Jerome J. Desjean, 63
WESMINSTER -- Jerome Joseph Desjean, 63, of Westminster, died of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma on Monday, Feb. 18, in the Veterans Medical Center Hospital in West Roxbury.
Jerome was born in Fitchburg, on Aug. 5, 1949 a son of the late Doris (Cattel) Desjean, and had lived in Fitchburg and Westminster for most of his life. He attended St. Anthony's Elementary School before graduating from Fitchburg Vocational High School and attending Mt. Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State College.
He was a Vietnam War
Veteran serving as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force
. He was stationed in Vietnam, Germany and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs, CO. Jerome was awarded a citation and commendation medal for his services while stationed at the Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base in Vietnam. He was a member of the V.F.W
. and D.A.V.
Jerome worked for the U. S. Postal Service, Massachusetts District Office, for 31 years as a Financial Systems Coordinator. Upon his retirement, he received a Service Award Certificate. His award reads, "During your years at the District Office you demonstrated your culinary expertise with samples of scones, cakes and espresso. Although the homemade pastries were the best, the Gingerbread Company muffins placed a close second." One of Jerome's passions was cooking, and his work associates reaped the benefits of that passion. Jerome had several other passions, including his love of classic cars, and all things "motorcycle". He never missed a classic car show or swap meet. His most loved possession was his 1964 Blue Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased upon his return from Vietnam with his reenlistment bonus. As a teenager, the police frequently drove by the homestead to look for Jerome as he was speeding through Fitchburg on his motorcycle.
Additionally Jerome was an avid gun collector. He held a Curio and Relics license in Massachusetts. He was a member of the Fitchburg and Leominster Rod and Gun Clubs and taught many of his cousins and friends the art of shooting. He loved bird hunting in the fall and during the summer months he enjoyed boating and fishing on the Connecticut River and wake boarding with his young cousin Sam Feldman on Lake Quinsigamond.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Desjean; two sisters and their husbands, Carla Desjean-Bastian and her husband, Walter of Chevy Chase, MD., Antonia Desjean-Martin and her husband, Richard and niece Ashley of Leesburg, FL., and predeceased by his brother Michael. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Charles and Barbara Cattel of Hartford, Connecticut, his aunt Elena Crotty of Leominster, Massachusetts and, being from a large Italian family, more than 100 cousins.
DESJEAN -- Please join Jerome's family at the celebration of his life to be held from the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Friday, Feb. 22, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Saint Anthony di Padua Church, 84 Salem St., Fitchburg. Calling hours are on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Please ride your motorcycle or drive your classic car. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation at Boston VA, ATTN: Beth St. Pierre, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.