Paul C. Jerrard
April 20, 1965 – February 15, 2023
VISITATION begins Wednesday, February 22nd at 10am at the West Center Chapel, followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 12noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to one of the following charitable organizations.
- XCancer Foundation LLC; a check can be mailed to 17607 Gold Plaza, Omaha, 68130, or a physical donation is available at the public visitation
- University of Nebraska-Omaha Hockey [Link to be added]
The family requests that the funeral service and visitation be limited to friends and family. A public reception will be held at Baxter Arena after the funeral, starting at 2pm. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
“My purpose is to motivate the unmotivated, educate the uneducated, and provide compassion to those in need.” Paul Jerrard’s purpose in life was one of service to those in any need, whether that be in the game of hockey or in life. His goal was to have a positive impact on everyone he met.
Paul Jerrard, loving husband, father, mentor, and coach, passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Paul was born on April 20, 1965, to John and Merline Jerrard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was one of 4 siblings and grew up in Winnipeg. In 1983, Paul met and fell in love with Cheryl Connell, and they were married on August 5, 1989. He and Cheryl had two beautiful daughters, Catherine in 1993 and Meaghan in 1997.
While Paul’s love of hockey grew like any young child growing up in Canada would, he channeled his love for the game into an extreme work ethic. He started his hockey career in 1969, and without taking any shortcuts, Paul found his way from amateur to professional to coach by 1997. His work ethic was only furthered by his passion for helping propel his players, friends, family, and acquaintances to be their best version of themselves. Throughout his life, he experienced many wins, losses, championships, up and downs, but his greatest achievement will always be the countless lives he positively impacted.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his mother, Merline; his two daughters, Catherine and Meaghan; as well as his three siblings: Paulette, Michelle, and Denise.
Paul Jerrard, a titan of the game of hockey, had a mentality of making the world and those in it better than they are today.
The Jerrard family would like to thank Paul’s devoted medical team at X-Cancer, Dr. Luke Nordquist, Sarah Meier, and the medical staff, in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, the family would like to thank those who cared for him at Methodist Hospital. Paul leaves behind a legacy of humility, generosity, passion, sincerity, and authenticity as a father, husband, coach, and friend. He was a remarkable human who will be dearly missed.