Gerald Martin Amero
September 23, 1938 – March 31, 2021
Raymond, ME- Gerald M. “Jerry” Amero died peacefully on March 31, 2021.
He was born in Rumford, Maine on September 23, 1938, the eldest son of Frank Amero and Mona Bedard Amero. He was born on the day that the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 reached Maine, portending an interesting and impactful life.
Even as a young boy growing up in Auburn, Maine, he had an incredible work ethic, finding jobs wherever he could. He had a paper route, picked blueberries, and snuck out of the house at night to operate a cider press. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1956, where he excelled at academics and athletics. He quarterbacked the football team, establishing rushing records as an option style quarterback and was chosen as one of the two delegates from Maine Boys State to participate in Boys Nation in 1956. He received a BA from Harvard College in 1960 and a law degree from Cornell University in 1963.
Shortly after law school, Jerry joined the Portland, Maine law firm now known as Pierce Atwood where he worked for more than forty years. He was a renowned lawyer and was respected by colleagues and clients for his integrity, insight and character. He was a specialist in Public Utility Law and later in his career he worked with the governments of Albania and Moldova to establish a legal framework to privatize their utility industries.
In 1961 he married Jane Adams and together they raised a family of three children in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Despite working long hours, he was a constant and enthusiastic presence at his kid’s hockey games, swim meets, and other activities. He would often wake the kids up early on Sunday morning and announce that we were going on an “adventure”, which usually involved crisscrossing the State of Maine with no particular plan - but was always memorable.
In 2003 Jerry married Montserrat Ginés Gibert of Barcelona Spain and they have spent the last twenty years splitting their time between peaceful Sebago Lake in Raymond, Maine and cosmopolitan Barcelona. In Spain, he enjoyed exploring smaller towns and the local food culture with Montse’s six siblings.
Jerry had many passions in his life and always went all in on his hobbies and interests. He loved art and bought paintings when he could not afford furniture. He had an insatiable interest in history and ancestry. He loved to travel and embraced the culture of new places he visited, providing a way to connect with people. He visited China and came back with amazing art and artifacts. He worked in Louisiana and immersed himself in Cajun music and Cajun humor – he had a full repertoire of lengthy Thibodeaux jokes. He married Montse and embraced the Barça football team and Spanish wines, especially Priorats.
His greatest passion, however, was family. His heart was so big, and he loved his family endlessly, always thinking of others and making the effort to spend time with everyone. He had special relationships with many extended family members and his love and compassion will be sorely missed.
In recent years, he was writing a book titled Sixty Years “On the Rim” in Arctic Alaska about his Great Uncle who lived in the wilderness of the Yukon Territory well into his nineties. He completed about 70 pages and the dedication reads “To my Great Uncle Alfred who endured for one hundred years and my grandchildren: Janie, Zachary, Luke, Xander, Drew, Emery, and Indiana, my step-children: Ben and Clara, may they be happy and endure as long and well pursuing their own dreams”.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Montserrat, his three children, two stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and his first wife Jane Amero. He is also survived by his brother Tim Amero and his wife Claire. His children in birth order: Scott Amero, his wife Karen, and their children Janie (husband Jonathan Willén), Zachary, Luke, and Xander; Brett Amero, his wife Coleen, and their daughters Drew and Emery; Melanie Grossbard, her husband Seth, and their son Indiana; Ben Martínez, his wife Sara, and their daughters Maia and Vera; and Clara Martínez.
Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation from 4-7 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St in Portland, ME, where a Funeral Service for family and friends will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 9th.
For those unable to attend, the services can be viewed by visiting www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to access the link to join.
- Frank Amero, Father (deceased)
- Mona Bedard Amero, Mother (deceased)
- Montserrat Gines Gibert, Wife
- Tim Amero (Claire Amero), Brother
- Scott Amero (Karen Amero), Son
- Janie Willen (Jonathan Willen), Granddaughter
- Zachary Amero, Grandson
- Luke Amero, Grandson
- Xander Amero, Grandson
- Brett Amero (Coleen Amero), Son
- Drew Amero, Granddaughter
- Emery Amero, Granddaughter
- Melanie Grossbard (Seth Grossbard), Daughter
- Indiana Grossbard, Grandson
- Ben Martinez (Sara Martinez), Step Son
- Maia Martinez, Granddaughter
- Vera Martinez, Granddaughter
- Clara Martinez, Step Daughter
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Gerald Martin Amero
April 11, 2021
Molt apreciat Geralt,
Quan escric aquestes ratlles ja no ets entre nosaltres. També sé que tu no les podràs llegir però em sento obligar a fer-ho. El cor m'ho demana.
D'ençà que has marxat no paro de donar voltes i més voltes del que ha estat la meva relació amb tu tots aquests anys, i em passen pel cap totes les vivències i les bones estones viscudes al teu costat.
Va ser l'any següent de morir la meva dona, la Pura. Em devies veure molt trist, i un dia em va trucar la Montse per dir-me que em convidaves a casa teva a Maine. Vas aconseguir animar-me, amb el teu tracte i la teva delicadesa. Perquè eres un amfitrió fantàstic Geralt.
Després vaig tornar amb l'Esperança un altre estiu, Els viatges a Terranova, Alaska, i la tardor de les fulles amb els ponts coberts. Anàvem tu, jo, i la Mª Àngels dins el teu cotxe escoltant la Norah Jones, i ens paràvem per fotografiar tots els colors de la teva estimada tardor. I com preparaves els viatges... sense deixar res a la improvisació.
Els presopars a casa teva amb els formatges i els vins, que tu havies triat escrupolosament. Els sopars amb els loobsters, les cloïsses, i les barbacoes a fora el teu ben cuidat jardí. Multitud de records agradables que guardo a la part del cervell destinada a aquestes vivències, i que ara em van passant per davant de forma continuada.
Gràcies Geralt per la teva generositat i la teva bonhomia. Et recordaré sempre fins que ens tornem a retrobar.
Pel que fa a la Montse, no pateixis, que la cuidarem tan bé com sapiguem, que no serà mai com ho havies fet tu.
FRANCESC GINES GELI
April 9, 2021
Queremos, en este momento, estar presentes y a tu lado.
Siempre estarás en nuestra vida y en nuestros corazones.
Francesc Gines Geli
Laia Juanals Bellvehí
Aida Gines Juanals
Alba Gines Juanals
April 9, 2021
It is difficult to say in words what Gerald represent to our family. He was a special person, a fantastic man with a huge kindheartedness. He will be in ours hearts forever.
Our thoughts are with your family
La pèrdua d’un ésser estimat sempre és molt dolorosa! Montse i família rebeu el més sentit condol. La mort de'n Gerald ha colpejat tota la família. El trobarem a faltar i sempre el recordarem
Anna, Núria i Marta Ginès i Fabrellas
Josep Maria Gines
April 9, 2021
I’ve decided to write these words even knowing that you cannot red them.
You appeared in my life more than twenty years ago as my brother-in-law but very soon you became my friend, my brother.
In this time, that I feel now shorter than I would like, we have shared a lot of things and passions: travelling, art, wine, gastronomy, sports. I became a fan of the Red Sox and you became a fan of Barça.
I keep very special memories of the time my wife and myself spent with you and Montse in your peaceful place at Raymond, by Sebago Lake. Your hospitality and generosity never ended. From there, we went to Quebec, Newfoundland, Alaska, … unforgettable trips. Last one in 2017, New England Fall Foliage Trip. You always were happy making happy your family and friends.
We have enjoyed during these years a lot of family parties and celebrations (your Catalan family as you always said). By one of those chances of life the last family celebration that we did before the pandemics was my 65th anniversary on Mai 2019. You were in Maine at that time in the year and I remember you came expressly for the party. I appreciated it very much.
After then, your problems of health and the pandemics have made almost impossible to meet again. More than one year without seeing each other and now you have left. I’m very sad but really I should be happy to have had the opportunity to meet you and have you in our family. All of us, we will never forget you.
You have just left us in the same elegant and discrete manner than you enter in our lives.
Rest in peace my beloved friend.
FRANCESC GINES GIBERT
April 9, 2021
Estimado y querido Gerald,
Con mis palabras quiero rendir homenaje a tu gran personalidad y calidad humana y a tu generosa disposición para compartir con nosotros todos los acontecimientos familiares. Siempre has sido uno más en la familia y has querido acompañarnos en los momentos buenos y malos.
Recuerdo vivamente el día que nos conocimos, cenando en el Motel Empordà de Figueres (Girona) con mi hermana Montse. Para nosotros fue una suerte conocerte. A partir de este día, hemos celebrado juntos muchos encuentros familiares como las bodas de mis hijos, aniversarios, fiestas y viajes de vacaciones, como el maravilloso viaje a Alaska que tu organizaste.
Pero sobre todo, nunca olvidaremos tú presencia constante en los difíciles momentos de las cirugías de Francesc en EEUU.
Junto a Montse, nos acompañaste a mi hermano Pere i a mi, el 26 de septiembre de 2001, cuando todos estábamos en shock per el reciente atentado de las Torres Gemelas, en la consulta que hicimos en el Johns Hopkins Hospital de Baltimore con los Dres. V. Gott y M. Williams para recabar información sobre las posibilidades de curación de nuestro hijo Francesc.
Desde entonces has estado a nuestro lado, con total apoyo presencial y sentido, en las largas y duras operaciones y procesos de recuperación en el Johns Hopkins Hospital y en el Massachusetts General Hospital de Boston. Tuyo fue el detalle, durante la estancia de la primera operación en Baltimore, en junio de 2002, de regalara Francesc una cazadora de los Orioles para darle ánimos, conociendo sus aficiones deportivas.
Nunca te lo podremos agradecer suficiente, ni olvidarlo. Con tu ausencia, echamos de menos a un amigo y un hermano, cercano y único, que siempre permanecerá en nuestros corazones.
Que Dios te Bendiga.
Francesc Ginès y Ana Maria Geli
John and Jean Gulliver
April 7, 2021
Maine lawyers lost a caring mentor, role model and friend in Jerry Amero. He was a superb lawyer and even better teacher. Jerry literally taught me how to be a lawyer and was a major, formative influence for me and others. Jerry always brought wisdom, grace and generosity to the table. Many Maine energy and utility lawyers benefited from Jerry's deep knowledge, professionalism and his friendship.
Jerry's zest for life was infectious. His love of family and his passions for the outdoors, literature, travel, good food and wine and even better company were legendary. Two fond memories: Sampling every kind of game imaginable, that Jerry had hunted, at the annual Amero harvest dinner; and Jerry patiently teaching our little kids the art of ice fishing on Sebago Lake. In later years , Jerry proved to be the best guide for Barcelona one could want.
Jean and I send our deepest condolences to Jerry's large and wonderful family. You will be missed, Jerry.
April 5, 2021
To Montserrat and the extended Amero family,
The four daughters of Fred Foley send their deepest condolences to all .
Jerry was the kindest and most loyal friend to our father through out his life.
The Three Amigo’s, Jerry, Ralph Lancaster and our Dad loved their time together hunting , bantering over who would pay for lunch at The Country Kitchen or The Portland Diner ! It was always a race to be there first at 11:59 !
We all send you our love and wish that we lived closer to be with you on Thursday.
Kathy, Hanni, Martha and Freddi Foley
April 1, 2021
Was part of our family for the better part of a year.my father and mr. Lancaster had been school mates growing up in Bangor.Mr Lancaster said Jerry was the best person for our legal situation.So that time on he was to become a Baldacci.he would be traveling through Bangor and he would stop by for a visit.
He had the highest amount of integrity of any person I ever met.
God bless jerry’s family