Jerry Carmen, 78, Spencerport, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was born December 13, 1938, in Holyoke, MA, the son of Irving and Virginia Margaret (Norris) Carmen. He was of the Jewish faith.
He grew up in Chicopee, MA, graduating from Chicopee High School in 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a Still Photographer. In 1966, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England College. He worked at Eastman Kodak Company and ITT Corporation, retiring in 2006 after 40 years of service. Jerry moonlighted as a square dance caller during his working years and in 1989 founded the popular square dance calling group the Hip Boot Boys. During his retirement years he continued his passion for square dancing, as well as round dance and line dance instruction, and choreographed a number of round dances.
Jerry also enjoyed collecting antiques, stamps, and coins; repairing, and refinishing furniture; artwork in the form of watercolors, pen and pencil drawings, stenciling, and sign painting; and watch and clock repair. He had a facility for foreign languages, being fluent in French, German, and Hebrew. He was a member of CallerLab, the Caller’s Co-operative of Rochester, and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
He met Elisabeth (Betty) Louise Primmer through the University of Massachusetts Heymakers Square Dance Club. They were engaged in 1963, wed June 18, 1966, in Williamstown, MA, then moved to Spencerport.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Morris Carmen.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Carmen of the home; four children, Debby Henrikson (Don) of Thompsontown, PA, Dan Carmen (Jen) of North Chili, Dennis Carmen of Albany, and Diana Papa (Brad) of Greece; two grandsons, Zachary and Joshua Carmen of North Chili; a sister, Sadie St. John (Leonard) of Holyoke MA; five brothers, Paul Carmen (Lorenda) and Larry Carmen (Anne) of Chicopee, MA, Harvey Carmen (Sherry) of Tullahoma, TN, David Carmen (Nancy) of Granby, MA, Sam Carmen (Min Cha) of Waldorf, MD; a sister-in-law, Rosa Carmen; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10, at New Comer Funeral Home, 2636 Ridgeway Ave. A private interment service will be held at St. John’s Cemetery, Spencerport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter, 135 Old Cove Rd, Ste 213, Liverpool, NY 13090; or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006; or St. John’s Cemetery, 55 Martha St, Spencerport, NY 14559.