It’s not often that reading someone’s obituary makes you laugh out loud. But then we will not see the likes of Jerry Girard again soon.
His obituaries are peppered with words like "wry", "acerbic", and "deadpan", but they don’t capture the man or his work. Back in the days before any alleged standup comic could claim to be a sportscaster, or vice versa, Jerry Girard delivered the goods. He was the reason to watch WPIX news in the late ’70’s and ’80’s and nobody else could match his expertise or the verbal gems he delivered almost every night. He didn’t yell, he didn’t gesticulate; he didn’t have to. He simply appealed to our intelligence and our senses of humor.