Jerry McFetridge, a veteran Capitol staffer and labor expert who left his mark on major Democratic legislation, died at his home over the weekend in Clarksburg. He was 72.
McFetridge, a former ranking official at the Building and Construction Trades Council, had tended a successful, 22-acre vineyard in Clarksburg, a town on the edge of the Delta south of Sacramento where he retired.
His wines included Chardonnay, which he bottled himself called “Everyday Chardonnay” – a favorite among Clarksburg residents.
Friends also said he also had an unusual request: He hoped to have his ashes shot out of a cannon over his vineyard.
McFetridge, a mountain bike and hiking enthusiast, had traveled to several countries to pursue trails. He reportedly planned a bicycle trip in Vietnam at the end of the month.
An ardent environmentalist, he also led efforts to restore the World War I-era “Victory Trees” at Freeport south of Sacramento.
McFetridge is survived by his five children: Duncan, a lobbyist; Milan, Britton, Matthew and Margaux; and three grand children — Jack, Finnigan and Britton.