Jerome Kersey touched all in community

Jerome Kersey died at the age of 52

Jerome Kersey, seen in an undated photo, died Feb. 18, 2015. He was 52. (KOIN 6 News, file)
Jerome Kersey, seen in an undated photo, died Feb. 18, 2015. He was 52. (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Jerome Kersey was more than just a Trail Blazer in the Portland community. He was involved in several organizations that helped shape his town.

The Trail Blazers Boys and Girls Club exists because of Jerome Kersey. The club’s Traci Rose said Kersey was like a brother to her.

She first worked with him at the Blazers office in the 1980s, but their friendship grew over the years.

“This might be a Boys and Girls Club and a building,” Rose said. “But this is here to help kids that he saw himself in.”

The Boys and Girls Club will honor Kersey’s legacy at their annual fundraiser Thursday night.

Kersey was very active with the kids here but he was also involved with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Brian Grant Foundation, Grassharper Foundation, the Rotary Internationa and the Prince Hall Masonic Order, just to name a few.

“If you look,” Rose said, “just about any big thing that’s happened in Portland over the last 30 years you’re going to find a picture of Jerome Kersey.”

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