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Darryl W. Gerry
May 17, 2013
Darryl W. Gerry, 59, a longtime resident of Alfred, a dedicated husband, father, beloved Grandpa, and a true friend to many, died peacefully on May 17, 2013 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Darryl was born on February 28, 1954 in Beaufort, S.C. one of seven children born to Chauncey C. and Cecil A. (Rhodes) Gerry. As a youngster, he lived in the south and moved with his family to North Waterboro in 1968 where he attended Limerick High School; graduating from Massabesic High School with the Class of 1972.
Following graduation, Darryl enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Washington State, he came home on leave and the love of his life and soul mate was having her hair done at his Aunt’s home. It was a mutual attraction and soon Claire went out to visit Darryl. They were married on June 29, 1974 in Sanford and in 1976 made their home in Alfred. They were blessed with two daughters, Rachel and Michele.
Darryl was one that never lacked for employment. He worked at Sprague Electric, William Arthur, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and RSU 57. He loved driving his school bus and cherished the special relationships he shared with the kids and his co-workers. Bus numbers 1272 and 0372 will be long remembered as Darryl’s buses. Darryl also worked part-time at Giles Family Farm where he flirted with the ladies and many did not realize his wife Claire worked at the cash register! Darryl was described by his family with this quote, “He did everything right!”
Darryl was a man’s man who possessed a gentle and nurturing side. He was a Master Gardner, a Certified Trainer in water aerobics and was hard to beat when he held his spinning classes. You knew you got your work-out for the day in Darryl’s classes. He was a habitual yard sale shopper! He rose early in the morning and was at many doorsteps when they were still putting out their treasures for sale. He loved to take long walks in the early morning hours and reading a variety of books; novels, nature magazines, birding books and one of his favorite television programs was watching HGTV (Home and Gardening program to glean ideas.)
Darryl was active within the community sports programs and coaching. He coached the Shaker Valley Little League softball team and was proud of his daughters who continue to mentor kids in sports. He was a positive and patient role model to many kids. Darryl created beautiful stain glass pieces and appreciated any furniture that was drawn and made with the fine lines of the Shakers or Amish communities.
Darryl and Claire enjoyed their special New Year’s Eve ritual of going to North Conway each year. Together, they looked forward to their annual vacation on the Cape, in Hyannis, MA, where he would explore the many antique shops. Locally, he visited Shiretown Antiques and shops in Arundel.
By Darryl’s facial expressions, you knew what he was thinking and where he stood on an issue. He was a man that wasn’t afraid to nurture and listen to his many friends. Loyalty to his family and friends were evident in his life. Even with his diagnosis of cancer, he would not be defined by this insidious disease.
He always remained true to his moral compass and wanted the very best for his family. Darryl will be missed by many, yet his sense of humor and goodwill towards others will continue on.
He is loving survived by his wife of 39 years, Claire (Proto) Gerry of Alfred; his two daughters, Rachel Roy and Michele Libby-Baron and husband Matthew both of Limerick; three grandchildren who adored their Grandpa, Ethan and Samantha Roy, and Molly Libby-Baron and soon to be welcomed into the family, Maggie Libby-Baron; three brothers, Colin Gerry and wife Marie of No. Waterboro; Bryan Gerry and wife Judy of Wayne; and Kevin Gerry and wife Anthea of Spotsylvania, VA; three sisters, Valerie Lachance and husband Norman of Alfred; Sharon Gerry of Boynton Beach, FL; Janis Johnson and husband Robbie of East Waterboro; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his infant sister, Karen Gerry and his son-in-law, Robert (Tee) Libby, Jr.
A Celebration of Darryl’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Massabesic High School Gym, 88 West Rd., in Waterboro with Rev. Timothy Hutchins, officiating. You are invited to visit with Darryl’s family at the school from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service.
Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at the school.
In lieu of flowers, the Team Darryl Fund was established by the Circle of Giving and Good for All Pharmacy. This fund will provide prescription assistance for patients battling cancer.
You may donate in Darryl’s memory to the Team Darryl Fund, c/o Good for All Pharmacy, P.O. Box 238, E. Waterboro, ME 04030.
The family has requested those in attendance may wear the color purple and come casually dressed.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home, is respectfully handling arrangements.