Michael Wil­liam Gery

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Michael Wil­liam Gery, of Mar­ble­head, Novem­ber

21, 2018. Mike was born in Al­len­town, Pennsylvania, at­tended the Uni­ver­sity of Pennsylvania for un­der­grad­u­ate school and achieved his PhD in At­mo­spheric Chem­istry at the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as a con­sul­tant to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the United Na­tions, hav­ing cre­ated a chem­istry model to as­sess air pol­lu­tion that is still used as the stan­dard to this day. He also worked di­rectly with lo­cal agen­cies to solve the hor­rific smog dilemma in the San Fer­nando Val­ley, and trav­elled the world work­ing with some of the sharpest minds to de­vise a solution to the mas­sive hole in the ozone layer. Much of Mike's work led to leg­is­la­tion that still pro­tects the world in which we all live, and will en­sure a healthy planet for gen­er­a­tions to come. He was a na­ture en­thu­si­ast and ad­ven­turer who has vis­ited dozens of na­tional parks and sites around the world, rec­og­nized and en­joyed the power of their beauty, and be­lieved strongly in their pro­tec­tion. He made a point to pass his love of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties on to his fam­ily and friends, and opened many eyes and hearts to an amaz­ing world that is of­ten missed or ig­nored. In 1988, Mike be­came the Pres­i­dent of Pil­grim Park­ing in Boston, and ded­i­cated 30 years of im­mense ef­fort to en­sure the com­pany's strength and suc­cess. He grew the com­pany from 7 to al­most 40 lo­ca­tions. Pil­grim cur­rently sup­ports nearly 300 em­ploy­ees with the same kind­ness and re­spect that con­stantly em­anated from Mike's heart. He pro­vided not only his own fam­ily, but hun­dreds of lo­cal fam­i­lies with a safe and healthy work en­vi­ron­ment, and a sense of se­cu­rity un­ri­valed in busi­ness. Over the years the Pil­grim team has be­come a fam­ily of its own due to Mike's tire­less ef­forts and car­ing na­ture, and he is truly loved by those he led. He was as pas­sion­ate about NASCAR, world his­tory, the Bru­ins, and his Wolfeboro Poker week­ends as he was about his work­ing life. He built decade's long friend­ships both in his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, and cel­e­brated his mile­stone birthdays with his crew of friends mak­ing epic jour­neys on Wind­jam­mer Cruises in the Caribbean. Ev­ery­one who knew him came to ad­mire him for his bril­liant mind, his sharp and witty sense of hu­mor, his su­per hu­man trivia knowl­edge, and for his hu­mil­ity, pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and in­tegrity. He was the beloved son of Ethel Gery of Al­len­town, Pennsylvania; hus­band of Lisa Gery of Mar­ble­head,

MA; fa­ther of Ni­cholas Gery of Na­hant, MA, Matthew Gery of Re­vere, MA and Ju­lia Gery of Mar­ble­head, MA; fa­ther-in-law of Christa Gery of Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware and Na­hant, MA; fu­ture fa­ther- in-law of Tracy Mc­Neill of Read­ing and Re­vere, MA; grand­fa­ther of Devin

Gery of Re­vere, MA and Brooke­lynn Gery of Na­hant,

MA; Grand­son-in-law of Marvin Mey­ers of Palm Beach Gar­dens, Florida; nephew of Richard and Phyl­lis Koze of Ma­cungie, Pennsylvania and Naples, Florida; and cousin of Kim­berly and Frank D'Amico of Her­shey, Pennsylvania; Rick and An­drea Koze of Al­len­town, Pennsylvania; and Ray­mond and Stephanie Lynch of Hobo­ken, New Jersey. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held at the Dan­ver­sport Yacht Club, 161 El­liott St, Dan­vers, MA 01923, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11th at 11:00 am with a reception im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be sent to the Ju­lia Gery Foun­da­tion, c/o Lisa Gery, 22 Pit­man Road, Mar­ble­head, MA 01945. Ar­range­ments by Eustis and Cor­nell of Mar­ble­head. To share a mem­ory of Mike or to of­fer a con­do­lence to his fam­ily please visit www.eu­sti­sand­cor­nell­fu­ner­al­home. com

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