PRESQUE ISLE – Jerry J. Hirsch died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at the V.A. hospital, Caribou, after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Jerry was born Aug. 22, 1931, to Oscar and Edna Fletcher Hirsch of Wheeling, W.Va. Jerry will be remembered for his brash sense of humor, his steadfast loyalty to his family and his love and pride for his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was judgmental and was not known to hold back his opinion, as those who worked with him at Northern Maine Raceway may have discovered. One of his true loves was Maine Harness Racing and he exercised his expertise as an associate judge for more than 30 seasons of racing at Presque Isle, Skowhegan, Unity and Bangor Raceways. Jerry was a veteran of the 74th Fighter Interceptor Squadron for the U.S. Air Force. He worked 29 years for Sears Roebuck, Presque Isle, where he received numerous awards for Outstanding Salesmanship. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Glenna Gooding Hirsch of Presque Isle; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Kim Hirsch, and their two sons, Matthew and Nathan, of Hollis Center; his daughter, Carlene Hirsch, and her daughter, Hannah, of Bangor; and his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Shawn Goulet, and their two children, Brenden and Kate, of Presque Isle. Additionally, Jerry is survived by several family members in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Aroostook County; his mother-in-law, Gladys Bean Gooding; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Gooding; and his two favorite nieces, Alison Gooding of Houlton and Debra Witthuhn of Wheeling, W.Va. Serving as senior deacon, Jerry was a member of United Church of Christ, Presque Isle, where a celebration of his life will take place 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. All friends and family are invited to participate. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Congregational Church of Presque Isle. Those that wish to honor him privately, please attempt a handy-man project, then hire a professional to repair what you’ve done. Condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com