Jerome A. “Jerry” Carpenter, 85, died peacefully with his family at his side Feb. 10, 2010, at the Quarry Hill Assisted Living facility in Camden.

Born in Norwich, Conn., on Jan. 9, 1925, he was the son of Harold and Pearl Reed Carpenter. As a young man, Jerome moved with his family to Florida where he attended high school in Miami.

In 1942, at age 17, Jerry left high school and joined the U.S. Navy and served for three years in World War II. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. While on military leave in Boston, Mass., Jerry met his future bride, Roberta “Betty” Wilder. Jerry and Betty were married Oct. 6, 1944, in Boston. Following his discharge in December 1945 Jerry and Betty settled in the Boston area and made their first home in Medford, Mass. In 1950 they moved to Tewksbury, Mass., where they raised their family and resided until 1970. While living in Tewksbury, Jerry was a member of the Wameset Masonic Lodge. One of the highlights of Jerry’s years in Massachusetts was stock car racing where he piloted “28 Jr.” around the local stock car tracks.

In 1970 Jerry and Betty moved to Thomaston, where for many years Jerry was employed with Shop & Save in Belfast where he worked as a meat cutter. He later worked in the same capacity for Samson’s in Rockland. During this time, he assisted Betty with her endeavors at the Chickadee Yarn Shop in Thomaston.

During the early 1970s Jerry and Betty bought a boat, the Cheryl R, and spent several memorable seasons boating on Penobscot Bay.

After his retirement in 1990 Jerry was a regular member of the coffee club at Dave’s Restaurant. When Dave’s closed, he enjoyed his morning breakfast at the Thomaston CafĂ©, becoming a regular there. For more than 15 years Jerry has been an active member of the West Rockport Baptist Church. He enjoyed many friendships created there. Many of his friends there referred to his car as the “Silver Bullet,” on which he averaged 50,000 miles each year. His family said it was not uncommon for him to enjoy a weekday lunch on Cadillac Mountain or on the shores of the scenic Bagaduce River. Jerry just loved driving along the coast of Maine.

Jerry’s son remembered this last year his father spent at Quarry Hill as a happy time. He said his father was thrilled with the staff and facility there. In a letter written to Jerry’s family by the Quarry Hill staff titled “Jerome Carpenter, Thank you for enriching our lives,” it was obvious that Jerry touched their lives as much as they touched his. They said he “never complained” and did things to try and make their job easier. Some of the words they used to describe him were “generous, caring, appreciative, easy going and the kind of resident you grow to care more for as the days go by.” His family was grateful that he was so comfortable there.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Roberta Carpenter; and a sister, Gloria Fowles.

He is survived by his son, Dennis Carpenter and his wife, Sharon, of York; his daughter, Cheryl Proulx and her husband, John, of Dracut, Mass.; four grandchildren, Craig Carpenter and his wife, Janie, of Shirley, Mass., Amy Manchester and her husband, William, of Nantucket, Mass., David Proulx and his wife, Gisele, of Surry and Brian Proulx and his wife, Kimberly, of Chelmsford, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren, Owen and Abby Carpenter, Timothy, Andrew and Robert Manchester, Sasha Proulx, and Joseph DuQuette.

Family and friends are invited to visit Friday, Feb. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the West Rockport Baptist Church on Park Street in West Rockport. A spring interment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Cape Rosier.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Quarry Hill Hospice Fund, 30 Community Drive, Camden, ME 04843.