Gerry ALTMAN

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ALTMAN, Gerry
May 16, 1933 - October 2, 2017
Gerry will be missed by all that knew him, especially his family. Wife Donna of 60 years; son David, daughter Lauren (John); Grandchildren Emily (Mark), Jack, Lucy, Jeff and great-granddaughter Ella. Brother Jack, in Paris and sister Rita (Steve) in London and his nieces and nephews.
Gerry was born in East London, England May 16, 1933. By 13, Gerry had left school and apprenticed as a tailor. At 18, he took his first of many trips to Paris, France where he met some Americans and could not believe the stories they told of life in America. He worked and saved enough to leave for North America. In 1953, he arrived in New York and went to Montreal finding part-time jobs. Gerry heard about beautiful Vancouver, hitchhiking 38 rides across the USA, landing in Vancouver.
Gerry was attracted to radio, becoming an advertising salesman at CKWX in 1956. After his first year he moved to CKNW where he became known as one of best in the city. In 1956, Gerry met Donna the love of his life and in 1957 they were married. He then moved stations to CHQM and CJOR and was recognized as an exceptional radio sales and marketing man in Vancouver.
After radio, his entrepreneurial spirit lead him to New York City where he discovered several opportunities, the winner was an office coffee business and in 1969 he started Executive Coffee Service. Gerry's quick wit and salesmanship built the business into one of the largest coffee services in BC. In 1973, he sold the business and started a new chapter in his life.
Gerry now had freedom to explore some other interests. He always had a love of photography, he met many lifelong friends though this passion. Together with his friends they began Vancouver Image Exploration Workshop (V.I.E.W) and brought many of the best photographers to Vancouver.
Many consulting jobs kept him busy from the BC Lions 1979-85 and Vancouver Day EXPO 86. Gerry launched First Night as Vancouver's first family New Year's celebration entertaining families for five years.
In 1990, he became a partner of Ken Koo Creative Group and was the general manager of this leading graphic design agency.
Gerry was a character and most of all a people person, interested in the lives of others. His enduring curiosity and enthusiasm for life was an inspiration for all those who knew him. Gerry was a great cook, his love of food was legendary with friends and family. From melton mowbray pie, kippers to gefilte fish, he loved a great nosh.
Gerry had a beautiful life.
Please join us at West Vancouver Yacht Club, Thursday October 19, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Donations can be made to the Vancouver Hospice.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2017
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