Jeremiah S. Jeremiah, Jr.
Retired Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah, Jr. 80, of Warren, Rhode Island passed away on July 19, 2015 after a long illness.
The Warren resident was appointed to the Family Court in March 1986 and was named Chief Justice a year later. His service to the public sector began in 1963 when he was appointed assistant city solicitor in Cranston, Rhode Island. He was promoted to city solicitor in 1978 and served in that position until 1984. Jeremiah additionally served as Executive Counsel to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
He is survived by his wife Theresa Candon Jeremiah; his daughter Dr. Jennifer Jeremiah Armenio and her husband Vincent of Rehoboth, MA; his daughter Jessica Jeremiah of Columbus, MS, and his daughter Julianne Haskell and her husband Stephen of Medfield, MA. He also leaves a sister, Retired Judge Constance Messore and her husband Michael of Bristol, RI; grandchildren, Emma, Vincent, Connor, Penny, Lily Jane and Leah, and six nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Jane Penelope.
Jeremiah, described to have endless dedication to juvenile offenders, was known for his innovative ways of teaching juveniles to reform. The highly successful R.I. Family and Juvenile Drug Court was instituted in December 1999 under his leadership. School-located Truancy Courts were initiated in 2000. He was the motivating force behind the initial regional conference of drug court practitioners in New England. In addition to being a delegate to the State Congress of Drug Court Associations, he was past president of the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals and a member of the Board of Directors, National Association of Drug Court Professionals. His noteworthy projects included the establishment of a domestic violence court, juvenile victim/offender mediation, supervised child/parent visitation and the adoption registry and juvenile hearing boards. He was a member of the board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Jeremiah was active in civic and professional affairs for over forty years. In July, 2005, he was presented the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ “Judge of the Year Award” for meritorious service to the juvenile courts, children and families of America. The American Bar Association also awarded Jeremiah with the Scripps Howard Foundation’s “Distinguished Service to Literacy Award.” Other recognition included: Office of Justice Programs Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and dedication to young people and their families of Rhode Island; the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Achievement for Youth Award; the Urban League of Rhode Island Community Service Award; Caritas, Inc. award for dedication and commitment to adolescent substance abuse prevention in Rhode Island; Children’s Friend and Service Michelle Norris Memorial Award for outstanding support of work with vulnerable children and families; Giannini Award for outstanding contributions to law-related education in RI; and Advent House, Inc.’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeremiah was an inductee in the Cranston, Rhode Island, Hall of Fame and was also named the 2001 Armenian of the Year by the Armenian Masonic Degree Team. He was also awarded the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland.
Jeremiah received a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. in 1961. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Rhode Island College. He was in the United States Army Reserve from 1957-1967 and was a recipient of the Department of the Army, Commander’s Award for Public Service.
Funeral Thursday at 10am in the Swan Point Cemetery, Historic Chapel, 585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-7 pm in The Butterfield Home & Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ocean Tides School, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.
Candace Saugy - 07/21/2015
My condolences to the family. Chief Judge Jeremiah was a good man who truly cared about people. He will be missed.
Annmarie Pedro - 07/21/2015
My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time.
unknown - 07/21/2015
May he rest in peace.
Bill and Elizabeth - 07/21/2015
Dear Connie Your dear brother was a very special person, God will be pleased to have him by his side .
Paulla and Howard Lipsey - 07/21/2015
The Chief Judge was a true innovator, particularly in the Juvenile field. His vision and energy made the Family Court a leader in the United States Court system.
Our sincere condolences are extended to the Chief's c8b6RFamily.
Larry Roberti - 07/21/2015
Dear Terry and Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on Chief Judge Jeremiah's passing. Please know that I will keep the Judge and all of you in my prayers.
Richard Lepore - 07/21/2015
Jennifer, Jessica, and Julianne.....My deepest condolences. Your father was a great man, a great father, and a great friend. I admired him for the better part of my whole life.
Ray and Barbara Hayden - 07/21/2015
Our sympathy and prayers go to the Jeremiah Family.
Timothy R. Nay - 07/21/2015
Judge Jeremiah was a great man whom I admired and respected. He was a great supporter, neighbor and friend. He has left a legacy not to be forgotten. My sincerest sympathy to Terry and his beloved family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your cherished memories close to your heart and he will always be with you. Rest in peace my friend and Thank You for being you!
Tom Reynolds - 07/22/2015
I worked with Jerry in the early/mid 60s at the Cranston City Hall before moving away to work for the Federal government. I was younger than Jerry and looked up to him and of course valued his opinions. My memories of Jerry are of an enthusiastic, sincere, honest young man who always tried to do his best (and tried hard to persuade others to do the same). Jerry was one of the nice guys you meet in life.
Norman Long - 07/22/2015
Sorry to read of the passing of Jerry. I have found memories of us growing up as cousins. You have been blessed.
judith capace - 07/22/2015
my condolences go to you and your family during this trying time. you are in my prayers
Zelma Long - 07/22/2015
Terry, remembering with much affection your visit with us at Sunken Lake, Nova Scotia, Oct., 2013 and how determined Jerry was to fish off our wharf - which he accomplished with the help of those young assistants.
Our most heartfelt sympathies. Zelma, Chesley, Aaron, Amanda, Conrad (5), Ivan (3)
Todd Gershkowitz - 07/23/2015
On behalf of Todd Gershkowitz and the State Street Global Total Rewards and Shared Service Team we send our condolences.
(In lieu of flowers, the Team has made a donation to the Ocean Tides School).
Alane Downes - 07/23/2015
To the family of the wonderful father, husband and grandfather and highly esteemed judge whom I knew simply as "Uncle Jerry", my thoughts, prayers and love are with you. With deepest sympathy, Alane, Bill, Henry and Isabelle
Fred and Loraine Vincent - 07/25/2015
Dear Jeremiah Family,
Loraine and I offer our most heartfelt sympathy to Teresa, Jennifer, Jessica and Julie on the passing of your wonderful father and husband , our true friend, Jerry Jeremiah. Since our days together in Cranston City government and then at the Statehouse, Jerry was a mentor and model professional. For his loyalty, humor and his wisdom I will be forever grateful. We are so very sorry we could not attend his funeral services but know that he will be in our prayers and hearts for years to come.
Fred and Loraine Vincent
Jean Gustafson Manocchia - 07/25/2015
Dear Jeremish Family,
It was with deep sadness I learned of Jerry's recent passing. He was a wonderful man. Our association goes back to my college days where, as a student of political science, he served as a mentor to me. He was instrumental in my being elected to a seat on the City Council. As a high school teacher of Law education, I could always count on him for words of advice or participation in activities.He was smart, dedicated and always had a smile. I was proud to call him my friend. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.