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Posted on: March 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City Mourning Loss of Longtime Employee

Photo Collage of Jerry Laverty

The City of Bedford is mourning the loss of Jerry Laverty, the City’s Streets and Drainage Superintendent. Jerry passed away from the effects of a long struggle with COVID-19 earlier this month after serving the City for over 20 years.

“This is big loss to the City of Bedford,” said City Manager Jimmy Stathatos. “It was clear, the community meant so much to him and he meant a lot to them. Day in and day out, Jerry dedicated his life to doing what was right for Bedford. Every city would be lucky to have a Jerry Laverty on staff.”

Jerry worked his way up through the organization and worked as crew leader for each Public Works division getting to know all aspects of the department. He later was promoted to Environmental Manager and then Drainage Manager. Along with being a hard worker, Jerry was known for making sure things were done correctly, being extremely likable and a great friend.

“Jerry was a valuable employee and was admired by many for his experience and willingness to share his knowledge and experience,” said Kenny Overstreet, Bedford’s Public Works Director and Jerry’s supervisor. “Jerry had a calming way with the community. He would sit down with a resident who was unhappy because of an issue and by the end of their conversation, they would be friends. Many residents would call him from time-to-time, just to check in. Jerry loved living here and working for the City of Bedford. On several occasions he said he wanted to run for City Council when he retired so he could stay active in the community and keep making things better. Jerry will be greatly missed as a coworker and a friend.”

Jerry is survived by his wife Julie Laverty and their six children, Shannon Laverty, Rosanna Laverty, Corey Laverty, Melissa Johnson, Danny Dixon, and Sarah Dixon as well as their eight grandchildren, Jason, Riley, Trinity, Gerald, Carys, Kenzie, Genesis, and Camryn.  Jerry also leaves behind his two beloved English Bulldogs Sophie and Maxx.  Jerry will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Monday, March 29.

Jerry's family approved the City sharing the livestream link of Jerry's funeral. If anyone would like to view Jerry's obituary, post a memory for the family, or attend his funeral virtually on Monday, March 29 at 10 a.m., please visit Joseph Gerald Laverty Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information (

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