Jeronim (Jerry) Bilac, age 93, husband of the late Anica Vugrinec Bilac, died July 21, 2010, at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born in Tisno, Croatia on July 6, 1917, he was the eldest of six children. He was educated in Zagreb, Croatia, where he worked as a photojournalist and a director for the agency for photo documentation as well as editor in chief of the books that were produced.

Bilac came to the United States in 1966 and settled in Bridgeport. His first job was at the Corbit Studios in Bridgeport, and he was also employed at the Famous Artist School. He then began working at the University of Bridgeport's bookstore. At UB, he later became an instructor in physics laboratory, a position he held until his retirement at the age of 72.

He also held a real estate license with the M. Trojanowski agency and was also an income-tax preparer for his own small business, "Jerry's Income Tax Service."

Bilac worked per diem as a Slavic language interpreter for the court system.

He was also known for helping people in need.

He was a longtime member of the Fairfield Senior Center and played table tennis daily. In 2000, he won the table tennis gold medal for the Connecticut Senior Games in Southington.

Bilac is survived by his daughter Lidija Klari and her husband Tony Klaric, and granddaughters Gorana and Diana Klaric of Bridgeport; his son Mario Bilac and his wife Pamela Bilac, and granddaughter Melissa McKnight, her husband Jonathan McKnight, and two great-grandchildren Anna and Matthew McKnight of Atlanta, Ga. He is also survived by three sisters, and was predeceased by a brother and sister.

A funeral service took place Monday in Holy Cross Church, Fairfield. Burial followed in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield CT 06824. To sign an online guest register, visit