Trumbull - - First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst offered the following statement on the passing of Jerry McDougall:
"Today, Trumbull has lost one of its most cherished residents and I have lost a mentor and friend. I have known Jerry McDougall my entire life and I consider it one of life's great privileges in knowing him, knowing his family and playing football for him.
When people think about Trumbull's athletic program, they think of Jerry McDougall. Coach McDougall put Trumbull athletics on the map, when he arrived here in the Trumbull Public School System more than four decades ago. As a coach, Jerry McDougall earned a reputation for being a fierce competitor who had the respect of his athletes and his fellow coaches. Coach McDougall did more than coach his athletes. He taught us about respect, teamwork, leadership and perseverance. He often spoke of Trumbull P.A.D.S. - pride, attitude, desire and sacrifice. They are words that all of us have carried with us and applied to our life's work. I am proud to say that I played football for Coach Jerry McDougall.
In a life of good fortune, he valued above all the gracious gift of his wife, Lollie. We take solace in knowing that today Coach McDougall is at peace, free of pain, and reunited with Lollie in heaven."