Gerard A. "Jerry" Dowd, age 60, of Duluth, GA, passed away suddenly on August 6, 2012 during a fly-fishing trip to Alaska. Jerry was born in Philadelphia, PA and received his education at Villanova University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jerry spent the next four decades making a name for himself in the food industry with protein giants like Swift and Company, Tyson and ConAgra. He built a reputation as a personable, but hard-driving businessman who established ambitious goals and set about reaching them by showing up early and expecting excellence. At the time of his death, Jerry was applying his passion to grow the business at Trident Seafoods Corporation, based in Seattle, WA. Jerry joined Trident in 2004 as an advisor to top management and was appointed President of Trident's Domestic Operations in August of 2006. His leadership, determination and knowledge of the food industry were inspirational to all who worked with him in and outside of the company, and most recently he focused his efforts to expand Trident's global presence in the promising new markets of China. When Jerry was involved with business, he was all business. When he was with his family, he was a true family man, devoted to his "bride" Patricia, his wife of 38 years, his son Sean, his daughter Meghan Shubert Roger and two granddaughters Mary Anne and Patricia Mae Shubert. He was proud of his Gaelic heritage and looked nothing short of dashing in his kilt and dinner jacket at his 60th birthday party held in Georgia in early November of 2011. Of his favorite activities outside of his professional life, golf was his game of choice and he rose to the challenge of the links, whether they were the blustery banks of Scotland or the well-groomed fairways of Atlanta. Though his final mission in business was to process and market billions of pounds of seafood, his joy was to coax a single salmon to a fly, give it a tussle in a fast-moving stream and turn it loose with the bears looking on in disbelief. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Dowd. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his sisters Margaret Anne Parr David of Southlake, TX; Mary V. Pollock Sheldon L. of Cheshire, CT; Kathleen M. Bernau Edwin Jr. of Centennial, CO; brother Thomas F. Dowd Donna of Blue Bell, PA and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Dowd's family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in memory of Gerard A. Dowd '73 VSB, to Villanova School of Business, in care of Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm. at The Catholic Church of Saint Monica, in Duluth, with interment to follow at Arlington Memorial Park, located at 201 Mount Vernon Highway Northwest, Sandy Springs, GA. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 10 from 2 pm. until 4 pm. and also from 6 pm. until 8 pm. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. My prayers goes out to each of you. Jerry was such a great boss, wonderful person, vivacious personality and lived life with such gusto and for those reasons he will forever be in our hearts and minds and each time we think of him we will smile. He was one of a kind. God Bless.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Patti, Sean, Meghan and the family. Jerry was a wonderful person. I really enjoyed working for him, even though it was for a short time. He always had a way of making you laugh or smile. He will not be forgotten!

  3. Only knew Jerry through serving together on the Townends Board in recent years, but liked and respected him very much. So sorry to hear of his untimely passing. My condolences to the entire family. Marty Mand

  4. I worked with Jerry at three different companies. He was always a good manger and a great salesman. He helped me along in my career eventough we didn’t always see eye to eye. I will miss him, the food industry will miss him, and I know his family will miss him. He had a great head for buisness and genuinley liked and cared for his friends and the people he worked with. I am sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. Joe

  5. My sincerest condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends. Although my personal interactions with him were limited; his passion, energy and positive attitude, spoke volumes. He will be sorely missed.

  6. He was a remarkable man. I will never forget him or the indelible mark he left on my life and my career. He will be missed tremendously.
    My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  7. Linda and I extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Patti, Sean, Meghan and Jerry’s family. It isn’t often in one’s life that we are blessed with knowing and loving that special person that impacts us both professionally and personally. Jerry was one of those special people to us. Our grief at his loss cannot be easily expressed simply with words, and we will miss him forever. Jerry Dowd will be remembered as a “special person” that gave much more than he took.

    May God provide the strength to guide and comfort you during this trying time.

  8. Patti and family: Our prayers and sympathy to you at this time. May you feel the presence of the Lord’s comfort during this time of loss.
    Doug & Linda Miller, Springdale, AR
    Kyle’s Dad and Mom

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