Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Gore, 81, of Hendersonville, NC passed away peacefully at home on July 16, 2013.
Jerry was born in Buffalo, New York on November 30, 1931, the son of Irish immigrants Nora (O'Sullivan) and Michael F. Gore.
He was married for 45 years to Dolores (Walsh) who preceded him in death in 2007. They were the parents of five children: Michael Gore (Lisa)of Asheville, NC, Kerry Gore (Sherrie) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Siobhan Gore of Hendersonville, Teresa Gore Durvas of Hendersonville, and Timothy Gore (Teresa) of Charlotte, NC. Jerry was the proud grandfather of six; Nerissa and Elena Durvas of Hendersonville, Thomas and Nora Gore of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Miriah and Christian Gore of Charlotte. Jerry was preceded in death by four siblings: Kerry, Maureen, Danny, and Kevin. Surviving him are two brothers: John (Jeanne) Gore of Canesteio, NY, and Robert (Charlene)Gore of Amherst, NY.
Upon graduating from East High School in Buffalo in 1950, he began a 41-year career at Westinghouse. He proudly served in the Army National Guard rising to company commander and later he served as a Major in the Army Reserves.
Mr. Gore enjoyed his work at Westinghouse in New York and when the company offered him a position in North Carolina, he and his family moved to Hendersonville in 1977. This decision was made easier following the 200 inches of snow which fell in Buffalo during the winter of 1976-77.
He retired in 1991, which gave him more time to pursue his many interests. Aviation was an important part of his life serving as a docent and an active member of the WNC Air Museum and initiating the local Young Eagles program. He built his own plane and enjoyed travelling to the Oshkosh WI air show. Jerry was a lover of history and a voracious reader. Jerry was a member of the EAA, the local Elks Lodge, and the Civil War Roundtable. He was also a very talented photographer, whose motto was "never let anything interfere with getting the photo you want." This sometimes led to the embarrassment of his five children when they were younger, but now they all treasure the memories left in the photographs that he took. Other interests include: golf, gardening, and sharing his manhattans. He will be missed by all of his friends and family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday July 22nd at 5:30pm in Thos. Shepherd' Church Street Chapel followed by an "Irish Wake" at the Hendersonville Elks Lodge.
Donations in his honor may be made to the WNC Air Museum, 1340 E. Gilbert St. Hendersonville, NC 28792.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from July 21 to July 22, 2013