Obituary of Gerald Weiss (1939 – 2021) – Cotati, CA

Gerald “Jerry” David Weiss
June 29, 1939 – September 29, 2021
Jerry Weiss, 82, after living a rich and full life, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, following a long illness.
Born in Detroit to parents Betty Sylvia Weiss and Joseph Weiss, his family moved to Southern California where he spent his youth.
Jerry was a natural artist and a craftsman. He started drawing cartoons as a child and building complex model airplanes and cars. In high school, he learned the art of jewelry making by becoming a jewelry maker and carpenter. Jerry later became a skilled leatherworker and made a living from this trade. He and his partner developed a process of hand-cast sand-cast candles that were unique and contemporary.
His candles and leather bags were sold at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire where Jerry organized his always crowded booth.
In the early 1960s he moved to Berkeley and eventually Sonoma County, settling in Penngrove, where he resided for over 40 years.
Still an entrepreneur, he tried his hand at many things, owning Orient Express Rugs, The Village Golf Shop and later the Santa Rosa Grill. He worked for a while at the Orinda Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center
convalescence center in Santa Rosa.
There are two words that sum up the passions in Jerry’s life: Golf and Music.
Jerry shared the artistic soul of a musician. He began collecting vinyl records in the 1950s and played guitar, mandolin, and violin. His musical interests ranged from Lightnin ‘Hopkins to Bill Monroe, The Grateful Dead to Manu Chao and he has always supported local music. From the early days of The Inn of the Beginning, Cabaret and Trade Winds, Jerry could be found in the crowd enjoying music with friends.
Since its inception, he has volunteered at the Cotati Accordion Festival, helping behind the scenes until he could no longer attend.
In the 1990s, Jerry met a Southern California golf instructor, Earl Yogi, who became his golf mentor. Thanks to Yogi, golf has become fun and easy and Jerry’s life has changed forever.
Jerry has the distinction of being the longest surviving patient of Petaluma Hospice without the loving care of which his later years would have been much more difficult. Many thanks and appreciation goes for the work they do.
Jerry is survived by his wife Melanie Goodpasture, his son Derek Michael Daniel Weiss, his brother Robert Weiss, his sister-in-law Delia Anderson, his grandchildren Michaela Howerton, Sarah Elizabeth Knight-Weiss and Jerry Prince Weiss and two great-grandchildren -children.
A strong supporter of world peace and justice, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fighters for Peace on her behalf at
A public memorial celebrating
Jerry’s life will take place in the spring of 2022.

Published by Press Democrat October 8-10, 2021.

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