Founder of Stamporama
Jerry, born in 1932, began collecting stamps during WWII with a collection inherited from an uncle. Like many of us do, he dropped stamps until he got hooked again while introducing them to his 9 year old daughter in 1972. Collecting didn't "take" with the daughter, but Jerry was heavily involved in stamps until his death on February 5, 2003.
A teacher and Guidance Counsellor for 28 years, Jerry was retired and spent a great deal of time in volunteer work. He started Stamporama when he got a new computer in 1996 and "looked up who was interested in stamps and started Stamporama with 6 members in January 1996".
Jerry said, at one time, "Although we are still growing, I think of Stamporama as a family of stamp collectors. I feel that every member means a lot to me and I will always be grateful that I started this great club!"
We will miss Jerry's influence and dedication to Stamporama, but we are committed to carrying on his tradition.
Jerry wrote an interesting article in 2001 called "Jerry Abern, on himself" that you can read in the Stamporama Articles.