Earl Gerard "Jerry" Rees

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Earl Gerard (Jerry) Rees 82, passed away on May 27, 2014 at his home in River Ridge, Louisiana after a lengthy illness, with his family at his side. Jerry was born and reared in New Orleans, Louisiana and is preceded in death by his parents Earl Harrison Rees and Ethel Fougerat, his loving aunts Ruby, Hazel, Pearl, and Violet Fougerat, his eldest daughter Rachelle Anne Rees, his sister Jocelyn Marie Rees, and his brother-in- law Lesley White. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, of 56 years, Ayeesha O'Rourke, his daughters Courtney Marie Rees and Renee Rees Garrett(Randy), his beloved granddaughter Megan Rachelle Garrett and his sister Marilyn R. White, his brother-in-law Larry J. O'Rourke, Jr. (Dawn), sister-in-law Eileen F. O'Rourke, nieces Karen O'R. Haney(Brad), Jocelyn W. Jurovich(Ron), Roslyn W. Kinne(Randy), nephews Larry J. O'Rourke III, Thomas P. O'Rourke(Mary), in addition to many other loving relatives. In 1955, Jerry graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, where he received the Columbian Rope Company Award for Nautical Science. After graduation he spent two years in the Navy and rose to the rank of Lt.j.g. Jerry married in 1958 and moved to Houston, Texas to accept a position with Shell Oil Company. He returned to New Orleans in 1962 and was associated with T. Smith and Sons, Inc. and Crescent Towing Company from 1962 to 1970. In 1970, Jerry opened Top Hamper, Inc., a marine hardware and gift shop. He was co-owner of Walet Yacht Sales, a boat dealership and brokerage and finally ventured into Rees Marine, Inc., a business providing surveys of commercial vessels, on the Mississippi River and points beyond, until he retired in 1997. Jerry's love of sailing started at a young age as a member of the Sea scouts. At age 15, Jerry became a charter member of New Orleans Yacht Club, and later becoming a member of Southern Yacht Club. Jerry was also a member of the Power Squadron. He owned countless boats, large and small, but he especially loved the C&C 10 Meter "KOHOUTEk", which he sailed to a first place, in the Sugar Bowl Regatta in1973. The race was filmed and shown on Jim Metcalf's television show "A Sunday Journal". Many wonderful years were spent racing and cruising "AYRACORE" a Gulfstar 41 ketch, named by Jerry, for his wife and three daughters; a boat he and his family and friends sailed from New Orleans to Florida and all points in between, especially to Grand Hotel at Point Clear, Alabama. Six months after Jerry purchased the boat, he entered the Pensacola race, winning the race out of a fleet of 101 boats. He won first in fleet, first in class, etc. - 5 trophies in all, making it the only racer/cruiser boat ever to win the perpetual trophy. It made for another great day of sea stories and fun amongst the sailors at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Jerry sailed the racing circuit for most of his 82 years and always looked forward to the next race. Jerry was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend, who natured and loved his whole family all of his life. We, who love Jerry so, are comforted by the thought of his beloved daughter, Rachelle, waiting to greet him, as he left our hands and took hers. His love thoughtfulness will be missed every day in every way. His devoted West Highland white terrier still waits for him daily. Our family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of East Jefferson General Hospital for the care and compassion they provided to Jerry. We also wish to thank his devoted nurse, Mary Triggs. Please help us celebrate Jerry's life on Thursday June 5, 2014 at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119. Visitation will begin from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in St. LOUIS #3 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please have Masses offered at St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 10021 Jefferson Hwy. in River Ridge, Louisiana, which has been Jerry's Parish Church for the past 50 years or send a donation to , Memphis, TN.
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Schoen Funeral Home
3808 Pontchartrain Drive Slidell, LA 70458
(985) 643-2111
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 31 to June 5, 2014
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