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 Gerald Morton “Jerry” Leon

Gerald Morton “Jerry” Leon

Birth
Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Death 4 Jun 1997 (aged 64)
Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 6367891 · View Source
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On June 4, 1997 the world lost one of it's sweetest souls when my wonderful dad died of lung cancer, a brutal disease he said he would not wish on his worst enemy... as if he actually had one. He was 64 years old. Not a young man but certainly much before his time.

He was a kind, patient and gentle father who would always make time for his kids. He was involved (or at least interested) in everything we did. He was a sweet soul, incredibly funny and a talented artist, painter, carpenter and singer. Boy, could he SING!!

He was a Navy Korean War Veteran and served aboard three ships, including the USS Donner and USS Des Moines as a signalman sending critical, secret messages between ships using Morse code, lights and flags.

He surely wasn't perfect and made his share of mistakes, but in all my life with him I never saw him do anything to hurt another human being either physically, emotionally or financially. He treated everyone with respect and would no sooner walk by a janitor or doorman without cheerfully saying hello than he would the president of the United States. He never once uttered a racial or ethnic slur and would have never tolerated that from us. He was a gentleman by definition because he was just that, a "gentle man."

I still live my life in a way that would make him proud of me and always will, but even if I live a hundred years, nothing I ever do or accomplish will make me prouder than simply being this man's son.


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  • Created by: Ronald Leon
  • Added: 24 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6367891
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Morton “Jerry” Leon (14 Jan 1933–4 Jun 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6367891, citing King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Ronald Leon (contributor 46521038) .