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Richard Gerry Jr. EDISTO ISLAND, SC - Richard Woodman Gerry, Jr., 73, of Edisto Island, SC died July 18th, 2013 at his home after a short but courageous battle with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma. He died as he lived, surrounded by friends and family. His warmth, fun loving spirit, and contagious sense of humor have marked the many people who knew and loved him. 'Papa Dick' was a surrogate father to an extended list of adopted sons and daughters and will be missed by far more than he engendered. Born June 1, 1940 in Portland, Maine to Richard Woodman Gerry Sr. and Corrine Paddock Gerry of Orono, ME, Dick spent his early years in Orono, where he was active in the Boy Scouts and achieved Eagle Scout. He graduated from Orono High School in 1959 and from the University of Maine at Orono in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Dick was a fraternity brother of Phi Gamma Delta, and active in the Charleston Chapter. He went on to get his Masters in Public Health from Yale University in 1969. In 1970 Dick moved to Charleston, SC where he worked as a health planner for the United Way. He then became a licensed insurance agent and started Planning Consultants, Inc. where he specialized in retirement and estate planning. He earned the esteemed Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Senior Advisor designations. Dick served as President of the Low Country Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and was an active liaison between the State and National Associations (NAIFA) until his death. Dick was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston and The James Island Yacht Club and enjoyed traveling, fishing and sailing EC12 radio controlled boats at a competitive level. Richard is survived by his soul mate, Suzanne Madsen of Edisto Island, SC, son James Howard Gerry of Williamsburg, NY, daughter Patricia Anne Gerry and husband Henry Smith of Clinton, NJ, son Richard Woodman Gerry, III and wife Rebecca Jane Gerry of Charleston, SC, brother Brian Thomas Gerry and wife Mary Ann Gerry of Old Town, ME, sister-in-law Dale Marie Ahearn Gerry of College Park, MD, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his wife Martha Ann Sheheen Gerry and his younger brother Dale Francis Gerry. There will be a memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston; date to be announced, and at Schoodic Lake, Lakeview Plantation, ME later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC, 29401. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Jul. 18 to Jul. 19, 2013.
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July 22, 2013
To a dear friend, you will be sorely missed.

G. Gene Corvino
July 21, 2013
Dick was a true friend to us for many years and we will miss him very much. He remembered our birthdays every year for as long as we can remember. May he rest in peace.
Ron & Rita Phillips
July 20, 2013
To the Gerry family and friends,
I met Dick through imvolvement in the Life Underwriters Association. He was always willing to step up to the plate and do whatever needed to be done for our organization, just a great guy. I wish you all peace and comfort in the days to come.
Becky Hyer Woods
Becky Hyer Woods
July 20, 2013
To the Guerry family and friends. Dick was one of the nicest people I've known. His kindness was eternal as well as his memory to me. I will miss his laughter and calmness too..
Carole Spradlin - Insurance Agent.
Carole Spradlin
July 20, 2013
To all the family, God has taken a special man to be with him in a better place, but has left us with all the wonderful memories that will never be forgotten. Rejoice and may God Bless you all.
Brenda Harvey
July 19, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Try to remember all the laughs and great times you shared.
Ellen, Gord, Calvin and Katie Waye
July 19, 2013
While you watch down on us in peace and comfort, please always know that you will be missed. Your contagious humor and bright spirit were always a ray of light at our NAIFA meetings.
Laura Stuckey
July 19, 2013
We feel very blessed that our paths crossed and that we experienced an incredible friendship in such a short time when our families came together through Ricky & Becky. We shall never forget your infectious laugh, your smile and gentle manner. Thank you Dick for the wonderful happy memories we have that will always be treasured, we are grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Gerry family.
Alan & Liz Perkins
July 19, 2013
May the angels in heaven send comfort in the days of storm.
May the prayers of those you love be with you to give you strength to face the loss.
Douglas Gerry
July 19, 2013
Old friends are the best, but are the hardest to lose. I enjoyed Dick from school and Boy Scouts into our “Golden Years.” His soft-spoken humor and easy manner remained unchanged over all that time. I'm glad we had the opportunity to reconnect later in our lives for annual Maine summer fishing excursions. Those weeks in the backwoods will always be among my most treasured memories. Our condolences to Dick's many friends and family. Lots of hard strikes and tight lines Dick!
Steve Murray
July 19, 2013
Lives diverge and converge. My dear cousin, you will be missed for now, but there is no doubt ours will converge again. Please give me a good word to make it so; just in case I fall short!

We were rarely together, but when we were it was always with a bright big smile, a laugh and a connection. I will miss you for those very memorable events. Indeed they were always 'events'.

"Time it was and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you

And the memory lives on with all of us.
Jim Fox
July 19, 2013
Our love and sympathy to Suzanne, Ricky and Becky for the loss of a super guy! His presence in spirit will always be with us at the pond.
Dick and Alma Reinke,
Yellowbird, EC-12 1936
July 19, 2013
Take comfort in knowing that now we have a very special guardian angle to watch over us.
Mary Ann & Brian Gerry
July 19, 2013
.....and a sign upon the door..."Gone Fishin'"
Love to my Gerry family, dale marie
July 19, 2013
Rick & Becky,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cindy and Michael McCabe
July 19, 2013
Rick, We are so sorry. Cindy, JB and I care for you deeply and will see you through your troubled time.
Michael McCabe
July 18, 2013
Always a gentleman with a laugh and a smile. We will miss you on the ponds.
Fair winds.
Tom Phillips
July 18, 2013
God bless you dear Richard for all the beautiful , loving memories you left for us to have and hold forever.
Nancy & Ned Ford
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