August 18 2020

Obituary: Former Burlington Police Officer, Korean War Veteran, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Crocker


A long-time former member of the Burlington Police Department and veteran of the Korean War has passed away. 

Gerald “Jerry” Crocker passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, August 9, 2020, his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home reads. He was 83 years old.  

Jerry was born in Bangor, Maine, the son of John and Margaret Power. He grew up in Cambridge.  

An ambitious young man, Jerry enlisted in the Marines two days after turning 17 years old. He served as a Corporal in the Marines and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal.  

“Jerry was very proud of his service to his country and even prouder to be a U.S. Marine,” his obituary reads. 

After returning home following his three years in the military, he married Barbara Sveisty. They settled in Burlington and had three children. The couple would be together for 59 years until Barbara passed in 2017. 

Jerry was a member of the Burlington Police Department for 38 years. He started as a patrolman and worked his way up to detective and inspector. In his final years, he was proud to be the longest current member of the force and holding the prized badge number “1”. Jerry saw so many changes in the Burlington Police Department including three different police stations (Burlington Historical Museum, Town Hall Annex, and the current location home of the former Center School).  He investigated the 1970 bombing of the police station, several murders, and endless other felony and misdemeanor cases.  

“He was always fair, trustworthy, engaged in the community, and took pride in representing the Burlington Police Department,” his obituary reads. 

He was also well liked and well respected in town. 

“Jerry had a great personality, wonderful sense of humor, a large circle of friends, and a great devotion to his family,” his obituary says. “Jerry simply had a fun and entertaining personality. He loved telling stories, jokes, and making a connection with others. Jerry had numerous circles of friend groups including police family, neighbors, golf, hunting, softball, children’s teammates parents, and traveling buddies.”  

Jerry and Barbara loved traveling to warm weather destinations including many of the Caribbean islands, Florida, cruises, and Martha’s Vineyard. 

Jerry was also deeply involved in all his children’s and grandchildren's lives. He coached Babe Ruth Baseball for many years. He was always in the stands or on the sidelines supporting his children and grandchildren in all their sporting events.  

“He was a whiz when it came to sports trivia, but particularly loved the Red Sox,” his obituary reads. “He was always there supporting his family in the good as well as the challenging times in their life’s. Jerry was simply a good friend, husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed.”



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