Finding a Home
Gerard P. Dewan was not a New Yorker, and he would have told you that. He was a Bostonian, the son of a firefighter, who in turn was the son of a firefighter. But there were no jobs going in the Boston Fire Department, and so he took the southbound bus and began his career in New York five years ago.
Gerry Dewan, 35, just wanted to be a firefighter, said his friend and landlord, Sean Cummins, also a firefighter. He was one of the first rescuers to enter the twin towers. Along with 11 others from Ladder Company 3/Battalion 6 in Lower Manhattan, he never made it out.
He is the first member of his family to die in the line of duty, Mr. Cummins said. He was not married, but had always planned to have children and move home to Boston. In the meantime, he found a family in the Cummins household in Rockaway Park, Queens, where he rented a basement apartment. Two nights before the calamity, he was helping write the names of the Cummins children on their crayons for the first day of school. "He finally found a home with us," Mr. Cummins said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 21, 2001.
Of Rockaway, N.Y., formerly of West Roxbury and Roslindale in the line of duty at the World Trade Center, New York, Sept. 11, 2001, New York City Firefighter Gerard P. "Jerry" Beloved son of the late Paul H. Dewan Sr. (BFD) and the late Emma (Deyesso) Dewan. Devoted brother of Francis X. Dewan (BPD-Ret.) of Pebody, Lt. Paul H. Dewan Jr. (BFD-Ret.) of West Roxbury, Maureen Gilligan and Lt. William G. Dewan (BFD), both of Norwood and John J. Dewan (Bklne-FD) of West Roxbury. Jerry is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27th in the Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury at 11:00. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours at the P.E. Murray-George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., WEST ROXBURY on Friday from 5-9 P.M. Please omit flowers, remembrances may be made to the Gerard P. Dewan Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 830, Westwood, Ma. 02090. P.E. Murray-George F. Doherty & Sons West Roxbury 617-325-2000
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on October 25, 2001.