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Gerry’s dedication and advocacy for the community were unwavering.
He was first elected to the board of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society
in 1982. He served six terms as president from 1985 to 1990. In 1994 he
was recognised by the Park Board as Volunteer of the Year.
In 1990, when Gerry and Wendy became proud parents of their daughter,
Dana, his focus shifted. He took up positions with local softball and soccer
associations and eventually graduated to chief juggler, joker and cheerleader
at his daughter’s basketball games.
He joined the board of the Dunbar Community Centre Association in
2011, where he served as president until July 2018. Always the point of the
spear, Gerry was one of the leaders in the negotiations with the Park Board
to renew the Joint Operating Agreement that took over six years to complete.
He spent hundreds of hours with his Community Centre Associations
colleagues, adding commentary, direction and insight to the position that
the Community Centre Association put forth. That accomplishment finally
came to a close this year. Although a major achievement, it is only part of
his legacy—one that left the community he represented better than before.
He is survived by his wife Wendy, daughter Dana, sister Eileen, brother
Wayne, and nephews Colten, Connor and Kaden. Gerry is sorely missed.
Raymond Eyre Cocking
Raymond Cocking (1927–2016) graduated from UBC
Law in 1952 and thereafter joined the firm of Ellis,
Dryer & McTaggart (est. 1917) where he had an office
in the teamsters building in East Vancouver. After
Victor Leonard Dryer was appointed to the B.C.
Supreme Court, Ray moved to be with the rest of the
firm in downtown Vancouver. When Donald Edwin
McTaggart was appointed to the County Court of New Westminster, the firm
evolved into McTaggart, Ellis & Company, where Ray became the senior
partner. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982 and in 2004 was named
to the Honour Roll of the Law Society of British Columbia.