WILLIAM PETER ("Pete") SECONDUS CRUICKSHANK GERRY, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Cucamonga on July 7, 2014. Pete was born in Sussex, England on February 21, 1940; the sixth of seven children to the late Harold Joseph Cruickshank Gerry and Agnes Catherine Gerry (O'Keeffe). The Gerry family moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1947 where Pete graduated from Spartanburg H.S. in 1958 and Wofford College in 1961. Pete joined the U.S. Marines after college, simultaneously gaining U.S. citizenship. Following assignment to Camp Pendleton, CA, Pete left military service in the mid-1960's and settled in California. Pete worked as a programmer and software engineer for Honeywell in Orange, CA and later for TRW and Northrop Grumman in San Bernardino, CA where he worked on aerospace guidance systems. During life, Pete was a surfer, a youth soccer coach, a Trail Boss for the Alta Loma Riding (Equestrian) Club, a member of Rancho Cucamonga Equestrian Patrol Unit #417 (San Bernardino Co. Sheriff), and a member of the Southern California Road Cycling Association. But most of all, Pete was a tennis player. He played tennis from the time he could hold a racket and convince his older brothers to take him to the courts. He was active in the U.S. Tennis Association, and passed retirement playing tennis at every opportunity. Pete played tennis through the very end, competing in his last USTA tournament just two weeks before he passed away. Pete is survived by his loving wife Lark Houston Gerry, children Alec Gerry, Michael Gerry, and Jennifer Gerry, step-children Shane Houston, Jason Houston, Bonnie Houston-Stratton, and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by first wife Marsha who died at a young age in 1978. Pete is also survived by ex-wife Donna Kuri and her children Scott Gaines and Michael Pulbrook, and by siblings Alexander Gerry, Astrid Daly, Harold Gerry, James Gerry, Josephine Gerry, and Carolina Willis. Pete was a wonderful father and a friend to many. He will be remembered for his kindness, love of family, and sense of humor. Services will be held on July 17, 2014 at 11AM. Pete will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery to honor his military service.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on July 15, 2014