Friday, November 18, 2016
This photo is a great way to remember him because it makes a lot of his great qualities immediately apparent. This is his garage, and it was spotless. I've never seen such a clean garage! That day he took apart my father's Glock and fixed the periodic jamming that occurred and cleaned it down to the last part. He knew exactly what he was doing and was patient and very helpful even though I am helpless at mechanical things and repair.
He also drank an American beer (barely a beer, if you are being technical)! Although Gerry was a fantastic cook and brewed his own beer on occasion, he was not big on pretense and was a very practical guy. He knew how to make his own entertainment and when to casually enjoy what was already available.
Gerry was a great artist. He was able to draw, paint and illustrate. He often helped me with holiday cards and also did our fantastic Gunstock flyer every year. He was a man of many talents.
He wasn't very good at retiring, however. He kept trying to retire but then he would go back to work. I think he liked helping people, especially with regards to hunting, and he liked to learn more about the gear and technique so that he could get better.
It won't be the same at the Bears' home opener and it certainly won't be the same with Gunstock. We will miss you, Gerry.