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May-06-14
I knew Gerry from his (and my) Bell Canada days. I had just begun my working career and his was winding down, yet we became good friends. I moved to Toronto and slowly lost touch with Gerry, but I would often think of him. I regret not seeing him in the intervening years. Now I wish I had the opportunity to say how much I admired him and how much I valued his friendship. Gerry was truly a remarkable man---a one of kind gentle man.
July-11-13
i remember Gerry and his family as a steady parishioner. Then came the terrible death of his daughter, Celia, such a sweet person, on July 6, 1985, the feast of Saint Maria Goretti, killed at 12 for resisting the advances of Alessandro, 18, from a family who shared the same dwelling. Pius XII declared her a saint in 1950. Alessandro attended the ceremony, having served 30 years in prison where he acted as a gardener. He became a Franciscan monk, reconciled with Maria's mother and her siblings.Gerry threw himself into reform of Canada's treatment of criminals, often mentally ill. That day never comes without my recalling the pain inflicted on Gerry, his wife and children. i really regret not seeing him before he died. May all of you be blessed and healed, and re-united in heaven. Fr. Barry McGrory, 13.07.
December-13-12
I worked with Gerry over 30 years ago (at Bell / TransCanada Telephone System), and he still stands out as the most remarkable colleague I've ever known, and a valued friend. For business, I've traveled with him across Canada - from St. John's to Vancouver. As a friend, Gerry even helped me build my house (putting in some electrical outlets). As life would have it, we haven't always stayed in touch, but Gerry will be remembered - and deeply missed.
December-06-12
Dear Jan,

Howard and I were so sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this sad time.

Although we have not had the good fortune to see you for a number of years, we fondly remember all of those fundraising auction/dinners when we shared a table, good conversation and your's and Gerry's delightful company.

Gerry was such a likeable man and was sincerely interested in the people that he shared time with.

A fine man, wonderful father, role model, veteran, volunteer, advocate and friend. We are lucky that you chose to make Ottawa your home all those years ago.

We hope that with time your tears will turn to only happy memories of the wonderful life you shared together.

Mary Sarsfield and Howard Chatterton
December-05-12
Jan, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and family.
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