Obituary: Gerald Angier Vernon

Jerry Vernon, a 57-year resident of Darien, died on Sept. 21 at Stamford Hospital.

Born on Aug. 30, 1914 in Unsan, Chosen, Korea, he was the son of Joseph Angier Vernon and Blanche Marie Monnerat Vernon. He was 98.

In addition to his childhood years in Chosen, Mr. Vernon lived in Vevey, Switzerland, Newport, R.I., Mexico and Wyoming before settling in Allentown, N.J. in 1921.

He graduated from Colgate University in 1937, with a degree in psychology. He was a member of the Colgate varsity lacrosse team and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Mr. Vernon was an account executive for CBS Network Radio for 36 years.

He started his career at NBC network radio in New York, and when television arrived, he was promoted to general manager of NBC TV Network in Chicago. In 1947, he became director of the ABC TV Network in Chicago, where he met his future bride, Mary Moorhead, whom he married in 1950.

Mr. Vernon enjoyed sailing and golf for most of his life, and raced Ensigns on Long Island Sound. He was a member of the Darien Senior Mens’ Association, the Innis Arden Golf Club and the Noroton Yacht Club. He was a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross. Mr. Vernon especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. For many years he enjoyed several meals a week with his wife Mary at their favorite restaurant, Cafe Silvium, in Stamford. He was a parishioner at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Stamford.

Mr. Vernon is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Vernon, his son Gerald and wife Anne of Fairhaven, N.J., his daughter Ann Vernon of Fairfield, daughter Margot Sullivan and husband Daniel of Darien, son William and wife Jill of Darien, his sister Bianca Vernon Nealley of Montclair, N.J., eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Ferol Bruce Vernon.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

A Mass in celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM Friday September 28, 2012, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, 1200 Shippan Ave, Stamford.

Memorial donations may be made to Stamford Hospital Foundation 1351 Washington Blvd. Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902.