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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Gerald “Jay” Vukcevic

1/07/1952 - 4/09/2024

Gerald “Jay” Vukcevic, age 72 of Mentor, passed away April 9th, 2024 at The Cleveland Clinic Mentor Hospital after a long and valiant battle with Parkinsons.

 He was born January 7th, 1952 in Cleveland to the late Ted and Mary Vukcevic.

Jay was a retired Euclid Fireman for The City of Euclid Fire Dept. He also owned and operated Jay’s Moving Co. for many years.

Jay will be remembered as kindhearted, generous, loving and caring. He enjoyed golfing, spending time in Florida with his twin brother Jim and friends, watching Jeopardy and most of all being Grandpa Jay!

Jay was the loving husband for 24 years to Arlene Vukcevic (nee Anderson); dearest father of Cristy (Evan) Rosendahl, Annette (Jeffrey) Kramer and Sharon Zdesar; beloved grandfather of Magnus Rosendahl, Grayson and Dylan Kramer; Cooper and Mack Zdesar; brother of Terry (Theresa) Vukcevic and twin brother of Jim (DeeDee) Vukcevic; uncle to many nieces and nephews.

The Vukcevic family will receive friends from 3:00 – 8:00 PM Monday, April 15th at the Jeff Monreal Funeral Home, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, April 16th at Divine Word Catholic Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland. Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Twp.

In lieu of flowers, all donations will be given to the Connie DeLuca Scholarship, make the check out to Local 337, 7680 Marewood Place, Painesville, OH  44077.

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23 Replies to “Gerald “Jay” Vukcevic”

  1. Terry & Doug Uchbar April 11, 2024 at 8:46 pm

    May you rest in peace, Jay. You will be missed. Condolences to the family.


  2. Arlene
    This is Rocio from Naples. Lee Ann and Mike friend. Receive our condolences. May God receive your husband in heaven.
    Praying for you.
    Rocio Turrin


  3. Jay was a friend to all who knew him and he would be there for you anytime. If you forgot somebody’s name or phone number just ask Jay . He was a ringer at trivia. As a firefighter 🧑🏽‍🚒 he was the best and you could count on him in any situation that came up . He was a joy to be with and he will truly be missed. Rest in peace my friend. 🙏🙏🙏🚒🚒🚒


  4. I have only known Jay for less than 5 years, but with his sweet smile and great hugs we became fast friends. We went to Everblades hockey games, swamp buggy races and lots of social get togethers. His eyes lit up every time he saw us come in and whether it was in Ohio or Naples we always had wonderful visits. Thank you Jay for being a good friend. Love you. ❤️❤️


  5. Diana and John Stephenson April 12, 2024 at 2:58 am

    A good man, loved by all. He will be sadly missed, but not forgotten. Rest in peace Jay.

    “Jay has sown into the soil of his life the good seeds of family, friendship,
    generosity, loyalty, caring and kindness and has watered it well with love.”

    Sincere condolences to family at this time of sadness.
    In thought and prayer.

    Cousin Diana


  6. Alex Vukcevic and Family April 12, 2024 at 11:55 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Vukcevic family. Though we only met a handful of times it was always like we grew up together. You always made people very comfortable around you. As you made this world better with you in it you will be sadly missed.


  7. Oh, Jay. RIP dear friend.


  8. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that you have my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.


  9. Debbie & Dave Sivert April 14, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    Our deepest sympathies, we were neighbors with Jay back in the 80’s, what a nice guy. Rest in peace Jay.


  10. Played softball with Jay and his brother many years ago. Sorry to hear this terrible news.


  11. Jay was an inspiration to everyone. A truly kind and considerate friend even through all his maladies. I have many fond memories. “Jay,I will miss you”


  12. J it was a pleasure Is being your caregiver here in naples. I enjoyed watching movies with you.
    And eating potato chips with you. Rest in peace wonderful man miss lisa loves you always You are resting in heaven


  13. Luv ya brother……


  14. Al & Jan Bindokas April 14, 2024 at 11:59 pm

    Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to the entire Vukcevic family. Jay was such a great guy and everyone that had the privilege to know him is feeling the pain of losing him. We hope the many memories you hold in your hearts will sustain you in the days to come. As we on earth mourn his loss I know those souls in Heaven rejoice and exclaim “he’s here, he’s here!”


  15. I’m the daughter of firefighter
    Wm T Hunt… Anneliese… we were all family/brotherhood!!! Jay you were one of a kind and Arlene no words to describe, you ❤️. Rest in peace Jay you will be missed by so many. 🤗🙏🏻✝️


  16. Ray F "Buddy" Tomorowitz April 15, 2024 at 6:35 pm

    Rest easy old friend and neighbor. Founding member of “Shane Night”. You will be missed.


  17. Jay was an amazing friend
    An awesome Firefighter and would help any one any time
    You will be missed


  18. Charlie & Kelly Bergeon April 16, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Rest in Peace Jay . You will be missed by many . Condolences to the family.


  19. Ken & Teri Davis April 16, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    Our prayers go out to you and your family. Rest in peace.


  20. WE ALL KNOW IT!!! April 17, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    Footprints in the Sand: Jay and Jim

    One night I dreamed a dream.
    As I was walking along the beach of Lake Erie
    with my twin brother Jim, said Jay.

    Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
    For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
    One belonging to me and one to Jim.

    After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
    especially at my most challenging and difficult times,
    there was only one set of footprints.

    This really troubled me, so I wondered about it.

    My brother Jim whispered to me and said:
    My brother, I love you and will never leave you.
    Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
    When you saw only one set of footprints
    it was then that I carried you


  21. Jay- Thank you for the undeserved but much appreciated show of kindness you gave to me in a time of true need. You’re a generous and compassionate soul; rest in peace and be at home with the angels.


  22. Ken and Karen Mitchell April 25, 2024 at 11:05 pm


    Sorry about Jay’s passing. We just learned today. He was one of the nicest people I ever met. I remember playing basketball with Jay in his back yard while Jimmy worked on his car. He was also one of the strongest men to ever move furniture. God bless you, Jay and your entire family.


  23. Darlene Vukcevic April 25, 2024 at 11:11 pm

    As time passes, we filter through our memories. Jay, you were always in those memories. As I watched you through the years you have always been a warrior to all…embracing me with a big hug or the widest of smiles. We all know you fought the hardest of battles…God Bless you. Thank you and hugs to you in heaven.


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