OBITUARY

Michael W. Gery

December 31, 1955November 21, 2018
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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.

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  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Janice Charlton

November 26, 2018

First and foremost you will be truly missed.I will never forget the first time you met the infamous Leo😂.thank you for being there for my family and we will be here for yours. Thank-you for the spectacular vacations in your home.Love you Mikexxoo

Craig Gariepy

November 26, 2018

I got to know and become friends with Michael over the 27 years I have lived in Marblehead and while attending the UU church. Mike was a good friend. He always showed up. You could count on Mike. He absolutely knew sports trivia and just about everything else. We played in a Poker group and participated in a Men's group. We did things like Pave driveways as an auction item that was donated on behalf of the Men's group ( Picture attached). Mike always had a wit. It wasn't uncommon for him to role off a Sean Connery imitation as he interacted with others. Mike was generous with his time and money. Both Lisa and Michael provided for their worship home generously. He donated plenty of his time with volunteer work and time with his friends. Mike will be missed.
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Biography

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.