OBITUARY

Jerome Klein

May 20, 1941December 23, 2020

Jerome (“Jerry”) H. Klein May 20, 1941 - December 23, 2020 La Jolla, CA With deep sadness, we report that Jerry H. Klein passed away at age 79 on December 23, 2020. Jerry’s memorial guestbook will be available soon for personal responses on the website for El Camino Memorial Encinitas. A virtual celebration of his life is being planned. An attentive husband, family man, and respected merchant, Jerry Klein is survived by his wife and devoted business partner, Janet L. Klein of La Jolla. Three siblings survive him: Thomas Klein; Kathleen Marinelli; Nancy Klein; and Mary Halmay, Three daughters mourning Jerry’s passing are: Laura Zeller; Michelle Klein; and Carrie Klein, all of San Diego County. Seven grandchildren will remember GRANDPA’s loving attention. Although Jerry was blessed with his first great grand-daughter he didn’t have a chance to hold. She too would have embraced his company. Multiple cousins, nieces, and nephews had close relationships with Jerry, now lost. Business associates will miss the socially gregarious Jerry, whom they affectionately identified as “The Mayor of Bird Rock” where Jerry and Janet maintained a business for 22 years.

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Sandra Delehanty

January 19, 2021

Jerry was my brother-in-law, married to my sister, Janet.
What I remember from my visits to their home:
He smelled great when he greeted me in a hug on arrival... fabulous cologne, always.
And when it was time for me to depart, he never let me leave empty-handed... he would give me something that was a part of his home and himself. A remembrance.

Marilyn Bayzid

January 14, 2021

Jerry was such an icon in our community and EVERYBODY loved him. He was kind, generous, funny, handsome and the love of Janet Kleins life. He was a mentor when I opened my business and became a friend who I adored. He loved his family sooo much and talked of them often. He also loved working and it was rare to not find him at his store. Some of my best memories are laughing hysterically with him at his store. Sending love to all his family and friends ❤

Pamela Skalicky

January 13, 2021

What a "great man" our Jerry was! One of a kind, unique, hard working, generous, and a friend to thousands! He welcomed so many into his life with his smile, willingness to help and share all that he had to give! He will be missed, his smile and laughter, and his love! Rest in peace dear friend, thanks for the memories! 🙏🙏🙏💙💙💙

Cyndi Salinas

January 13, 2021

Janet so sorry for Jerry's passing. I remember the tuxedo days where he could always bring laughter and a smile during any crisis we were having. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
My deepest sympathy,
Love Cyndi

Vince Gumina

January 13, 2021

I will forever keep my grandfather Jerry in my thoughts. He has always helped facilitate family gatherings, spontaneous (and embarassing) grocery store trips, and plenty of football sundays that would extend into overnight movie marathons.

He was known and appreciated by local businesses all around town- one of blockbuster videos' most frequent customers and a character presence worthy of a movie star quality the likes of John Candy- though much more handsome. He helped teach me proper formalities with respect to greetings, strong handshakes and how to dress formally for important events. He shared these tips and tools with many friends my age, as they all would visit his tuxedo shop to look fly for their upcoming school dance or wedding party.

I'd always come in a day or two before the event and though bothered by my lack of foresight, but with love, he and gma Janet would oblige to refit me for a suit perfectly... "see you sunday" I would say. "you're gonna work this one off", was the answer sometimes.

Never in vain, we were taught through scrubbing shoes and shirt collars work ethic before algebra. I'd never leave his presence without a full belly, a pocket of candy or a 20 dollar bill. Just as serious he was funny, a commanding presence and a great grandfather.

Janet Klein

January 13, 2021

All my years, continued days , every minute I will hold this beautiful man, my husband in my heart, I love you and miss you deeply.

Maureen Lontoc

January 13, 2021

Jerry you will be forever missed. Over the last 30 years you have played an intricate part in my famalies lives and we will forever be grateful for knowing you. My dear Janet may you find peace in knowing your love story was one of a kind the kind people dream to have one day. RIP to our dear friend.
Maureen and Jason Chicago

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FROM THE FAMILY