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Honor Your Hero, Jerome Carr

Story as told by Jerome's husband, Matthew

Jerome Carr, December 2022 Hero of the Month

Jerome D. Carr was an amazing and deeply devoted husband and father. He will always be remembered for his humbling generosity, his wickedly insightful sense of humor, his brilliant business mind, his incredible work ethic, his unique sense of style, his love of his dogs Bentley and Gizmo, his close relationship with his nephews, Royal and Legend and his son Brandon, and his deep connection with his husband and best friend Matt. Jerome loved to give a hand to those most in need. Jerome was a great friend to many people all over the country and all different walks of life and will be deeply missed by so many.

Jerome was only 35 years-old when he sadly passed away on September 4, 2022, at ECMC in Buffalo, NY.

Jerome, Matt, and Brandon with their dogs

He was born October 23, 1985, the son of Dawn R. Carr. Jerome graduated from college at Boston University with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management and went on to study at the Harvard Business School. Jerome worked for Greystar Building Management as a Marketing Coordinator at the beautiful Auden building in Amherst and was deeply cherished by his co-workers and clientele. Jerome is survived by his husband Matthew and his son Brandon. In his high school years, Jerome was a high achieving student as well as a skilled athlete, playing rugby for his school team. Jerome was very well-read, and his favorite book was Mastery by Robert Greene because he so strongly believed in the importance of dedication to one's craft and relentless hard work.

Jerome and Matt selfie

He loved going on shopping sprees...only to fill his cart (or carts) with piles of gifts for others. Jerome had a brilliant knack for marketing and was very technologically savvy. However, when Jerome stepped out of the office, he was extremely gifted at landscaping and gardening, and cooking. Jerome was very close to his grandfather the late Robert L. Carr and his grandmother, Mary Johnson.

After his passing, Jerome was able to donate his heart and liver, to save the lives of two individuals. His heart was transplanted into a male in his 40's in North Carolina and his liver was transplanted into a female in her 40's in Illinois. Both recipients are fully recovered, doing well, and have a new life thanks to Jerome's final act of selflessness. The donation process has brought Jerome's family so much joy and inner peace, knowing that Jerome was able to help two individuals in need and that a part of him lives on in them.

Jerome and Matt selfie on golf course

No matter what Jerome was going through in his own life, he always made sure to help those less fortunate than him. His spirit of generosity was a major force for good in the world. To honor Jerome's memory, simply lend a helping hand or a listening ear to someone less fortunate than yourself. This is truly who Jerome was.

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