Donald Amerman, Jr.

Obituary of Donald F. Amerman, Jr.

     Don Amerman died on April 1, 2024, at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, FL, after a long battle with cancer.  He was 82.

He is survived by a sister, Suzanne Sheridan, niece, Suzie, and great-niece Wayra, he is also survived by his husband, Ted Morgan.

Don was born in Somerville, N.J. on May 28, 1941.  He attended Somerville schools until his family moved to Palmetto, Fla., where his father took on new employment.  Don was in his teens and finished school at Palmetto High School.

Pursuing his education he attended college in St. Petersburg, Fla.  A love of journalism prompted him to take on a part-time job with St. Pete Times where he covered local news.  He continued college at the University of Richmond in the early 1960s.

Looking for a larger market, he moved to New York City and accepted a job with an import-export company.  But he soon left that job and joined The Journal of Commerce, a daily business newspaper specializing in world trade and transportation.

Working his way up from the copy/news desk, he was named managing editor in the late 1970s.  He was responsible for a large news operation in New York, a bureau in Washington, D.C., plus correspondents at major cities and ports around the world.  Don was beloved by his colleagues.

When he retired, he decided to stay engaged with journalism by taking on freelance writing jobs with various publishers.

He also wrote for a publication called Web Feet, which researched topics for elementary school students.  It was used as a teacher’s aid.

He married Ted Morgan, his partner of 55 years, in January 2018.  Ted was also an employee of the Journal of Commerce.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:

Tidewell Hospice:


Share Your Memory of