the 1st picture is from his 8th grade photo, the 2nd is his senior picture from East Hartford high school, and the third is a more recent photo.

Gerald J. McGinley, Sr.
1941 - 2022

A Gerald J. McGinley Sr., 81, beloved husband of Judith (Pease) McGinley passed peacefully surrounded by family on January 30, 2022. Jerry was born in Providence, RI, son of the late James and Mary Ann (McDermott) McGinley. He spent most of his school years in Cromwell and although he graduated from East Hartford, his heart was always in Cromwell.

He was a longtime resident of Portland and member of St. Mary's Parish. He and his wife had enjoyed many years of retirement together.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind 4 children, Lori McGinley of Franklin, NH, Amanda (& William) McDonald of Hillsborough, NH, Gerald (& Lisa) McGinley Jr. of Portland, and Corinne McGinley of Portland. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren who thought the world revolved around him, 11 great-grandchildren whom he adored and doted on, a sister Barbara (and William) Watson of East Hartland, a brother, Richard (and Barbara) McGinley of Portland and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Cavallo and Jean Barry, and a brother Michael McGinley.

He was much loved by his family and many friends. He had the Irish gift of gab and was a spinner of tales, usually the life of any party he attended. He was a favorite customer at Eggs Up Grill and Rise and Shine Cafe where he always left with goodies for his much-adored pets, whom he treated like royalty.

Family and friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown on Monday, February 7th from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 8th at St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Church. To share memories or express condolences online, please visit

the Middletown Press - Feb. 2, 2022