San Diego — A little over sixty years ago, Richard W Amero, left Gloucester and moved to San Diego, he then worked for over 30 years with San Diego Gas & Electric, retiring in 1992. While physically in San Diego his heart remained in Gloucester, his book shelves were lined with books about his home town and his walls were adorned with works of art by Fritz Huge Lane and would gladly tell anyone willing to listen stories of his childhood. He returned to Gloucester as often as possible and made a special point of attending his high school reunions.
On December 22, 2012, Richard Amero passed away in a retirement community in San Diego, he was 88 years old.
In San Diego while his vocation was a material analyst for a utility company his avocation and first love was history, especially San Diego history and specifically San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, for over forty years, Amero published articles and wrote about the park and issues that affected it. In the San Diego History Center there are over 160 binders of his historical research which the public and students access daily to do their own research. He was honored by the Congress of History, and in 2010, he was awarded the Gertrude Gilbert Award. for his work on Balboa Park.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, landing in Normandy in July 1944, he returned to Normandy for a visit in 2000. Mr. Amero was grateful for the education he received at Gloucester High School; class of 1942, Hebron Academy, Black Mountain College and Bard College where he graduated in 1951.
When Mr. Amero was not doing historical research and writing, he busied himself by going to the theater, listening to classical music and opera and, reading. Many of his book reviews can be read on Amazon. He loved the works of William Shakespeare and some might remember him acting with the Gloucester Summer School of the Theater where he performed with his life time friend Addison Bray.
Mr. Amero was predeceased by his father, William Osborn Amero; mother, Dora Mason Amero; brother, Donald Amero and sister, Pollyanna Amero Keating. His brother, George Amero still resides in the family home at 32 Bass Ave.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mr. Amero's remains will be returned to Gloucester this spring and interned in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery.