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I had the pleasure of knowing Gerry on a professional level. He was a gentle men's gentleman and an outstanding example of what the Komet organization strives to project to the city of Fort Wayne.
i also got to know gerry on a professional level. far more than that i got to know him on a personal level and he was one of the niecest individuls ive had the priviledge to know. we had a common bond with hockey, the food business and cancer. thru it all gerry was always the same generous positive person. i will miss him but always remember him.
Hearing this news today really saddened me. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family today. I worked with Gerry at SuperValu for several years. I never saw Gerry play but heard many stories of his life as a Komet. I could not believe that he played without a mask! It was through Gerry that I also got acquainted with Reggie Primeau. Both great guys and a testament to the city of Fort Wayne, where they chose to spend their lives and raise their families. I will truly miss you, Gerry.
I was fortunate to get to know Gerry as he and I were part of an ushering crew at Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church for a few years back in the early 1990's. He was a very nice man and told terrific Komet stories. Of course, as a Komets fan I soaked them up. My favorite was the way he told the "Alton White" story. They were teammates and at one point even roomed together on the road. One night at the coliseum, Alton White, who had been signed by the Columbus Checkers took the puck after the whistle and flipped it up and struck Gerry in the face. It certainly took Gerry by surprise and hurt him. I can't remember the Komet who came to his aid, but I remember Gerry saying that this guy just pummled Alton White.
God bless you, Gerry. And God bless Janice and their children and grandchildren during this difficult time.
The player who gave that beating to Alton White was Ted Wright-Not one Columbus player came to his aid.