• WARREN E. “PAT” JEROME

    October 23, 2020

    Warren E. “Pat” Jerome, of Chittenango died peacefully at home on October 23 surrounded by his loving family. In March, Pat celebrated his 90th birthday with a last party before lockdown and on September 2nd he and his wife, Louise, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

    Pat was born on March 15, 1930 to George and Helen Jerome of Fayetteville.  Pat’s family moved many times within the Fayetteville and Dewitt area during the Depression. He loved telling stories of he and his friends playing baseball, fishing in the Erie Canal, and playing in the snow when he lived on Lyndon Road.  He always had a job, even as a kid. He mowed lawns, delivered newspapers, shoveled snow, and picked dandelions from lawns for 5 cents a piece. In high school he worked as a ‘soda jerk’ at Dewitt Pharmacy, as the Dewitt playground director, and coached the Town of Fayetteville’s summer baseball team. A 1948 graduate of Fayetteville High School, he was the catcher on the varsity baseball team and his teammates became life-long friends. He actively maintained those friendships late into his life and organized annual reunion weekends for his class that included other classes as years went on.  Encouraged by his high school baseball coach, Pat was the first of his family to attend college.  Prior to college, he worked for a year on the railroad in East Syracuse to save up for tuition where he became a cut-throat pitch player, as anyone who played pitch with him can attest.  While in university, he worked nights at the Acme Market warehouse unloading produce trucks. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University, both in education. Following his first graduation from Syracuse University he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps. He served at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He was a guard at the naval prison for a year and then was promoted to sergeant in charge of the supply depot.  He developed a love of the New England coast and returned there to vacation nearly every summer with his family. He returned to Syracuse after his service and sought a job as a social studies teacher at Eastwood High School. Hired on the spot for his ability to coach, he relished coaching JV basketball and varsity baseball teams. In 1959, his Eastwood baseball team won the all-city championship played at MacArthur Stadium. Pat accepted his first job in education administration at Chittenango High School as vice principal in 1961.  He spent the next 24 years at Chittenango Central Schools, which he considered his life work.  As principal, he initiated the athletic and music booster clubs, fostered an exceptional staff, installed lights on the athletic fields,  built a concession stand, and provided cutting edge technology to the AV staff, building piece by piece a better district and by extension the community surrounding it.  He loved working with students, faculty, and staff, many of whom became life-long colleagues and friends. From 1976 to 1985 he served as superintendent of schools, where he worked to improve curriculum; he was one of the first to implement Title IX programs that ensured girls sports, completed two major building projects, and successfully completed Middle States Accreditation for the whole district - a high achievement at the time for such a small, rural district. He was a Lion since 1956 and was charter president of the Chittenango Lions Club which he had worked to establish in 1972.   He established, and was a regular attendant at, the annual Christmas tree sale at Stickles Park whose gazebo is the product of a Lions club project that he spearheaded.  He and Louise made their yearly rounds selling calendars in town, a sure sign of early summer. He earned the Melvin Jones award, the highest level of recognition of Lions International. Throughout his retirement Pat continued to dedicate his life to family and community. He was a loyal fan of his grandchildren and attended games, musicals and concerts as often as he could. He and Louise were active members of the Chittenango Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, chairman of the building committee, served communion, greeted and ushered well into his eighties. Pat served on the Chittenango Village Board and for several years was their budget advisor; he was a member of the Town of Sullivan Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the committee that established Chittenango’s recycling program.  He was active in the Republican party until recent years.  He was campaign manager for Assemblyman ‘Jack’ McCann, a “job” he thoroughly enjoyed.  He was an active member of several Oz Fest events and committees and enjoyed hosting the visiting Munchkin Coroner for 18 years at his home. He was a life member of the American Legion, Emerald City Marine Corps League, and an active member of the American Cancer Society of Madison County.  He was an enthusiastic president of the Fayetteville High School Alumni Association for 15 years.  He loved to golf; he and Louise were members of Cazenovia Country Club for well over 30 years.  Both participated together in various tournaments and medaled in the Empire State Senior games. He and Louise were fortunate to spend their winter months in Naples, Florida for over 30 years.  They enjoyed playing golf, participating in Naples Lions Club, making new friends, and entertaining family and friends seeking respite from the cold, northern winters. They also traveled widely throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia and Africa. Pat’s retirement was as rich and rewarding as his professional career, full of friends, activities, and volunteer work. All who knew Pat will remember him as a fun-loving, positive person who loved good conversation and the company of others.  His attention to detail is legend - even for casual get togethers and vacations. His Snow Village was a favorite with his grandchildren and community members would bring their kids to see it, too. He always had a camera and made sure everyone got copies of the events they shared with him.  He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Field. He is survived by his brother Kenneth Jerome of Liverpool, wife Louise Tracy Jerome, children Brian (Stephanie) Jerome of Brandon, VT, Susan (David) Daly of Manlius, Traci (Timothy) McIntosh of Chittenango, grandchildren Louisa, Andrew and Benjamin Jerome, Seamus and Daniel Daly, and Michael, Jennie and Thomas McIntosh.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Chittenango Lions, First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango, All Things OZ Museum of Chittenango, or Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.  The family also thanks Peace at Homecare and Hospice of CNY. Due to COVID guidelines and for the safety of everyone, there will be drive-by calling hours Saturday, November 7th at Chittenango High School from 1-3pm. Enter at Lake Street school and exit the Rte. 5 side of the high school.  In addition, a celebration of his life is planned for late spring of 2021, when we can hopefully all gather safely.

                                                 G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

                                      CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366

     

     

     

     

  • 4 comments

    To Louise, Brian, Traci, Susan, and the grandchildren. Oh my, what a guy your Dad/Grampa was to all of us. He was so kind to our family when we met over the years, and really Pat and Louise, the kids were a part of our Hughes family. Our Dad and your Dad had so much in common, and they were best buddies through all the years of school administration, helping Chittenango schools be successful, holidays, and being neighbors all those years. We all had tears today, sorry that we lost a real good man, friend. Now the Lord will have him forever, and he will be back with our Dad, Jack McCann and other friends, cracking jokes, playing golf, and reminiscing about all the fun things they did with their families and community. God bless Louise and family. Don't ever hesitate to reach out to us. Love Joe, Cindy, and the kids

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    Such a great man. Such a loss for family, friends and community. I will remember our times together fondly. My sincerest condolences.

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    Louise and family, we send our sincere sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Patty and Howie

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    My sincere condolences to the entire Jerome family. Pat was a wonderful person and his legacy lives on through the love he gave to his family, friends and community. May God provide you comfort during your time of sorrow.

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