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Gerald Porter

Gerald Denis Porter

Sunday December 19, 1937 - Wednesday February 5, 2020
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PORTER, Gerald Denis December 19, 1937-February 5, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at the ag of 82 at the F. J. Davey Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Husband of the late Kathy. Predeceased by his parents Edgar and Lorita Porter. Father of Kathy (Mike), Kristy (Jason) and Robert. Grandfather of Kristopher, Jessika, Emmily and Abigail. Brother of the late Heather Ryan (late George). Beloved friend of Nancy and her daughter Jennifer. He was a special friend to many. Thank you to the wonderful staff of Birch 3 at the F. J. Davey Home for their compassion and sincere kindness. As per Gerry’s request, there will be a private funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the F. J. Davey Home Foundation.
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Russ Hilderley

Posted at 04:55pm
To Kathy,Kris,and Bobby ..........
For those who may not have known Gerry Porter ,my builder of mansions and monuments
We were high school buddies,sworn to sail the seven seasons one day.But then, we grew up,and those dreams faded rapidly. He fell in love,with a beautiful SCI student ....BUT Gerry wanted to get a degree in architectural technology,after working at Beaver Lumber on Bay Street for 2 years .She said goodbye to him ,after he'd completed year one at Ryerson. After graduating ,and working at an architect's firm for a time,designing the footings for the present day YMCA,he jetted off to the west coast and joined a manufacturing firm fabricating industrial warehouses.They promoted him to their east coast offices in Philly,Pa.
Gerry 's heart was ressurected in the love he groomed with Kathy,a young gal who had a child named Bobby.
When he found "the one".He returned home to the Sault,and began his career in architectural renderings in the employ of Perry Short.Perry, and his wife Janet embraced a deep friendship over the years with Gerry.
Gerald Porter and Kathy had two children together,and Gerry adopted Bobby as a son.
As time passed,he bought the hillside lot on MacDonald Ave. and built a unique home,accessible by a gantry,bridging the ravine over to the upper floor entrance.It was an inspired design,and reflected what they felt for each other.
Gerry lost Kathy to luekemia,when the girls were barely school age .He did his level best to raise his daughters and her son Bobby.
From then, to the beginning of failing health,he left his signature -designed houses. ..dotted throughut the city.Many of his are in the Fort Creek area,and are a lasting contribution to a beautiful subdivision.Most emotionally for me, was his custom designed Radio Station (studios and offices) "on the hill",overlooking the Bruce Street ravine. With a southern exposure ,it was a natural to use solar panels on the roof.It gave birth to the Radio Station's logo "Sunshine Radio". The former home of CFYN-AM and CHAS-FM is now the Healing Arts Centre,a legacy of Gerry's skills in design and construction.
His later years,were dedicated to Lou Lukenda's growing chain of Rest Homes in Michigan and beyond. Gerry used his credentials and knowledge of construction,to inspect each facility acquired by Lou's growing enterprise.Each new acquisition was to be brought to building standards of the day. He had his base-office in the stately Federal building in Sault Michigan overlooking the St.Mary's R,from which he oversaw the mandate given him by Lukenda/Sullivan entities.
Gerry and Kathy's children, by then were grown and on their own...one with a medical degree.
He was well liked by friends who remained in his circle of beveraging buddies,notably at the New "A" on most Friday's after 5....until Alzheimers began to take his mind and body.
WE had the most memorable adventures !
On one such adventure ,we flew to Copenhagen,and toured by train through to Hamburg,Amsterdam,the Hague,and enroute to Frankfort through Belgium. "Perry Short said we must have mussels,in Brussels" he touted to me, as we exited the train station into the old city and square.
Stu Baillie,a dear friend of Gerry's and my fellow Kiwanian of many years,remained close to him throughout his declining years .Alzheimers ripped away his memories of lifelong friends, and family.
Abrazos to his spirit,now sailing the 7 seas!
Sincerely,
Russ Hilderley
------30---

RH

Russ Hilderley

Posted at 04:40pm
For those who did not know Gerry Porter
We were high school buddies,sworn to sail the seven seasons one day.But then, we grew up,and those dreams faded rapidly. He fell in love,with a beautiful SCI student ....and Gerry wanted to get a degree in architectural technology,after working at Beaver Lumber on Bay Street for 2 years .She said goodbye to him ,after he'd completed year one at Ryerson.
After graduating ,and working at an architect's firm for a time,designing the footings for the present day YMCA,he jetted off to the west coast and joined a manufacturing firm fabricating industrial warehouses.They promoted him to their east coast offices in Philly,Pa.
Gerry 's heart was ressurected in the love he groomed with Kathy,a young gal who had a child named Bobby.
He was MY best man ,and I was to be HIS, if and when he found "the one".Gerry returned home to the Sault,and began his career in architectural renderings in the employ of Perry Short.Perry, and his wife Janet embraced a deep friendship over the years with Gerry.
Gerald Porter and Kathy had two children together,and Gerry adopted Bobby as a son.
As time passed,he bought the hillside lot on MacDonald Ave. and built a unique home,accessible by a gantry,bridging the ravine over to the upper floor entrance.It was an inspired design,and reflected what they felt for each other.
Gerry lost Kathy to luekemia,when the girls were barely school age .He did his level best to raise his daughters and her son Bobby.
From then, to the beginning of failing health,he left his signature -designed houses. ..dotted throughut the city.Many of his are in the Fort Creek area,and are a lasting contribution to a beautiful subdivision.Most emotionally for me, was his custom designed Radio Station (studios and offices) "on the hill",overlooking the Bruce Street ravine. With a southern exposure ,it was a natural to use solar panels on the roof.It gave birth to the Radio Station's logo "Sunshine Radio". The former home of CFYN-AM and CHAS-FM is now the Healing Arts Centre,a legacy of Gerry's skills in design and construction.
His later years,were dedicated to Lou Lukenda's growing chain of Rest Homes in Michigan and beyond. Gerry used his credentials and knowledge of construction,to inspect each facility acquired by Lou's growing enterprise.Each new acquisition was to be brought to building standards of the day. He had his base-office in the stately Federal building in Sault Michigan overlooking the St.Mary's R,from which he oversaw the mandate given him by Lukenda/Sullivan entities.
Gerry and Kathy's children, by then were grown and on their own...one with a medical degree.
He was well liked by friends who remained in his circle of beveraging buddies,notably at the New "A" on most Friday's after 5....until Alzheimers began to take his mind and body.
We had the most memorable adventures !
One such adventure ,we flew to Copenhagen,and toured by train through to Hamburg,Amsterdam,the Hague,and enroute to Frankfort through Belgium. "Perry Short said we must have mussels,in Brussels" he touted to me, as we exited the train station into the old city and square.
Stu Baillie,a dear friend of Gerry's and my fellow Kiwanian of many years,remained close to him throughout his declining years .Alzheimers ripped away his memories of lifelong friends, and family.
Abrazos to his spirit,now sailing the 7 seas!
Sincerely,
Russ Hilderley
------30---

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