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Jerry Loewenthal (W2JER)
July 31, 2003
Jer lost a battle with cancer. Although he beat colon cancer a few years back, it returned and metastasized in his lymph node and then went to his brain.
He was a past President of the Kings County Radio Club in Brooklyn, N.Y. and until he got sick the first time, had been active in NYC-ARES.
Jer had been interested in SWL and Amateur Radio for much of his life. As a member of a BBS I used to help run, he learned that I was already active in the hobby. I spent some time with him and invited him to a meeting of the Kings County Radio Club. Soon after he joined the Club's Novice/Tech class and got his license.
A few years after, and with not much practical and technical experience, Jer was elected as the President of the Club- not due to license class or knowledge of radio, but because he had a big heart and knew how to get people together and have fun.
Jer is survived by his fiancÚ Nadine, his sister and her family.
He is pictured in the foreground (with Kevin N2TO in the background) at the 2002 KCRC Field Day.
Contributed by: Rob Robinson (KB2PSM)
I first met Jerry in early 1999. He was a happy, friendly and welcoming person. When I took over the reins of Kings County ARES in June 2000 from Rob, KB2PSM, Jerry was there to give me his guidance and experience. Whenever I had a question or just needed someone to bounce an idea off of, Jerry always made the time to talk with me, even in the midst of his battle with cancer. He loved amateur radio and many of the people involved with it.
Jerry's leadership, kindness, compassion and companionship will truly be missed. Rest in peace OM.
Contributed by: Adam Fine (AB2IZ)
I met Jerry at my first ever ham radio meeting at Kings County Amateur Radio Club. As it turned out it was his first meeting also. We were fast friends because we both were newbies and were interested in getting involved in radio. I remember he was wearing a dark 3 piece suit. When I first shook his hand I thought he was president of the club. Little did I know that he would be president a few years later. Even while he was sick with cancer he still had his sense of humor. There was always room for a few laughs. We will all miss Jerry.
Contributed by: Elmar Vaher (K2EL)
I like the way he took that standup comic stance right before he'd tell us all a "good one". When he was president he'd always tell people not to get side-tracked with the stuff that doesn't matter. I imagnine that even as the years go by I still won't be able to fully grasp that he is gone from our realm. This picture is the way I'll remember him: waving to us all. Our club has lost so many fine hams in the past ten years. Jerry W2JER my pal: We will all not forget you. KCRC's F.D. 2004 will be held in your honor buddy.
Jer, we all miss you so.
***** Requiem vi Pacem *****
Contributed by: Anthony G. Catalano (WW2W)
This is a niece of Jerry's fiance, Nadine, who was very close with Jerry. Like Jerry, I'm a big music fan. I knew how much ham radio meant to Jerry and how passionate he was about it. In reading the posts on here about him, I am happy to see that he touched so many people and there are so many fond memories of him out there. Jerry was a wonderful person with an outrageous sense of humor. At family gatherings he was always the one to make everyone laugh. He was always there for his family and friends, even when he was sick. It's been 5 months but it is still very hard to believe he is gone. Sometimes it is hard to comprehend what happened, like a bad dream you hope you'll wake up from. Who knows, maybe Jerry is working on getting a ham radio club going up there :) Jerry, love you and miss you, and PS, the dogs miss you too.
Contributed by: Lori Pollicino (LPPT)
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