Late comedian, MC and guitar-playing impressionist Gerry Owens (1954-2020), seen as he appeared in the 1980s, is warmly remembered in White Rock and South Surrey. (Contributed photo)

Late comedian, MC and guitar-playing impressionist Gerry Owens (1954-2020), seen as he appeared in the 1980s, is warmly remembered in White Rock and South Surrey. (Contributed photo)

LETTERS: Tribute to Gerry Owens greatly appreciated

Editor:

Re: Popular Peninsula comic ‘always left ‘em laughing, Dec. 24

I read about Gerry Owens’ life in the Peace Arch News, and I was so happy to see him honoured. My husband and I were just talking about Gerry, and how extremely sad it is to pass away during this time of isolation and during a pandemic that has rules against gathering.

During COVID, people have been dying without a celebration of life or a funeral of some sort — which in itself can make a person’s life seem so insignificant or easily forgotten.

Gerry was one of those people that everyone knew, and it is sad not to gather and celebrate his life.

My husband met Gerry on the beach many years ago, and hung out with him either on a log or at the Sandpiper Pub. I have known Gerry since I met my husband in 2006.

As my husband says, he was a funny, happy guy – a comedian through and through.

He was also very helpful at Home Depot. I must admit, I would be secretly hoping to run into him when I went there.

He always brightened up my visit: a smile, a joke, and definitely a compliment (a ladies’ man, for sure). This spoke volumes about his personality because he himself wasn’t always feeling the best, but still managed to put on a smile and make you feel better about yourself. This was definitely a gift he had.

We will miss you very much, Gerry Owens. Your smile, your sense of humour and a mischievous glint in your eye like no other. One of a kind, for sure.

Jennifer and Mike Hammersmark, Surrey

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