Sunday, January 12, 2014


I just found out my friend Gerry "pronounced gary" passed away last October. Obviously we were not everyday bestest buddies but his passing saddens me deeply. I met Gerry when I was a Fleet Manager for a trucking company and he was one of the drivers I dispatched. Unlike most of the other drivers Gerry actually treated me decent and we had many conversations about his life in the military compared to mine. He had spent 3 years as a draftee in Vietnam era Germany and I had retired after 22 years of voluntary service. We also talked often about the other things Gerry had done in life. He had been a corporate manager, a writer and even done my job for a spell. When I quit dispatching trucks we quit talking daily but still kept in touch. He eventually retired and got a job driving day cabs back home in Virginia. Besides being a truck driver Gerry was also a musician. By also I mean he had played old time string music for years. I still remember the day he talked to me about the time off he needed to go back home to the mountains of Virginia because his band was going to play at a reception for The National Geographic in Washington DC. He gave me a copy of his CD for the "Boozy Creek String Band" which is still one of my favorite things to listen to. Gerry had been acquainted with John and June Cash among others but he never hit the big time, just playing his music for the enjoyment of it. I would like to share with you some of Gerry's music. RIP Friend

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