Memorials: Remembering Someone Special

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is honored to accept donations in memory of a cherished family member or friend. In many cases, the deceased or his/her family have established a fund to specifically support a particular work or organization that was particularly meaningful to the deceased. Below is a selection of the most recently established memorial funds that you may choose, or you may search for another fund or interest area by using the search tool.

You can make any donation in memory or honor of someone by noting such in the Comments section of the donation form for any fund you choose. If you’d like us to acknowledge your donation to someone other than the fundholder, please provide the contact information for the recipient in the comment box as well.

Jerry D. Watson

Jerry Watson was born on September 7, 1940 in Phenix City, AL, and died on August 7, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL as a result of COVID complications. He was surrounded by his loving family in his final hours.

Growing up, Jerry had a passion for sports and was a star athlete on the field. He played football for Central High School, earning the school’s Most Sportsmanship Award. Jerry attended Auburn University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jerry began his professional career with Dupont Technologies in Chattanooga, TN, and later in Wilmington, DE. In 1971, Jerry moved to Jacksonville to join Barnett Bank of Florida. He enjoyed a rewarding career in banking until his retirement in 2014.

During his career, Jerry served on the Board of numerous non-profit organizations. Jerry loved the community he lived and worked in and supported any opportunity to give back.

Jerry always emphasized the importance of a good education as the foundation of your future success. In memory of our loving husband, father, and Papa, the family has established a scholarship fund in his name to benefit a Duval County student wishing to attend Auburn University.

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Tristyn Bailey 

Tristyn Bailey

The Tristyn Bailey Memorial Fund

The Tristyn Bailey Memorial Fund was established to honor the vibrant life of Tristyn Bailey. At just 13 years old, Tristyn was an inspiration to those around her. She was a loving daughter, sister, and friend; a dedicated student and an avid cheerleader constantly supporting and encouraging those around her. Tristyn was dedicated to achieving her goals whether it be in academics or mastering her back tuck for cheerleading. She was also dedicated to helping others achieve their goals by providing encouraging words and sharing her time to help them out or giving a big hug when needed. This fund will be used to continue to spread Tristyn's light, love and passion for helping others.

Fly High Tristyn - you will live forever in our hearts and minds!

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George H. Dorion

George Dorion

George H. Dorion, PhD passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Dorion was an internationally respected research leader in photo-chemistry, polymer systems, anaerobic waste digestion/ disposal, fermentation and distillation processes, and product development. He began his career as Senior Research Chemist  in the USAF Aeronautical Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and came to Jacksonville in the mid-70s to open and lead Bacardi-Castleton Beverage Corporation, from which he retired in 1995. Among his many philanthropic interests, George and his wife Dottie established scholarships at The Community Foundation for dependents of employees of Bacardi Bottling Corporation Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the George and Dottie Dorion Scholarship Fund for Bacardi Jacksonville, FL.

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Dennis Ackerman

Dennis Ackerman

Dennis Ackerman was born on March 30, 1946 in Baltimore and died on March 21, 2021 in St. Augustine Beach of metastatic esophageal cancer surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis had a multi-decade research career in the Pharmaceutical industry. He received degrees from the University of Maryland (B.S.) and University of Florida College of Medicine (Ph.D.), and had a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. Along the way, he made many friends, especially his loving companion and wife Ginger (Virginia) of 42 years. He maintained an active lifestyle with daily trips to the gym and thoroughly enjoyed his favorite sports teams starting with the Baltimore Colts in the late 1950’s and the University of Maryland and University of Florida basketball and football teams. Those left to cherish his memories are his devoted brother Dr. Neil Ackerman and a multitude of compassionate and loving family and friends.

Contributions to the Virginia ‘Ginger’ Ackerman Scholarship Fund will benefit college students in St. Johns County.

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Joan Amery Van Vleck 

Joan Van Vleck

Joan Amery Van Vleck passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Joan was a founding member and a past president of the Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation. She was very committed to issues concerning women and girls, and was instrumental and supportive in the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Joan was a master gardener and has been very involved in Bird Island and Memorial Park in Riverside. The family gratefully suggests donations to the Women's Endowment Fund or the Memorial Park Association Endowment, both of which can be accessed below on the Donation Form.

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For all other funds, search by key word or fund name in the box, and select a Fund from the results. If you can't locate a fund or need assistance, call our office at (904) 356-4483.

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