Needham Selectman Jerry Wasserman Dies at 65 [Updated]

Selectman Chair Wasserman passed at home Thursday afternoon.


Earlier today, Board of Selectmen Chairman Jerry Wasserman died at home, aged 65. 

He joined the Board in 1999, and was a member of Needham's School Committee before that, Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick writes in an email. He has also served on a number of other committees around town.

Selectman John Bulian said that Wasserman was a friend for many years. 

"He will be sorely missed," he added.

Beyond his town duties, Wasserman played with a folk band, Jerry and the Great Experiment, and had recorded a live album last July. Music was a passion of his.

Bulian told Patch that the funeral ceremony is at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Temple Beth Shalom here in Needham.

According to the Globe's YourTown Needham, Wasserman was battling cancer. 

[Update: Patch spoke with Selectman Bulian and updated the story accordingly. 4:28 p.m.]

Michael L.Verdun March 01, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Jerry was a great friend of the Town of Needham and will be missed. May he rest in peace and we thank him and his family for his service over the years to the town.
Martin Spurling March 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Jerry Wasserman. When I visited Needham in 2011, as Mayor of Needham Market UK, to help celebrate Needhams 300yr celebrations, my wife and I met Jerry a number of times. He was very witty and amusing and had us in stiches when he talked of his student days and his Jewfro hairstyle! and sang us one of his amusing songs. Our thoughts are with his family and with Needham at this time. Martin Spurling.


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