This is the saddest notice I have ever had to pass along to my friends in comic book fandom.
I just received a call from Jerry’s wife Jean of the news that Jerry Bails, The Father of Comic Book Fandom, died in his sleep today of an apparant heart attack. He was 73.
Jerry had been suffering a serious heart condition for the past several years. In recent months the physical discomfort he had experienced had kept him mostly homebound, but his mind remained as sharp as ever, thanks to the contact he was able to continue with friends and family through the internet.
At this time, details of any services or funerals are not yet known. According to Jean, Jerry’s wishes were for something simple and the family are in the process of working on that.
Jerry was a lot of things to a lot of people. For me, he was a mentor, a teacher, a guide–whose wisdom and kindness helped make the world an even better place for many. But most important, I am and will always be deeply proud that I consider Jerry to be my friend. I am a little less not to have his wisdom gracing my ears any longer and I am much MORE knowing that I did have time on this earth in having that same wisdom touch my heart.
My deepest love goes out to Jean, Kirk, and all other family members and loved ones of Jerry.
-Ray Bottorff Jr