Mr. Gero retired from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision a few years ago, and Mrs. Gero stepped down from her position at Adirondack Hardware in Keeseville, where she worked for 28 years, last month.
Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas, who once worked with Mr. Gero at Adirondack Correctional Facility for a number of years, echoed Garrow’s sentiments.
“He was really committed to the community,” he said of Mr. Gero, who was the president of the Sons of American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks.
And Mrs. Gero, Douglas added, was equally as dedicated.
“They put their heart and soul into helping other people in their time of need,” he said.
Anytime someone lost a home to fire or needed help, Douglas noted, the couple would organize a fundraiser and take care of everything from cooking to setting up raffles for the event.
“They would do anything for anybody, and they did,” he said.
The town supervisor also recalled how, several years ago, Mr. Gero helped him plant his lawn in the pouring rain. And when Douglas went out of town shortly after, Mr. Gero stopped by his home everyday on the way to work to water the new lawn.
“They were an amazing couple, and they did a lot of good things for this community,” Douglas said. “They will be sorely missed.”
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