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Jerome J. Scherer Sr., owned jewelry store Sept. 29, 1927 -- Sept. 22, 2005

Jerome J. Scherer Sr., third-generation owner of Scherer's Jewelers, died Thursday in his Williamsville home of natural causes. He was 77.

Known as "Jerry," Mr. Scherer was born in Buffalo and was a 1945 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. He attended Canisius College.

He was a lifelong employee of the family business, which was founded in 1903 by his grandfather. Mr. Scherer moved the business from 1382 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, to its present location on Main Street, Snyder, in 1967.

Mr. Scherer, who retired in 1993, also was a resident of Waverly Beach, Ont.

He was a member of the New York State Jewelers Association and 24 Karat Club.

A parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Buffalo, he was a former member of the Family Life Department of the Diocese of Buffalo and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Scherer also was a member of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association, Nardin Academy Parents Guild and the Buffalo Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ann Forton; a daughter, Annie Allen of Orlando, Fla.; five sons, Jerome "Jay" Jr. and Richard M., both of Amherst, William T. of Huntington Beach, Calif., James L. of St. Louis and John M. of Kenmore; two sisters, Rosemarie Burke of Williamsville and Aileen Duerr of Clarence; and 28 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Williamsville.

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