John Y. Gerow, III, 57, passed away Sept. 16, 2006. Survived by his mother, Linnea Gerow of Newport Richey, Fla.; son, Christopher (Debbie) Gerow of Lenhartsville, Pa.; brother, James (Linda) Gerow of Farmingham, Mass.; companion and best friend, Amy Hutchison; and three grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, John; and brother, Peter. John was born June 7, 1949, in Newburgh, N.Y. He was employed by Rocky Mountain Steel as an electrician and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local Union #2102. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ where he was the Church Sexton and served as a Trustee. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at First Congregational UCC, 228 W. Evans, with the Rev. Dr. Randy Wilcher officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational UCC. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. John was my roommate at Alfred University and a friend. He was one of the hardest working students that I ever knew. Although it had been 35 years since we had any contact, he was often thought of by myself and others who knew him. We all miss him. He is at the eternal home now, but any problems or challenges that he had in his lifetime were surely met by his hard work ethic.

    Best regards to you, Amy, in your loss, and to his mother, brother, and family.

  2. I will miss John. We will all miss him. I still see him in my minds eye, smiling his friendly smile, sitting in his usual spot at church. He so amazed me how he would be at church even though he was just released from the hospital minutes before and probably should have been in bed resting. John was a very intelligent person and a kind soul. We will not forget him. He cannot be replaced. He was unique.

  3. Amy, I know what John meant to you and the community.

    I knew John from work days at the church and the few times talking to him in the kitchen.

    He went “home” and is at peace.
    Remember the beautiful times God gave the two of you.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be with you tomorrow in thought

    Always smile—GOD loves you and will walk with you thru the troubled times ahead.

    Barbara Lusaitis
    Calgary, Alberta Canada

  4. John meant so much to our church! When he first shared his life story with me, I remember being amazed at all he had come through and the strong faith he exhibited. I cannot help but think of the words of the Apostle Paul: “I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me.”

  5. Cousin Amy,
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved John. God gave him to you to love and share happiness together for a short time and now you have loving memories of him. Take care of yourself. Sunny days will fill your life again some day soon.

    Linda

  6. JOHN AND WYLIE WORKED TOGETHER AT BF GOODRICH AND BECAME VERY GOOD FRIENDS. I PERSONALLY LEARNED ALOT FROM HIM. THE DINNERS WE HAD TOGETHER WERE AWESOME. GETTING TO KNOW BOTH OF YOU TOGETHER WILL ALWAYS STAY WITH US. WE WILL MISS JOHN VERY MUCH.

  7. I will miss John sorely. He was one of the kindest and most gentle people I knew. He was a true friend. He inspired me and supported me in a time when I had no one. I was privileged to have seen John and Amy’s friendship grow right from the beginning. What a radiant couple they were. Amy, John loved you. You were his one and only. I know John lived a lifetime with you no matter how brief it seemed. John was a remarkable person having learned all too young the importance of living each moment for the moment. He was truly an extraordinary human being. Exceptional. Beautiful.
    Honey

  8. Amy,

    I want you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed talking to John about mathematics. Although I was not on his level he was still an interesting person to talk to. He will be missed.

    Your friend,
    Ross

  9. John was a very sweet and kind man. I’m a better person for knowing him and having him in my life. He will be missed by all, here at Rocky Mt Steel Mills, especially me.

    God Bless
    Cheryl

  10. Amy;
    We feel so enriched to have known John and experience his gentle ways. Jim doesn’t have a lot of respect for many men and therefore has few friends. John was one of those people Jim connected to immediately.

    We praise the Lord that John is now at peace. One day I hope we will all meet again.

    May God Bless and keep you,
    Love
    Esther & Jim

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