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NORTH YARMOUTH -- Harvey Gerry died peacefully at home in North Yarmouth on May 14, 2014. The cause of death was prostate cancer.
He was born to Helen and Harvey Gerry in Paris, France, in 1931, and lived there with his family until the outbreak of World War II forced them to return to the U.S. As a boy he loved scouting and spent his summers as a swinger of birches at Sage Hill Camp in Jamaica, Vt. He attended Scarsdale High School and then went to Amherst College as an ROTC student. He studied political science, played football, and sang a cappella with true joy as a member of The Zumbyes.
As an undergraduate he also met and fell forever in love with Suzanne Woodbury, a student at nearby Mt. Holyoke College. They married in Paris in 1955 and deployed immediately to Naples, Italy where Harve was stationed for two years as a NATO communications officer. He then enrolled in Harvard Business School and upon graduation went to work for Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y.
His subsequent career traced through Bradford, Pa., Wilmington, N.C., and Northbrook, Ill., before turning to Maine, where Sue has deep roots. He worked most recently as a rehabilitation counselor in Portland, and volunteered at The Center for Grieving Children for several years. Harve derived his greatest pleasures in life from his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Sue; and their three children, Harvey R. Gerry of Eltville, Germany, Sally Gredlics of South Portland, and John P. Gerry of Williamstown, Mass.; plus eight grandchildren and scores of admirers. He gave himself completely to these people and was conscious at every moment of how precious life is. 'Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it -- every, every minute?' Harve Gerry did. He was both a saint and a poet.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 18, 2014
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"Harv, Every time our paths have crossed I have thought; Harv Gerry is really a nice guy. Reading about..."
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- Matthew Kralevich
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- Joseph Malloy
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