Missing my Dad this Father's Day. My dad, Jerome Fields, advertising icon, World War II veteran, and beloved husband and father passed away in his home in Santa Monica, California October 8th, 2015. My mother, my husband and I were by his side. He was was 97.
In 1947, with nothing in his pocket but $250 and a lot of moxie (one of his favorite expressions), Jerry created Jobs Unlimited, which later became Jerry Fields & Associates. In time, through hard work, inimitable style, and with the help of his wife Eleanor, this would become one of the most influential head-hunting firms on Madison Avenue and make Jerry himself on of the original “Mad Men” of advertising. (See the article below, from 1986, entitled “Magnetic Fields.” Jerry was widely known for the originality and creativity he brought to every aspect of his life, from the art he collected to the cars he drove to the way he dressed to the Dalmations he rescued—first Chipsey, and then Mr. Wonderful. But those who knew him best will remember him most as a mensch, a man of integrity and a big heart, qualities not always associated with the cutthroat industry he spent his life in.
This is an anecdote shared with me by Christina, devoted housekeeper and companion to my parents, that illustrates the kind of man my dad was. Each morning Christina would have this conversation with Jerry:
Christina: How are you, Mr. Jerry? Jerry: How are you, Christina? Christina: I am good, Mr. Jerry. Jerry: And how is Mrs. Fields? Christina: Mrs. Fields is good. Jerry: Then I am good.
A few days before my father died, my husband Eric sat with him for a four-hour stretch. Eric talked, but by that point, Dad was no longer strong enough to speak. Suddenly, he gathered his energy, opened his mouth and uttered the classic last words, “And how are you, Eric?”
Jerome, Jerry, Jerr, Dad, Daddy-O, Dear Old Dad will be long remembered and much missed by all who knew and loved him. ... See MoreSee Less
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