Gerald J. “Jerry” Baran, Sr., of Easthampton passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018. He was born in Holyoke on March 20, 1941 to the late Casimir and Mary (Reno) Baran and was a graduate of the former Holyoke Trade School. Jerry was a retired Engineer at the former Parsons Paper in Holyoke. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #90. An avid sports fan, Jerry’s favorite team was the Red Sox. He enjoyed cooking, playing bingo and listening to his Polka music, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. Jerry was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was communicant of the former Mater Dolorosa Parish where he would volunteer at the parish bazaars, spaghetti suppers, and senior luncheons. People could always count on Jerry. He and his wife Sandra (Moran) celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2018. Known as “Papa’ to all, Jerry will be truly missed by his wife Sandra; his children; Kathleen Welch of Easthampton, Cynthia Piubeni of Springfield, Matthew M. Baran and his wife Stephanie of Enterprise, Alabama; his grandchildren; Eric, Aimee, Christopher, Marianne, Audrey, Jared, Savannah, Jacob, Anna and his pride and joy, his great granddaughter, Autumn. He leaves his sisters, Mary Provost of Holyoke and Barbara Dudek and her husband Teddy of Chicopee. Besides his parents, Jerry was predeceased by a son, Gerald J. Baran, Jr., his sisters, Patricia Lepage and her husband Norman, Rita Therrien and her husband Arthur; his brother Ronald and his wife Nona and a brother-in-law, Edward Provost. He also leaves 11 nieces and nephews, including Kathleen Holton and Sheila Moran, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Jerry had the biggest heart and will be truly missed. A private ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.