Mentor Jerome, 40, tragically passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on Sunday, May 15th, 2022 near Woodbine, Maryland while on his way home. He was born on May 4th, 1982 in Duvalier-Ville (Cabaret) Haiti to Seamstress Marie Jeanne Maude Jerome nee Brutus, and late father, farmer, Pierre Saurel Jerome. \r\n\r\nMentor and his family came to the United States in 1991 when he was just 9 years old. Growing up in Chicago, Mentor graduated from James H. Bowen High School in 2000 where he was in the JROTC, Drill team, and Pre-Engineering and Architecture Program. \r\n\r\nAfter high school, Mentor enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2000. Assigned to the USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) in Little Creek, VA, Mentor would later meet his future wife, Crystal, in 2002 while on deployment in the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom. They married in 2010. Mentor was later promoted to an Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class and assigned to VFA-115 Fighter Squadron out of Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA. He deployed with the Squadron to both the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN and USS JOHN STENNIS during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003. Mentor was awarded numerous medals, ribbons, and awards, including both Surface and Air Warfare badges. Mentor was honorably discharged from the military in 2004 at the end of his tour of duty. He then attended the City of Chicago Colleges and obtained his Associates degree in Spanish. \r\n\r\nIn 2007, Mentor joined the Chicago Police Department as a Police Officer where he would stay until his medical retirement in 2020. During his tenure, he earned numerous awards, Honorable Mentions and Commendations. He worked as a language translator and counselor throughout his tour of duty. An inventor inspired by his job, Mentor designed and created a new sensor, pending patent. \r\n\r\nMentor's love for aviation led him to become a rotary wing commercial helicopter pilot in 2010. Fluent in 4 languages, and comprehension of 3 more, Mentor earned his Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. He was also a certified MRI technician, HVAC technician, Home/Radon Inspector through ASHI, had his Class A Commercial Driver's License, a recreational sky diver, and was an advanced certified scuba diver with Nitrox. A talented artist and musician, Mentor completed his Master of Fine Arts in Animation at DePaul University in Chicago with only a small portion of his thesis remaining. He was attending film school, taking sound and audio engineering courses, and studying photography before his life was tragically cut short.\r\n\r\nMentor leaves behind his memory to be forever cherished by his wife of 12 years and partner of 20 years, Crystal Jerome nee Kellogg; three young sons, AEgypt Jerome, Archon Jerome and Aurion Jerome; mother, Marie Jerome; sister, Marie Jerome and husband, Jean R. Cime and children; sister, Saulette Jerome and children; half-sister, Ginette Sanon and husband, Wilzer Pauleston and children; half-sister, Jesse Sanon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.\r\n\r\nHe was preceded in death by his father and his half-brother, Joseph Charlemagne Jerome.\r\n\r\nA public viewing will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, 5609 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, MD.\r\n\r\nServices will be held in Chicago, IL. A public viewing will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Gatling's Chapel, 10133 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. at Chicago Bethlehem French SDA Church, 750 W. 90th St., Chicago. Interment is at Mount Hope Cemetery, 11400 S. Fairfield Ave, Chicago, IL. The service will also be live-streamed online for those who are unable to attend.