Hill Boss: Pays tribute to Jerome Mileur

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Pays tribute to Jerome Mileur

It is impossible to truly do justice to the life of Jerome Mileur, but his obituary in the Gazette on Sept. 7 came close.

Jerry’s professional accomplishments at the University of Massachusetts Amherst were well documented in his obituary, and those colleagues and students who knew him and worked with him will never forget him.

But my close relations with Jerry were so special to me that I am compelled to enshrine them here in print. Jerry was my dearest friend, and we did so many unforgettable things together that my life will never be the same without him.

We had breakfast once a week at Hotel Northampton where we discussed and sometimes vigorously argued over politics and our mutual affection for the St. Louis Cardinals.

We took a European river boat trip together. Of course we drove to the baseball shrine in Cooperstown, New York. We went to my hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York, where Jerry took a photo of me standing behind a gravestone of my parents.

I am 88 years old and no one knows how much time I have to live, but this much I do know — I will mourn Jerry Mileur for the rest of my life.

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