A French Quarter stalwart passes on

Gerald (Jerry) Grant Wiley III passed away at home in the French Quarter on July 24, 2011 after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife June Barrios Wiley, daughters Lisa Wiley, Lisa Jewell, Dana Brown, son-in-law Michael Brown, step-daughters Angel McCready and Darlene Wolnik, and grandchildren Brian, Lisa, Jessie, and Conner. Beloved stepson Richard Wolnik preceded him in death.
Mr. Wiley was employed for 25 years for the Delta Steamboat Company, working on all three of their New Orleans steamboats over that period. He served as chief electrician on the American Queen Steamboat from its construction until his retirement in 2007.
He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, but moved to Lakewood, Ohio as a young boy and was in the first graduating class of the “new building” at Lakewood High School. He attended Miami University of Ohio and UCLA for architecture. He proudly served two tours in the Marine Corps stationed in Vietnam and sailed the world in the Merchant Marines.
His generous nature brought him many admirers and his unfailing high humor kept him as many friends. He will be missed on the river, throughout the French Quarter and among his friends and family. No one ever bought more rounds and few told a better story.
He requested that there be no services and will be cremated according to his wishes.

Johnny White's Bar pays tribute to their friend Jerry Wiley on July 25, 2011

About DW

New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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