In Memory of Jacob "Jay" Berry, Jr.




October 10, 1931 - August 23, 2021 (age 89)

Jacob “Jay” Berry, Jr., 89, passed away August 23, 2021.

Born in Salem, OH, Jay had lived in the Tallmadge area since 1966.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Jay received his Bachelor Degree from Kent State University and his Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Akron.   He retired from Goodyear Aerospace Lockheed Martin with 32 years of service. Jay belonged to the Berlin Yacht Club, the Akron Polio Club and he had his pilot’s license.  He enjoyed sailing, model airplanes and bicycling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Mary Berry.

Jay is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan; daughter, Catherine Riter; sons, Neil (Karen) Berry and Michael (Susan) Berry; grandchildren, Jamie (Jason) Cook, Jennifer Riter, Tony Riter, and Nico Tuckfield; great grandchildren, Jason (Brook) Cook; great great grandson, Jacob Cook; brothers, Robert (Carol) Berry and Richard Berry; nephew, Bruce (Debbie) Berry. His family will greatly miss him.

Jay was a member of the Akron Post-Polio Support Group. Please keep Jay and his family in your prayers. 

Jay was a special person and a dear friend to all who knew him. A quiet man, very polite, and a gentle and kind person. - that describes Jay! He joined our Akron Post-Polio Support Group years ago and it was only until the last couple of years when his health began to decline that he was unable to attend our meetings anymore. He thoroughly enjoyed our group and loved visiting with various members each month. Jay will be greatly missed and will always hold a special place in our heart. - Akron Post-Polio Support Group