Monday, March 16, 2015
Gerald “Jerry” Michael Apoian of Westport died March 10. He was 65.
He was born Nov. 11, 1949 in Detroit, Mich. to parents of Armenian descent. He was a longtime Westport resident, moving here from New York in 1993.
He learned the values of hard work and devotion to family by witnessing his mother and father’s commitment to establishing a better life for their children in America, his family said.
Like his parents, he put his family before himself, and was unconditionally supportive of their happiness. His warmth and love were felt in abundance at family gatherings, annual Christmas trips to Michigan, and his delight in his three young grandchildren.
His tireless work ethic was evident to all who knew him. He took his first job at the age of 7 delivering papers. During his teen years, he drove trucks and took other jobs, which allowed him to pay his way through Michigan State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in communications.
Throughout his life, he maintained a passion for his work. Following a successful career in advertising with numerous directing and writing credits, he worked as a production consultant at APR (Advertising Production Resources) until his death.
An award-winning creative professional. his career included producing, directing, copywriting, and brand-building across the entire media mix.
As a director, he received widespread acclaim for his work on some of the world’s leading commercial campaigns. His awards include most major ad-industry honors, including prestigious Gold and Silver Lion awards from the Cannes Film Festival.
At APR, he headed up the company’s Production Reinvention project, a groundbreaking initiative that helps clients explore new methods and technologies for adding value, uncovering efficiencies and enhancing overall production management.
Like his family, his colleagues loved him for his kindness, patience, humor and gentle manner, and his ability to solve problems while being diplomatic and trustworthy.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lynn; children, Jay Fitzgerald, Zachary Andrew, and Zoe Marie; sister, Sharon Lee; brother, Richard Charles; and grandchildren, Daniel Matthew, Sinclair Jane, and Joseph Michael.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Northeast Children’s Theatre Company online at: http://www.nctcompany.org.
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Such a warm, kind man. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to call him friend.