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ROMEO

ROMEO

Gerald Blaise, 84, passed to His Lord on Friday, June 7, 2019. He leaves his wife of 35 years, Linda (nee Ujobai) Romeo. He is survived by his sister Dolores Greenstein, a niece Barbara (Barbs) Hammond and he husband Rick, a nephew Mark (Scooch) Romeo and his wife Jane and their wonderful children. A nephew Willy, a brother Tony and sister-in-law Marcia and sister-in-law June preceded Jerry in death. Jerry’s beautiful life will forever be cherished by his devoted nieces Amanda and Melissa and nephew Jo Jo, sister-in-law Evie and brother-in-law Joe and many friends.
“Romes” began his social work career in New York City working with juvenile gangs and foster children through Angel Guardian Homes. He also spent time at the New York Stock Exchange.
His Philadelphia relationships began in the late 70’s when he accepted the position of Director of the South Philadelphia Community Center. Jerry guided the direction of the clubs with his bigger than life personality and his consummate professionalism. It was there that he met Mike Walker and developed many new 40 plus year friendships.
When the executive directorship of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Club became available it was obvious Jerry Romeo was the perfect choice. He chose to adopt our city as his home but Philadelphia adopted Jerry, and in the process, he worked with some of Philadelphia’s most influential leaders and therefore succeeded in attaining the apex of his social work career.
Jerry earned the title “Father Fatima” because he took the time to listen before offering his sage advice.
His retirement was spent at his beloved beach house with his family and friends. Jer loved nothing more than being surrounded by the people he loved while eating, drinking, and most of all laughing. A very dear friend from New York City noted that Jerry’s contagious laugh caused others to laugh right alongside him He was always up for an adventure whether it was tubing on the river, losing his toupee in the ocean, playing a “quiet” game of acey deucey in the ski chaletor, or making up fake words in scrabble. “Romes” was a free spirit and accordingly chose to dance his way through life.
Jerry’s friends and relative are invited to his visitation on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:00am at the Stolfo Funeral Home, 2536 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19145. Service will begin at 10:00.
In lieu of flowers donations to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, 3925 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19104 are appreciated.

14 Comments

  • Fredda June 11, 2019 1:33 pm

    What a wonderful friend you were. A hole will be in my heart and life.

  • silvia puglia June 11, 2019 6:05 pm

    I am sad in your passing but honored to have work for you. You have been there for me and countless others.
    You are loved. You have touched so many lives. You will never be forgotten. My friend, until we meet again!
    Silvia

  • Trish Martin June 11, 2019 8:22 pm

    I will cherish our friendship , dear friend , forever and a day 💖 u will be missed deeply but never forgotten 🙏🏼

  • Susie Taylor June 11, 2019 10:50 pm

    May his memory be for a blessing

  • Ed Mishrell June 12, 2019 3:45 pm

    Jerry lived a great life. He was a great leader, friend and teacher. I learned so much from him. He made a difference for thousands; he brought out the best in everyone; and and had more fun than anybody I know. I can still hear him laughing. I cherish many wonderful memories and will miss him greatly.

  • Eta Glassman June 13, 2019 3:57 pm

    At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia was an inspiration for me, a great boss and a good friend. He was good at math, I was not. We loved working together and delighted in helping our kids achieve a better life. I will miss having breakfast with him and sharing our stories.

  • Leah Weisburd June 14, 2019 1:59 pm

    Our friendship began in the 60’s in Brooklyn, NY and continued to Philadelphia. He loved to dance even after the music stopped, laughed until your sides split, listened to your stories & offering (most of the time) good advice, and sharing his. There are so many memories that I will hold dear to my heart! Go on your next journey my friend & bring joy to all you meet & keep an eye on my son Mark as you have done in the past.

  • Michael & Ed June 14, 2019 11:10 pm

    Jerry was a wonderful man. He will be sorely missed.

  • Judy Ujobai June 15, 2019 2:36 pm

    Such a sweet and kind man. He will be missed by many. Sending love and strength to Linda and the family.

  • Marlene Werts June 15, 2019 2:36 pm

    Linda, I was sorry to hear that Gerry had passed. You know I was pulling for my buddy. I will truly miss him. Marlene, aka Marilyn, frfom Langguth’s Gift Shop

  • Rick Fisher June 16, 2019 11:44 pm

    I so wish that I could be there tomorrow as I loved Jerry. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many.May he RIP.

  • Rick Fisher June 16, 2019 11:47 pm

    I will miss Jerry. He was a wonderful man and friend to many. God bless his soul and may he RIP

  • Cindy Sabatino June 17, 2019 2:44 pm

    Saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing. He was a warm and generous man who truly cared for all people. Condolences to his loving family and beloved Linda.

  • Vincent June 4, 2021 6:43 pm

    Today I thought of Jerry and decided to look him up to say hello. I was stunned to learn that he left us 2 years ago. R.I.P. my dear friend

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