Owned Italian restaurant
Jerry Martire, a retired restaurateur, died Monday of heart failure at the Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 82.
He retired in 1983 as the owner of Jerry's Italian Cuisine in Fort Lee, N.J.
He opened the restaurant in 1953 and built a clientele that included entertainers and sports figures who worked in New York, but lived in Northern New Jersey. The restaurant's kitchen became a school for Italian immigrants and for members of New York-area minority groups who wanted to become chefs.
Mr. Martire, who spent winters in Hallandale, Fla., after he retired, was born in the province of Calabria, Italy. He served an apprenticeship as a chef in restaurants in Italy before moving to New York in 1930 and opening his first restaurant, which specialized in Southern Italian cooking.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Adeline Barone; two sons, Daniel E. Martire of Potomac and Dr. Joseph R. Martire of Timonium; a brother, Attilio Martire, and a sister, Theresa Martire, both of Fort Lee; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Stella Maris Hospice Fund.