In Memory of
April 24, 2020
Jerome Schneider, a Port Authority Police Officer passed
Jerry was born at home in
The Bronx on January 19, 1928 to Gussie and
Samuel Schneider. He was the baby of the family. His
sister Dorothy Komisar
and her husband Jack (deceased) were former residents of
brother Harold survived battles in World War II, came
home, and was killed
at age 30 in an automobile accident.
Jerry and I met when we were 15 years old while we were
on summer vacation
in the Rockaways in Long Island, New York. It was there
that we made lifelong
friends – some for as long as 75 years. At that time, we
found out that we both
lived in The Bronx, not too far from one another. Our
courtship began that fall.
We attended both High School proms in grand style and
In 1946, at the age of 18, Jerry enlisted in the United
States Army and was shipped to Japan after basic training. He was assigned to
Ordinance. However, by
a stroke of faith he as assigned to head the Enlisted
Men’s Club. He was creative
and became the “Pearl Mesta” of the post, providing
music, entertainment, etc.
for the enlisted men.
Jerry returned home in 1948. I received a telegram from
him telling me when
he would arrive. Looking at the telegram, I figured out
the only way home was
to fly. I called every airline and found a flight
arriving at LaGuardia from Seattle,
Washington. My family and his greeted our hero when he
stepped out of the
plane. We were engaged a few months after his return
home and married on
January 1, 1949. Unfortunately, Jerry lost his job two
weeks before the wedding.
Times were hard. After several bad jobs he found an ad
in The Bronx Home News
recruiting Police Officers for the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey. He
responded and that led to an outstanding 20-year career
at the Lincoln Tunnel.
After he retired from the
Port Authority he found a new 15-year career at Bear
Stearns. He started at the bottom,. advanced, and
retired as Director of Purchasing.
He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law,
grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. Our
75-year friend Edie was our travel companion. Jerry was
also very creative. He painted in oils until he
developed Basic Essential Tremor. He also built the most
beautiful bird houses. His mother said he had “Golden
Hands.” He could fix anything.
Jerry was on the Board of the Jewish Congregation of
Clearbrook, as well as the Section 10 Board until his
He had a great sense of humor, told long stories, loved
to travel, and was very social. In other words, he was
an all-around good man.
Jerry is survived by his wife Mildred (PA retired
--Public Affairs); daughter Betty Adamsen and her
husband Marc,; son Steven and his wife Ellen;
granddaughter Sara and her life partner Rachel Rosen;
grandson Joshua and his wife Beth; as well as
great-grandchildren Jordan, Olivia and Exa June (born
late evening on the day of Jerry’s funeral.