My name is Michael Smith, I am a Firefighter in Boulder Colorado. On this anniversary I climbed 110 floors with my brothers to remember those who fell. I carried Jerry's Picture with me. We shall never forget.
When people say “always remember” I remember the heroes of 9-11, the people that ran into a burning building. I don't just think about remembering the act of terrorism, I think about all the heroism. There were far more heroes of 9-11 than terrorists. I hope it brings comfort to the families of the people that died on 9-11 are remembered for their bravery.
I have come to know your nephews, Mark and Mike very well. They speak highly of you. I am not surprised. God Bless You, Jerry.
God bless you, people say there is a reason they say that time will heal, but neither time nor reason will change the way we feel our hearts are broke forever
I've read most of the posts on Jerry's wall;he was a hero and the world misses him. I am touched by his bravery.
I'm a student in Maryland and I am doing an assignment on Jerry. I would love to here more about him.
Just wanted to pass along that I am deployed again, this time to Manas Air Base, formerly called Ganci Air Base after Peter Ganci (NYFD Fire Chief on 9/11), it seems that you are always in the front of my mind as I walk around here and realize that this place, this deployment was established right after and in reaction to 9/11. It is still unbelieveable to me that you made the ultimate sacrifice, you will always be my hero!
Another year without you. Strange how so many years have passed and it still seems unreal. Although your presence has been felt in so many ways lately. Missing you like crazy and still finding myself picking up the phone to call you at times. Still waiting for the day that it gets easier.
Love & miss ya XoXo
This West Roxbury girl greatly appreciates your bravery and the sacrifice that you made to save others. May God bless you and your family.
I still think of you each and every year on this date. I'm sure you are watching down on your friends and family smiling.
Well, its here again. Strange that it is a Tuesday, clear and beautiful out just like it was 11 years ago. Time has not healed, it seems just like yesterday. RIP Jerry.
I have just returned to the UK from New York and your name was the one name i picked out from the 1000s of others. I have read all about you on your own page and i just want to say god bless you and keep you ...you are a true hero......
Thinking if you and wishing that I could just pick up the phone to talk to you. Miss & love you bunches. <3
Ten years have passed since that awful day. Though we did not know you personally, we were originally from West Roxbury and feel a closeness to you and your family. During yesterdays memorial on TV we waited to hear your name read. We said a prayer for you and your family. Rest in Peace Jerry.
Jerry: I remember when you were still in Mass. and trying to get hired by the fire department.You were always a Brave man. Time has past, your memory has stayed with me. See you again Brother.
We have not seen each other since 8th grade back in Sacred Heart School, Mr. Dempsey's Class (1981).
My thoughts and prayers have and still go out to you and your family since that horrible day in 2001.
You used to make me laugh in class. You were very funny and that is a trait many will remember you by as well as being a good guy.
You are missed!
Dear Jerry. Ten years ago today, you were taken away from us too soon? Never getting the chance to say good bye. I know you are looking down from heaven watching over us. I will always remember you. You will never be forgotten
10 years and at times it seems like it was just yesterday. Even after all this time the pain of losing you is almost unbearable. I miss talking to you, hearing your voice, I miss your smile, I miss everything about you including the times you drove me nuts. No matter what went on or how much time pasted you were always there. What I wouldn't give to have just one more day with you. Love you and missing you bunches &bunches. XoXo
A beautiful article by Peter Gelzinis in the Boston Herald today. He spoke to Frank. It's nice Jerry.
Today 5/1/11 at 11pm. We got him Jerry. Bin Laden is gone. You are resting in peace Jerry along with all the other FDNY NYPD military and the innocent lost on that day. You will not be forgotten
9 years...on 10 Sept 10 I attended a patriot's day ceremony here on base at McConnell AFB, KS it is so amazing how each year it just brings me and everyone back to the moment, the moment we realized Jerry was there. You are missed.
9 years and although it feels like it was yesterday, it feels like it's been forever since I've heard your voice. Missing more then you can ever imagine, still waiting for it to get easier, it hasn't and I guess it never will. Luv ya bunches & bunches.
Almost 9 years and I still cannot believe it. It seems like it was yesterday. You will never be forgotten.
So here we are another New Years without you. I don't get it, maybe I never will. You would think that time would make it easier, guess what it doesn't, it hasn't. The void is always there and so is the pain. You are missed more than words can even describe. I know I still have the great memories including our last New Years together. Miss ya & love ya bunches & bunches.
All my love...still can't believe it.
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Eight horrible years ago today, you were taken from us. Two weeks ago, I had a very hard day, I visited your firehouse finally. I took me eight years to visit your firehouse. Gosh, I thought I could do it. After seeing your plaque outside, I finally had enough guts to ring the bell. I told myself no tears, he wouldn't want it this way. Well, I was ok, until I told your brother firefighter why I was there and how long it took me to get myself there. That is when the tears would not stop. He told me that he only worked with you for a few months. He showed me the granite images of you and the guys on the wall. It was if you were smiling right at me. Another firefighter came out and said that they were surprised what a quiet day it was,no calls. I was there for about an hour. As I left, after many hugs, laughs and tears, the alarm went off and the guys went out. He remarked, it is as if Jerry wanted you to take all the time you needed. I guess he was right. It was if you were there right next to me. (I even wore my Red Sox shirt -- in New York!) Well, you are in my thoughts every day, especially today. You will always be remembered. Until we meet again. Joanne
Hard to believe it is 8 years later. Not a day goes by that you are not thought of, your service card is still on our refrigerator the one my mom (Joan Dewan) sent after your funeral service. Also living in a state were fires are a regular occurence. It is not hard to think of you or any firefighters as you guy risk your lives for us every time you get a call. So know you will always be remembered.
Teresa Robinson Vinyard
WTC Ground zero Vesey Liberty
Church West Sts. New York, Ny 10038
September 11, 2009
Dear Gerard Dewan,
Thank you for your service in the World Trade Center attack. You sacrificed your life and that is the ultimate sacrifice to give to another human being.
You were only 35 when you fell in the World Trade Center. Coming from a family of firefighters, your Dad and all your older brothers, no wonder you took over the family business. You always loved kids. You always planned on marrying and having kids. During your five years of service as a firefighter you always did your best.
You were one of the first firefighters to enter the World Trade Center with the rest of ladder 3. Sadly you never walked out. You gave your life for the people in the World Trade Center and for that I give my deepest appreciation.
Thank you again for your service.
What can I say that I haven't said before, I miss you with all my heart and nothing will ever take away the pain of losing you. 8 years later and it still seems unreal to me that you're gone. Until we meet again my friend, luv ya bunches.
Happy Birthday in heaven, thinking of you so much lately especially today. I hope you and Kat are together celebrating, 2 of my favorite people. I know you're happy about the the connections that have been made and because of you they will always be a part of me. I luv ya bunches, missing ya non stop and wishing once again that I could hear your voice and see you smile.
Just had to wish you a Happy St. Patty's Day. It's days like this that make it extra hard, how I wish my phone would ring and I could hear you say how you just walked in the parade and now you were having cocktails in some little Irish pub in the city. I miss you sooo much and wish more than anything that you were here or that i could at least see you 1 more time. luv ya bunches.
Well it's been awhile huh, I know you had a wonderful Christmas in heaven, surrounded by your loved ones. I think I just keep trying to convince myself that the more time passes by the better of a chance I'll have that your name won't be on this list. That maybe finally someone figured out that it was all just one big mistake. I guess the thought of you being gone forever just doesn't work for me. I miss you sooo much, and no matter how much time has gone by it doesn't get easier. I know I've said it before but it's only fitting considering that New Years is 2 days away. One of my favorite memories will always be the New Years Eve that we spent together, no big party, no crowds but we still had so much fun, I'll never forget it. luv ya bunches and missing you as usual..
Well Jerry, 7 years has come and gone. I can't still believe it. It seems like yesterday. I just came back from the memorial service at the federal building and was proud to be able to remember you. You and your family are still in my prayers. I wish I could just have one more Red Sox conversation with you. How I would get you going by saying someday they will make you a member of the dreaded empire and not Red Sox Nation. How we would laugh. I miss you bunches.
I can't believe it's been 7 years, I miss you so much and would do just about anything to see your face one last time and to hear your voice. People say it gets easier, well it's been 7 years and nothing has changed, the void is just as painful now. I was at the beach labor day weekend and that was rough, just standing there thinking about how many times you had jogged down that boardwalk and just wishing so much that I would see you again. Love ya bunches and missing you like crazy.
Thinking of you and missing you as always. You know that things haven't been easy and as always you know that I need your guidance. Help me make the right choice, you always have. I luv ya bunches.
Happy Birthday. Wish you were here to celebrate.
Happy Birthday in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Why does life have to be so hard. I always ask myself what would you do, what advice would you give me. It never seems to get easier, I know you're watching over me but it just isn't the same. Help me hrough this. Luv ya bunches and missing you like crazy.
Missing you like crazy and wishing more than ever tha you were still here. I just want to pick up the phone and hear your voice more than you could ever imagine. luv ya bunches.
New Years eve is always a hard one, I remember spending that one New Years with you and although it was simple and quiet we still managed to have a wonderful time together. Missing you is the easy part, that just comes naturally the hard part is realizing that I can't pick up the phone to hear your voice or see you smile again. I miss ya bunches and I know you must have been watching over me last week, I know the outcome could have been so much worst. luv ya bunches!! I'll be cheering for the Pats =)
Thinking of you and missing you more than ever. What I wouldn't do to hear your voice one last time. Another holiday without you, it's more hurt than we can handle. love ya and miss you bunches.
Some people say that times heals all wounds, well it's been 6 years since you were taken from us and I have to say I disagree. The hurt is as strong today as it was that horrible day, not a day goes by that I don't miss you or think of you. You know we've been going through a really rough time and not having you here to lean on makes it that much harder, my 2 rocks, you and Kat, haven't I lost enough. I feel like I'm being tested at times, I'm trying to stay strong but it's hard, so so so hard. First you, then Kat now Gail, why did this have to happen? It's just not fairthat she was also taken from us, no warning ,nothing, just gone. Please give her a million hugs from us. I love you bunches and I miss you more than you know.
We will never forget. God Bless the Dewan family.
Even though it has been six years. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of Jerry or any of the other family's that lost a family member on September 11. I hope that everyone takes a moment each day to remember all that we lost on September 11, not just on this day.
Six years, I can hardly believe it. It seems like yesterday. :(
I cannot believe it is 11 Sep 07. 6 years, and it feels like yesterday. I still can't think about you without crying. So much has happened since you have left us. I am now a JAG for the USAF. I am currently in Baghdad. Why did I join? To try to contribute to the effort, to protect us from 9/11 happening again. You are part of who I am, and always will be. I hope you can look down and see how much you were loved. All my love.
Hey Jerry, well it is going to be 6 years. It seems like yesterday. Last week I went to West Rox with my uncle (he finally retired from BFD Ladder 18) to place a card at the firehouse. He knew 1 of the 2 guys killed at a restaurant fire. I was ok until I saw the plaque with your name on it. The tears just wouldn't stop. You were probably getting a good laugh while looking down at me. You are in my thoughts always.
Happy Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We wouldv'e celebrated your 41st birthday tomorrow. I still can't beleive your gone and it still hurts just as bad. I miss you so much and you and Kat better be having a blast celebrating both of your bdays together. No arguing over the red sox and Mets though =) I love you bunches and will always miss you. Happy Birthday.
Just when you think the hurt is starting to fade it all just comes back. You were on my mind all day today and your presence was surely felt. It's times like this that hurt the most, when I have to face reality. I miss you Sooooo much, if only I could talk to you , hear your voice, anything. Just one more time. I love you bunches.
Happy New Years Sweetie. I can't believe another year has gone by without you. It seems like just yesterday that we spent the nicest, quiest new years together, until Kats phone call. Now I would give anything to hear her voice and to get that call. Keep me strong as always and know that I am always thinking of you and I miss you bunches.
Merry Christmas in heaven sweetie. I miss you so much. I'm having a really hard time with things right now and I'm sureyou know that. Please guide me and help me get through this. All I want to do is hear your voice and Kat's. No calls from you or her this holiday is more than I can handle right now. My heart is completely shattered. I love you and take care of my KatKat will ya.
Well as you know today is the day. I wasn't sure how I was going to get through this but when I opened up my eyes this morning I looked at the clock at it was 9:11am. Thank you for that, I knew then that you would be with me to guide me and support me through this. I know that with you and Ed by my side Ill get through it. I love you.
I know by now you have met her in heaven with open arms. I cannot believe that this is happening. First you, now her. How does any of it make sense, my heart feels like it's been ripped into a million pieces. When you were taken from us she carried me, she became the strength that you always were and now who's going to guide me. What am I suppose to do without you and Kat. Take care of her like she look care of me. I love you and miss you more than anyone will ever know.
I almost don't know what to say, I miss you so much that it hurts. I couldn't help but think that if you were here you would probably be on your way to see your family for Thanksgiving and I would have talked to you on your cellphone the whole ride out. It's things like that, that I'll always remember and that I miss so much. Everyone thought we were a lil nuts but for us it was just the norm. I could hear you for hours and never get tired of talking to you. As heart broken as I feel I guess this Thanksgiving I am thankful for having had you in my life, even if it was for such a short time. I love you and miss you every single day. I know what you would say to me right know... "so much for not knowing what to say"... =)
I am just taking an opportunity to let you know that we all miss you very much. MG asks about you on a regular basis. Just today we looked at my fondest picture of you and the little boy using the hose at the firehouse. I will never forget, you're my friend and my hero.
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Thank you for your courage and bravery. Our country lost a lot of wonderful people on 09/11/01 and we will never forget. God Bless you all.
Well Jerry, it has taken me 5 yrs to write this. It is still too hard to do. I still cannot believe that you are gone, but you really are not, your watching over all of us. I always looked forward to my trips to NY because I would give you that last minute call and you, giving me a hard time as usual, would try and make time for me. A Southie girl and a Roslindate guy. I hope you know how much you are missed. :(
Tomorrow it'll be 5 years and I still cannot believe that you're gone. I miss you so much and as I told Jack a few nights ago, what I wouldn't do to hear another hey magoo, we just laughed and hey knew exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned the 3am calls =) I even miss those. Until we meat again, love you and miss ya.
Around this time 5 years ago I remember trying to convince you to go to VA with me. I'll never forget the last time I spoke to you. I called to nag you about not coming with me and we spoke for awhile. I remember you assuring me that I would OK by myself but at the same time telling me to be careful and not to open the door for anyone. I remember looking out and seeing this little restaurant across the parking lot of the hotel and telling you "you see if you would have come we could be out having cocktails right now" =) The one thing that I constantly think about is if things would have had a different ending if you would have went with me. I miss you so much it hurts.
P.S. How about those Yanks =)
As always you have been on my mind and it has not gotten easier. You have left a void that cannot be filled. Not a day goes by that you are not missed and thought of. I am at a stand still right now and it's times like this that I need you the most. No matter what the situation was you always told me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to. I always say to myself what would Jerry have told me to do. Please guide me as you always have, I miss you now & always.
Happy Birthday in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We would've celebrated your 40th birthday on Sunday, my heart breaks when I think of you, I miss you more then anyone could ever imagine. Have a happy Easter and a Happy birthday in heaven sweetie, I love you.
My gosh I sure do miss you. As your birthday approaches, I have been thinking of you even more than usual. I would give anything to just hear your voice again and to see you smile. Why must things be so complicated, you know what I mean. Well I finally did it, stop that nasty habit, smoking. I know, you are just thrilled for me huh =), Remember me standing in the snow in shorts just to have a stupid smoke, I know very very sad. Anyways just wanted ya to know that I was thinking of ya. I miss ya and love ya to pieces. Muuaahhhhhh xoxo
Well it looks like it's me & you Magoo, =) We'll we got through the holidays and as usual it was TOUGH. New Years was a heartbreaker, you know why! Staying in touch with Jack has been great, it definitely makes it easier and then we have the pics... well what can I say, you know I laughed, cryed and then laughed some more. Well just wanted ya to know that I was thinking of ya as always. I love ya & miss you bunches & bunches.
As the holidays approach you are missed more than you know. Not a day goes by that you aren't thought of. How I wish I could just see your smile one more time. I'll always have New Years to remember, thank you for that. You made my birthday extra special and everytime I look at those pictures I am reminded of how lucky I am to have those wonderful memories. I love ya bunches. Merry Chrsitmas in heaven
What I wouldn't do to hear your voice once more. I miss you like crazy, maybe it's that much harder to deal with now because of the holidays. On thanksgiving I stood on the porch looking down at the memorial and gave thanks for having had you in my life. As sad as it makes me that you are not here with us, I am grateful for every minute that we spent together. Talking, laughing, crying, I miss it all. I love you bunches.
4 years already, sometimes it feels like a lifetime ago and then some days it feels like yesterday. Sweetie you are missed more then you could possibly imagine, I hope you know just how many lives you touched during your short time with us. Sunday was especially hard but knowing that you were with me, feeling your presence made it bearable. We finally finished the memorial garden and it looks wonderful. I love sitting their talking to you because I know that just as before, you are always their for me when I need someone to talk. Some people might think it's wierd but I know your listening and I take all your signs to heart. I luv ya and miss ya more & more each day.
I had a dream a few weeks ago and when I awoke all I could remember was your wonderful smile. You can't imagine how real it felt. Although it was great to see your face and that smile again, it hurt more than you know when I realized that it was just a dream. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you but since then you have been on my mind non stop. I miss you so much and it's so difficult because I don't think that everyone around me knows how much you meant to me and what kind of relationship we shared. The only thing worst then not having you here is not being able to mourn your loss with those around me. I know they would have loved you just as much as I did. I don't think this will ever get easier. I luv ya and miss ya more then you know.
Happy birthday in heaven, you are missed more then you know. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you but more so on days like this. I luv ya bunches and miss ya like crazy.
As your birthday approaches I have been thinking of you and missing you more then usual. Not a day goes by that I don't find myself thinking of you and wishing that you were here, wishing that I could hear your voice. I often wonder if you knew just how much you meant to me and how much of an impact you had on my life. I always think about our last converstaion on 9/8/01 and I can't help but think if things would have turned out differently if you would have went to VA with me. I guess I'll never know. The void that your loss has left will only be filled when we meet again. You were truly the best friend that anyone could ever ask for. Kayla is almost 2 now and she looks at your picture everyday. I promised you that she would know about you and what a wonderful person you were and I intend to keep that promise. I luv ya bunches & bunches and I miss ya so much. Give my Grandma a big hug for me.
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and how much I truly miss you. Whenever something happens good or bad I still run to the phone to call you. When that happens I find myself becoming angry and bitter because I feel so alone. I can't believe that it's going to be 3 years already although at times it feels like an eternity since the last time I heard your voice. I know that I shouldn't feel this way but I still think that it's so unfair that your gone and I still ask why..... I'm lost without you and I will always love you.
Remember .... Red Sox>> Bill B. =) hahaha
luv ya lots,
Your Sweet Magoo
To the Dewan (Gilligan) Families;
I know it is belated but I grew up with Gerard on Wellsmere Ter. Roslindale, MA and went to Sacred Heart School together and Gerard was a great neighbor and friend to be with. He is our "Hero" and will never forget what he did for America. Until we meet again. (There is a memorial sign dedicated to Gerard at the corner of the "Terrace" and Wellsmere Rd.) (off Wash. St.)
GOD BLESS, JERRY, I'VE KNOWN YOU FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS, RUNNING AROUND IN ROSLINDALE... HEARING THAT YOU WHERE ONE OF THE FIRST TO RUN IN THE FIRE DIDN'T SUPRISE US, YOU WE'RE ALWAYS THE BRAVEST.. THEIR JUST ISN'T ENOUGH TOO SAY,,,,
YOU WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH..
It is because of Gerry's bravity and courage and love of being a fireman, that I have dedicated my life to assisting those of us left behind. Gerry, I know I will meet you in heaven one day.......and I will always keep your spirit w/me. As I will always keep your wonderful family in my prayers forever.
With Love Always......
For the time that I knew you, you were such a wonderful, terrific friend, one who was ALWAYS there. I remember spending hours upon hours talking with you, spending nights at your house and visiting you at the firehouse and treating my son as if he was your own. I know you were proud to be a FF and you gave it your all and without a doubt, I know you did all you could until the very end. I love and miss you dearly and to this day the tears keep falling and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. Rest in peace, baby. Love you always, Janine
To the Dewan family,
I did not know Gerry but I am a Firefighter and origionally a Boston boy. I did attend Gerry's funeral as well as some of his fellow brothers. Being part of his service helps put a face to the pain we all feel, as you know. Gerry and all those lost we always be remembered.
To the Dewan Family,
As we are family, I was probably a very little girl the last time some of you saw me. My mother is Joan Barbara(Dewan)Barnes and my Grandfather was Charles Dewan. I hope you often read these as I would love to hear from all of you. Even though I did not know Jerry, all that I read, he sounded like a wonderful human being. I'm sorry I never got to know him. But he lives on in our house as his memorial card hangs on our frig. and a memorial to him is on my car and at my children's school. A memorial donation plaque hangs on the fence on the sports field. I have a picture I would love to send. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of Jerry. Last year when my oldest son played baseball in Cooperstown, We brought the kids to ground zero to pay their respects and my middle son made a fire fighter bear at Build a Bear and nameed him Hero in honor of Jerry, which we dropped off at Ladder 3. On this second anniversary know our love and prayers our with your family.
All my love,
It was an honor to have known you. You will forever be in my heart and prayers. I miss you!
I was privileged to be one of the readers of the names of those who died in the Trade Center attacks at the first anniversary ceremony on September 11, 2002. Although I did not read Gerry Dewan's name, I shared the podium with Gerry's sister, Maureen Gilligan, a wonderful and warm woman. If Maureen will contact me, I will send her a number of photographs of the two of us at the podium at the ceremony that morning. God bless.
Just a birthday remembrance... the three April musketeers, Dewey, Tommy & Melvin are still together in spirit.
To the Dewan & Gilligan families,
Even though a year has passed, I know the pain is still so fresh. Gerry was so full of life. He was such a fun, loving, sweet man that will always hold a special place in my heart. I met Gerry 11 years ago while working at Clarke's Restaurant in Boston. I hold so many fond memories of him that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am very thankful that I had the honor of meeting Gerry and becoming great friends with him. I will always remember him as a hero and a great friend. I know now, Gerry is an angel watching over all of you.
God Bless Gerry.
Greetings from the Northwest to you all,
I selected Jerry's name for our local Day of Memory,Hope and Action sponsored by Associated Ministries here in Pierce County. To honor Jerry, I have donated blood, planted a sugar maple tree- "Jerry's tree", spent time at a local nursing home, and I sent a box full of homemade goods to an active duty military NCO. It has been very insightful to read the information and accounts of Jerry's life. Being a registered nurse, I have worked with many firefighters on the receiving end of their service in the ER and thus have tremendous respect for their daily heroism. I am very glad that I chose Jerry's name, to honor him in remeberance by doing deliberate acts of kindness and compassion. It seems he was the kind of man I hope my boy will become some day. I am keeping Jerry's picture by my prayer board, to always remember him and his family.
I met Maureen, Gerard's sister in NYC at the fire house. We spoke awhile and hugged and she shared stories of Gerard. When I returned to Florida I was able to find a picture of Gerard and have it posted in my office. I look at him everyday and I've prayed for Gerard and his family everyday and I'll keep praying, especially for their strength to endure this tragic loss.
Rest in peace Gerard.
665 Gerard Dewan:
At Mass yesterday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago I drew your name to remember you and to keep you in my prayers. I am so sorry that your life was cut so short, I pray and grieve for you and send your family my deepest sympathy for their great loss. I lost my 104 year old mother on July 6 and I miss her very much. Gerry, please give my mother a hug for me. May the Lord be holding you in His loving hands. God Bless you.
Love, Rita A. De La Pena
I worked with Jerry for several years when we were bartenders at Clarke's down at Fanuel Hall. We also spent a summer or two in Newport where we shared many beers and lots of laughs. I remeber Jerry now as I always have...a guy with a big smile and a contageous laugh. I'm pretty sure I just saw him on TV in the documentary the two French brothers did and it made me sad. I am happy he finally got to do what he wanted to do, but sad that he had to leave this world so soon. It was a better place with him in it. I'll see you at last call again someday Jerry and we'll have a tasty shift drink. - Jim
Gerard - One year later & it still seems like yesterday. Time will never erase the pain of that day. God Bless you & your family.
Although the time we spent together at the MBTA was not a lengthy one,I am happy you realized your dream to be a firefighter.I know you have inspired many people,your energy,attitude and love of life and family will always be remembered by those who knew and loved you.God bless you and rest in peace.
My husband Andy knew Gerard when they were growing up, We attended his memorial services on the same day we buried another brave fireman, my uncle Chester Dauite he showed me how wonderful the Brotherhood of Firefighers really is, and with that I proudly wear Gerard's memorial braclet on my wrist.
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Dewan family. A friend.
Hey brother, we just passed your 36th birthday.You were in our thoughts and our hearts. We will never forget you!
Bill, Joan, Jan & Lin
Father we entrust our brother Gerard to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
**********GOD BLESS YOU**********
jerry was my moms cousin.he was a brave person in our family. we all know that he is in a better place now god bless his family. WE WILL ALL MISS HIM
I remember Jerry Dewan from our more carefree days in Boston as a funloving kid. He was a gentleman and an all-around nice guy - always ready with a laugh, but self-disciplined and truly committed to helping people. While tragically there were so many unwitting heroes made on September 11th, FF Jerry Dewan had "the stuff" and must be remembered as a hero. Though they never met him - my kids will always recognize Jerry Dewan as one of the "good guys" in the Fight for Freedom. My thoughts and prayers go to the Dewan Family. Respect Firefighters and Police. JES
today is March 11th its been six months since that tragic day.i met Jerry Dewan when he was working as a carpenter in local union #33.we both lived in West Roxbury so we traveled together to and from work.i only worked with Jerry for about 1 month and as we got to know each other i knew he would be a fireman at sometime in his life.i was in a state of shock the day i heard Jerry had died in the world trade center.im very proud to say i knew this man and after talking to some of my friends who are brookline firefighters he died doing the job he always loved.i knew he wasnt a carpenter he was a firefighter.im not a good writer and im not sure if this will come out the right way,but i just want to say i knew a true hero and i will never forget sept.11 th and jerry a man i only met for a short time could impact me like this.
jim boyd carpenters local 33
I never had the opportunity to meet you, for that I am sorry. I know you must have been a wonderful man...for several reasons. You were from New England, for one...you were one of FDNY's bravest and from the tributes and messages left in your memory that assures me I am right.
I am sorry for your loss and I wish to express this sorrow to your family, friends and other loved ones you left behind to live with God.
You are truly one of God's Angels in heaven, because that is where Heroes go to live when their time and duties have been filled on earth. I look at the stars at night and think about each and every firefighter and all the other innocent souls who senselessly perished on September 11, 2001. A day no civilized human being will ever forget.
I am so sorry...
Condolances to the Dewan and Gilligan Family. Our Thoughts & Prayers are with you.
DEAR LORD BLESS GERARD P. (JERRY)
DEWAN AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE WITH
GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS FIREMEN ALL OVER..GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE GOOD PEOPLE OF BOSTON..MAY WE NEVER FORGET 9/11/01.
We thank Jerry, his father, and Sean for dedicating their lives to help others as firefighters. Such dedication comes with brave, warm and caring hearts filled with love for their fellow man. We are deeply sorry for our nations great loss of Jerry. May his courage, life and love live on in all who have been touched by his life. May the sorrow in your hearts be lightened by warm memories of times shared with Jerry. Our hearts cry deeply with you in America's loss of a hero.
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
I have never met Jerry or even knew his name until today. But I have his name on my Mercy Band I got a church this morning. I hope by my wearing his name daily I can pray for healing and peace to his family and friends. Thanks Jerry for being so brave. God Bess, Rob Hoff
Your service was a beautiful tribute to your life. My deepest sympathies to your family. I know that you are in a better place now & not a day has or will go by that I won't remember how wonderful you were. Until we meet again.
Jerry was, from the first moment we met my hero, protector, confidant and love he will remain all of those things. His loss is a profound one for all that he touched and will be felt now and always.
The country has changed because of Jerry and his comrades. We now know who are heroes are. We understand better what matters. We cannot express our admiration and gratitude enough. Please find strength in good memories and accept our deepest condolenses.
Dear John, Pauline and all the Dewan Family.
My sincerest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. You are all in my heart and my prayers. Jerry was the truest of heros.
We salute you, Jerry.
Thank you for being so brave.
May we all take heart of your bravery in the face terror.
May God comfort your family,
590 Weld St.
Our Deepest Sympathy to the Dewan Family. Jerry is truly one of F.D.N.Y's Bravest.
A GREATFUL NATION
God Bless America!
Dear John and Pauline,
My deepest sympathy and greatest respect. From years ago, God Bless.
My deepest condolences to the Dewan family. We attended Sacred Heart school together. Gerard will always be forever on my mind. He threw a snowball at me when we were younger and cut my head and I had to have stitches so I will literally always have him in my head. My prayers and sympathies are with the entire family.
God Bless You
To all the Dewar Family
My deepest condolences on the lost of a brave brave firefighter. May he and the rest of the heroes rest in peace...I'll remember him in my prayers God Bless
Dear Pauline & John, and members of the Dewan Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Brother.
The members of the Boston Tax Department of Mellon Bank
For the Dewan Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
My prayers and thoughts are with all of your family. Jerry was a true "hero" to all Americans.
WE are thankful for his life and his service to our country