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May 27, 2020
Many moon ago when I was a student at FES, Gerry started influencing the way I think about housing and homelessness. He challenged me to think about solutions to complex social issues rather than just describing them.

When I was a young professional, Gerry would reach out from time to time to see how I was doing and to talk shop. They were short, meaningful conversations. They were usually filled with dollops of wit and sarcasm as well. I like to think Gerry got as much out of those conversations as I did. We shared an unspoken respect.

Even as we spoke less in recent years, Gerry would cross my mind. Sometimes it would be when writing, and I could hear Gerry's voice telling me to say what I needed to say more succinctly. Or last year when I released the Book on Ending Homelessness, I wondered what Gerry would think of it, given he had written a book about Homelessness that was so influential to me.

Gerry was a good man, worthy of my highest esteem. I am a better man for knowing him.
May 25, 2020
I was so saddened to learn of Gerry's passing eighteen months ago. Gerry and my father, Don Quaintance, were close friends. I'm not sure exactly when they met, but I believe it was in the late 1960s. They started a marketing and financial services consulting company together in Hawai'i (Daly & Quaintance!) when Adam (Gerry's firstborn son) and I were toddlers, and for a time, our families spent quite a bit of time together. Even after we Quaintances moved to California, Gerry and my Dad kept in touch. Gerry accompanied my Dad to visit me during the year I spent doing academic research in Venice, and took beautiful and sensitive photographs there. I am grateful to Gerry for the support and advice he offered me as I negotiated my own academic career, and especially for his lucid and kind analysis of the ways in which we are not defined by external approval or validation but instead by the way we live our lives and the way we show up for the people we love. I am also incredibly grateful to Gerry for the friendship he offered my dad, throughout their lives but especially after my dad's health declined and he began to withdraw and isolate himself. I know my dad was grateful, too, to know his buddy was there for him. My dad died in September of 2018, just two months before we would lose Gerry, too. It meant a lot to me to talk to Gerry after my dad died; as usual, he offered both kindness and understanding. Gerry and my dad were very different in so many ways (my dad was as conservative as Gerry was forward-thinking), but they shared a piercing intelligence, quick wit, and a love of Hawai'i. As Adam said to me, it is comforting to think of them together, taking companionable potshots at each other over a beer, both of them with that twinkle in their eye. I am grateful for this opportunity to remember Gerry, and especially for his presence in my dad's life and in my own life. Sending comfort and peace to all who loved him, especially Adam, Jeremy, and Liz. Courtney Quaintance.
May 25, 2020
My mom, dian marino and Gerry were colleagues at the Faculty of Environmental Studies. for a couple of decades. I was in my early twenties when she passed away but I remember Gerry being her friend until the end. She adored him and I am grateful for their friendship.
May 22, 2020
My sister, Kathryn Oughtred, introduced us to Gerry. When Gery moved to Port Hope, we looked forward to getting to know him better, as a friend & neighbour. We enjoyed his sense of humour, wit, & abundance of knowledge for the short time that we knew him. Unfortunately this came to an end much too soon.

We know he is missed by all who knew him & loved him.

Jill & Norm Quick
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