Gerald Janus

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DANBURY – Gerald “Gerry” Janus, age 70, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at Danbury Hospital after a brief illness.

Gerry was born on Nov. 20, 1953, in Waterbury, the son of the late Frank and Marion (Stahura) Janus. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School, then started in his early career as a printer for AC Hampson Printing & Co. and being a caretaker for Paul Lecca at the Colgate Mansion, which he enjoyed.

Gerry made his transition to a full-time studio musician in 1988, where he worked in studios in Manhattan and Bridgeport. He was a songwriter and also published his own music, played the keyboard, and guitar.

He worked on so many projects over the years, always flying under the radar, but his most notable work was on the soundtrack for the motion picture “Children of the Corn,” with famed composer, Jonathan Elias.

Gerry really appreciated greatness and grew up loving The Beatles, who had a profound influence on his life. He truly had a passion for the renown headliners in the music business, such as The Beatles, Prince, Tommy Emmanuel, Steely Dan, and Elvis Costello.

Left to honor his legacy and cherish his memory are his brother, John Edward Janus and wife Mary; his nephews, Eric, John Sebastian and his wife Barbara; his great-nephew, John Edward II (Jackie); great-niece, Alice Jean; his former wife Eliete Janus, who never left his side in the hospital; and his very best friend, Rich Case.

He was predeceased by his brother Francis Janus.

Funeral services for Gerry were to be private and at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 1987 E. Main St., Waterbury, CT 06705, has been honored to care for Gerry and the Janus family.
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