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Gerald Ladd

Gerald Ernest Ladd

Tuesday, December 4th, 1951 - Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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Obituary

Gerald Ernest Ladd, known by most as Jed, of Arvada, Colorado left this
world with dignity and grace, while holding the hands of his three daughters,
on February 14, 2021 at the age of 69. Born December 4, 1951 in Milo,
Maine, Jed was the youngest of four brothers. Jed had an early passion for
adventure and hospitality that took him outside of the tiny town of Milo, Maine
after high school. Jed earned his Associates Degree at the Southern Maine
Vocational Technical Institute and in 1972 he was the recipient of the
Directors Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Exemplary School
Citizenship. After working some summers in York Beach, Maine, Jed set his
eyes westward. He left Maine in an orange VW van and set forth to travel all
of North America. He used to say that after visiting all 50 states, Canada and
Mexico he drove over the hill on Highway 36 into Boulder Colorado and knew
he had found his new home. Jed lived and worked in the hospitality industry
in Boulder throughout the seventies and early eighties at iconic
establishments like Shannons and the World Famous Dark Horse. He was
later the Vice President for Grand American Fare where he opened, managed
and oversaw restaurants and bars across Colorado and the four corners.
In 1983, Jed was lucky enough to open Laddy’s Restaurant and Saloon. A
pillar of the Arvada community, Laddy’s was a true example of community
during its 13 year existence. Jed was constantly engaged in philanthropy
raising money for organizations like Ginny’s Kids which supported the families
of children with terminal cancer. He was a Board Member for the Northwest
Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Arvada Liquor Licensing
Authority of 12 years. For the last five years Jed helped to manage events at
the Lamar Street Center where he started hosting the 9 News Health Fair
since 2018. In 2019, Jed was awarded the Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Image Award.

Jed knew everyone in Arvada and you couldn’t stop at the grocery store or in
Old Town without bumping into someone who knew him, Laddy’s, or his world
famous hamburgers. He loved to connect with people, had an open heart and
easily accessible demeanor that made people feel right at ease. Everyone’s
favorite bartender, Jed was also an assistant youth basketball coach, an
intermediate yogi and a political enthusiast. He was active in Arvada’s AA club
and sponsored new members on their journey to sobriety. For the last five years, you could find Jed every morning taking his five mile walk along
Ralston Creek with his newest best friend and puppy, Gizmo.

Jed is survived by his three daughters, Jessica, Kristin, and Ashley, his
step-children, Eric, Kelly, Alicia, Titus, and Levi, and his grandchildren,, Oliver,
Adeline, Preston, Jalen, Zach, Jessie, Chase, Kendall, Micheala and Michael.
Jed impacted the lives of hundreds of people and the outpouring of love to
honor him has been felt near and far. As his favorite musician, Bruce
Springsteen once said, “it’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time”
and Jed even though his time was tragically cut too short, he filled his time in
this world with a whole lot of life.

Friends and relatives will be invited to a remembrance of Jed Ladd on Zoom
on March 13, 2021. If you would like to share a story or memory you have of
Jed, please contact his daughter Kristin Ladd. When it is safe to gather a
larger, in person celebration of life will be held. In lieu of flowers, Jed
requested that donations be made to the Arvada Primary Purpose AA
Recovery Center in his honor.
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Tamara Wessel-Stodder

Posted at 11:14am
I spent many "Happy Hours" at Laddy's with the crew from Arvada State Bank and my husband, Jack. We always enjoyed a cold beer on the patio, great food and conversation. Good times.
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Teri Wheeler

Posted at 05:03pm
We met Jed and Gizmo while walking the Ralston Creek Trail. I immediately fell in love with Gizmo, but soon realized that Jed was special, too. He knew how fond I was of Gizmo and always went out of his way to make time for me to get my Gizmo fix.

We knew Jed had medical issues and were concerned when we hadn't seen him in quite a while. We hoped it was just because of the weather. We were greatly saddened to learn of his passing.

Teri & Brian Wheeler

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CJ Esbenson

Posted at 05:28pm
My dearest friend, Jed .... you will always remain in my heart. I love you.
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