Funeral of David Gerrard
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David passed away peacefully on Friday 26th February 2021, aged 82. The beloved husband of Diane, loving father of Richard and Mark. Grandfather of Tristan, Joe and Kai. David was a larger than life character whose open, calm and friendly nature spread kindness, love and friendship among all who spent time with him. He was known for his playful sense of humour and his boundless sense of fun.
David was born to his Baker Father Joseph and Marion Gerrard on December 7th 1938 in Crumpsall, Manchester, sadly Marion died when David was around four years of age so David and his sisters Enid and Lynda were bought up by their Auntie Flo and Uncle Frank. David left school and went to work at the Palmolive soap factory.
David was born just as Britain was facing the second World War and following the War, national service was introduced in 1949 and aound 1955 David was called up, spending his 18 months at York Barracks in the Medical Corps.
Once established back home David began working for ICL at The University of Manchester, employment which would change his life for ever as part of his job entailed communications via telephone with the girls in London. David arranged to meet a young girl called Diane on what was essentially a blind date, travelling down to London to meet one Saturday, under the Charing Cross Clock. Following this romantic meeting the couple spent most weekends together walking around central London, sitting on the fountains in Trafalgar Square and it was just four weeks into this courtship before David turned to Diane and proposed. The couple were engaged in 1966 and married in Bexley Heath in 1968.
David and Diane made their first home together in Dartford where they remained for 9 years, welcoming Richard in 1973 and completing their family with the birth of Mark in 1976, just prior to David’s work requiring a relocation to Congleton as he transferred to ICL in Newcastle.
David was made redundant by ICL but continued to work based in Stanmore making the weekly commute from Congleton for many years. His final job was as a Patient Record Analyst based at Leighton Hospital close to home in Crewe.
It was during this time that happy weekends would be spent volunteering as a National Trust Recruiter at Little Moreton Hall, a place David loved and something he shared with Diane as they were both members of the History Society in Congleton.
David is remembered as never loosing his temper with situations or people, never showing anger or using bad language. He has a life which should be celebrated, the life of a wonderful Husband, Father, father in law to Tracey and Aki and Uncle, and Grandfather.
He will be fondly remembered and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
The funeral was held privately at Birches Crematorium on Friday 12th March. Donations were sent instead of flowers and gifted to Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK and The British Heart Foundation.