Mr. Herbert E. Pierce, 82, of Gloversville, passed away December 21, 2012. He was born December 2, 1930, in Gloversville, son of the late Nelson and Irene Pierce. Mr. Pierce was educated in the former Berkshire schools and was self-employed in the family business, Herb Pierce Roofing & Building, until his retirement. Herb also had served in the National Guard in his earlier years.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life. He was previously a devoted member of the Pleasant Square Fire Department and the Mayfield School Board of Education. In addition to the roofing and building business, Herb also owned and operated the Mr. Softee ice cream and restaurant in Mayfield in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Mr. Pierce is survived by his loving wife, Jennie Gentile Pierce of Gloversville, whom he married June 21, 1953. Herb leaves five children: Karen Thomas (Mark) of Gloversville, Jolynn Pierce of Mayfield, Jeanette Manning (Ron) of Norfolk, Mass., Edward Pierce (Sharon) of Gloversville, and Mark Pierce of Amsterdam. Herb also is survived by 11 grandchildren: Amanda Rose, Kristen Willis, Jamie Pierce, Lindsay Philipps, Jeremy Pierce, Megan Thomas, Zachary Pierce, Ciara Holden, Kendall Manning, Cole Manning and Emma Pierce; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville. There will be no calling hours. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.