audrey worked very hard farming for a few years with Jerry also driving truck in the winters to make ends meet. Trucking then became his passion and full time career until retirement in 2005 from Copleys Transport.
Jerry was very hands on and full of the knowledge he had gained through his life experiences with farming, fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, welding etc. He could fix or repair most things and was always there to lend a helping hand. If you needed to borrow anything he had it - personalized with "JP" on it all, just so you remembered where it belonged, lol.
In his early years Jerry's hobbies were anything outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, riding, and breeding hunting dogs. He and Audrey were also members of a CB Club, talking and meeting truck drivers at the truck stop for coffee, and making friends. Their handles were "Diamond J" and "Peach Tree." Jerry was also an avid collector of guns and even made his own ammunition. Later in life he took up golfing, loved reading old cowboy western paper backs, and watching the soap Y&R every day with his wife.
As a young man Jerry was a cadet in the Essex and Kent Scottish Militia Regiment and a member of the Horseman Motorcycle Club.He was a volunteer firefighter at North Raleigh Fire Dept., and also a member for many years of the North Buxton Community Club.
Jerry was definitely a FREE SPIRIT, had a strong will and a stubbornness most times, and had a great heart and sense of humour. His family was his soul. As he became ill he did it with dignity and strength to the end, still winking smiling, giving hugs as well as he could to staff, family and friends when verbalizing was not an option.
In typical Jerry fashion there are no services planned and certainly no pomp and circumstance. A celebration of life will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 1:30pm-4:00pm at he the Moose Lodge followed by the interment of Jerry and his wife Audrey at the North Buxton Cemetery .
Jerry's family would like to thank the staff at Meadowpark Nursing Home for their fantastic care and treatment of Jerry, for always keeping us informed, and for going that extra mile, especially during the final weeks of Jerry's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jerry can be made to BNG of North Buxton.