BENNINGTON - James Colgate "J.C." Jerome, 88, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1924, the son of Hope (Colgate) and William Travers Jerome Jr.
He graduated from Riverdale School in Bronx, N.Y., and from Cornell University College of Agriculture in 1949 with a B.S. in genetics.
Following his first semester at Cornell, Mr. Jerome joined the U.S. Army
10th Mountain Division, a ski troop stationed in the Italian Alps, and received the Bronze Star
In Bennington, he was a dairy and cattle farmer, president of Fillmore Farms Inc., a town selectman and chairman of the state recreation department.
He married the former Susan Fuller and they had three children. He later married Marie Stafford on Dec. 28, 1977, in Miami Beach, Fla.
Mr. Jerome won several Vermont State Amateur Golf Championships, was a runner-up in the 1951 New England Amateur and played in the 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. He and his family owned and operated Mount Anthony Country Club in Bennington for over 50 years. In Miami, he was a member of Doral Country Club.
Survivors include two sons, William Jerome of Tavernier, Fla., and James Jerome Jr. of Bennington, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; five stepchildren, Edward Stafford of Atlanta, Harte Stafford of Bethesda, Md., Robert Stafford of Portland, Ore., Peary Fowler of Key West, Fla., and Gregory Stafford, DDS; three sisters, Hope Graves, Evelyn Lindsey, both of Bennington, and Ann Miles of Springfield, Mo.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia Kelley, and a brother, William Jerome II.
A memorial reception will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 9, at Mount Anthony Country Club in Bennington.
Burial will be in Old Bennington Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or Bennington Rescue Squad, in care of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net