The first editor of The Hundred Call, Gerald J. “Jerry” Demeusy, died March 31. He was a reporter for The Hartford Courant from 1949 to 1984.
The founder of The Hundred Club, Anthony Ustjanauskas, asked Mr. Demeusy in 1969 to develop an official publication to keep members informed of the club’s activities. Mr. Demeusy wrote the articles and took the photos for every issue until he retired from the position in 1994.
Born in Manchester, he launched his newspaper career with the former Manchester Evening Herald. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre.
At the Courant he covered major crimes and Superior Court in Hartford His work won a variety of journalistic awards. He witnessed several executions at the former state prison in Wethersfield and authored a book “Ten Weeks of Terror” which detailed the Taborsky-Columbe killings in the 1950s.
Mr. Demeusy leaves a daughter, Mrs. Aline Scott of Farmington, and two sons, David and Gerald of Cape Cod.