James F. Jerome, 83, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Summit Village, where he was a resident.
Mr. Jerome was born on April 18, 1930, in Syracuse. He was the son of James S. Jerome and Esther "Pat" Jerome. Jim graduated from Solvay High School in 1948. He received a football scholarship to attend Cornell University.
Graduating in 1951, Jim received AP-Honorable Mention All -American honors, as a defensive tackle. He was also a member of the All -Ivy League 1st Team, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the ROTC program.
Jim received his masters degree in education from Syracuse University in 1957. He played pro football in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Rough Riders.
In 1952, as a US Army 2nd Lieutenant , Jim played football for the US Army team at Ft. Lee and Ft. Rucker. He ended his US Army career, retiring from the 1209th Reserve Unit, as a Lt. Colonel.
He married Susanne Montgomery, the mother of his children. She died in 1969. His second wife, Shirley Jones, also passed away. He was currently married to Marion Eichorn. Mrs. Jerome lives in Watertown.
Mr. Jerome was a history teacher at West Genesee High School in Syracuse from 1957 -1963. He coached football at West Genesee High School, Marcellus High School and Queens University Kingston, Ontario.
In 1963, he was hired as a history professor and physical education instructor, as part of the original faculty of Jefferson Community College, first on Lansing Street in the old Lansing Street School.
After retiring from JCC, Jim was employed as a civilian at Fort Drum for a number of years. He was a member of the NRA, Kelly Hill & Twin Ponds Hunting Clubs, Grange, a number of historical societies and participated in many archeological digs and events.
Surviving are two sons, James L. (Susan), Syracuse, Jeffrey D. (Anna), Winchester VA; a daughter, Ellen M. Capone (Patrick), Clear Brook VA; a sister, Mary Lou Jerome Kennedy, Raleigh NC; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday 4-7 pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 am at the funeral home with Pastor John Petit. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Jefferson Community Foundation, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601.
Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.
Monday, April 21, 2014, Watertown, NY
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