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Gerry Hedlund, 74, of Wilmette, IL passed away on 8-18-18 after a commendable 6-year fight against leukemia. He was a loving father to Jeff and Laurie (Peter Obara), proud grandpa to Jake, devoted brother to Ron (Cathy), dear uncle to Chris, Brian and Kelly (Max Kanter) and loyal friend to many. Born in Chicago to Gunnar and Doris Hedlund, he graduated from Northwestern University, raised his family in Glenview and later moved to Wilmette. He spent his youth traveling the country and racing powerboats with many who would become lifelong friends. That passion was channeled into a career as he and his brother designed and built their own boats. Gerry and Ron, together with their parents, then opened Hedlund Marine Sports, which served the boating and sailing needs of the North Shore for close to 50 years. Gerry was a master craftsman with a creative mind and an eye for detail. He enjoyed adventurous travel, spending time on the water and catching up with friends. Family and friends celebrated Gerry's life on September 9th. Should you wish to make a donation in his honor, please consider the Kellogg Cancer Center c/o NorthShore University Health System Foundation or Grand Teton National Park, a place Gerry loved.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 13, 2018
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