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Joseph Leo Gerow

Joseph Leo Gerow, 88, of Beverly and longtime of Ipswich, died peacefully Friday, October 26, 2012 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

He was born July 9, 1924 in Lowell, son of the late Raphael Francis and Dora E. (Cossette) Gerow. In his early years he lived with his family in Lowell and then Rowley, where he attended school. They moved to Windsor, Maine where they lived for twenty years, returning to settle in Ipswich in 1966.  He worked in numerous positions throughout his life, with his last employment at the Ipswich Cemetery and Parks Department, from which he retired in October 1993.

Leo particularly enjoyed the latter years of his life while living with his beloved sister, Frances, they took great pleasure in camping at LenKay Campground in New Hampshire and traveling, taking numerous trips to visit their brother in Sacramento, California, Frances’ son’s family in Ohio, and family in New Hampshire and Maine. Together they rooted for both the Red Sox and Patriots, enjoyed music, crafts and playing their nightly game of Rummy. Leo particularly loved his nightly TV game shows.  Leo, or Joe as he was sometimes known, also enthusiastically participated in social programs provided at Day By Day Adult Care in Gloucester. Upon the death of Frances in 2011, Leo moved to Beverly where he resided in a Bridgewell Home. He spent his final days at the Kaplan House where he received great care and comfort.

Leo’s family is extremely grateful for the loving care, devotion and affection he received from the caregivers at his Bridgewell home – we cannot thank them enough for the dedication, support and sense of family they all provided “Joe”, as he was known to them.

He is predeceased by siblings, David Raymond Gerow, William Arthur Gerow, Frances Egan Hovey, Jeanette Dora O’Connor, and Beverly Ann Wilson.  Leo is survived by, and will be greatly missed by, his numerous nieces, nephews, great and grand nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held 10 am Friday, November 2, 2012 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Bridgewell, 471 Broadway, Lynnfield, MA 01940.

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