All of us who were lucky enough to have met the great man and legend will certainly have a story to tell of him.
Gerry touched so many peoples' hearts and in return we loved him so much. He stood up for people less fortunate than himself and taught us to stand up together.
Gerry held our hands when no one else would and he helped us to settle when otherwise we would have toppled.
He spoke out when we fell quiet and helped us to have a voice when no one would listen.
He eloquently articulated our thoughts and expertly extracted our feelings. He understood our emotions and gave us time to unpick their meaning.
Gerry gave so much of his time to the CEN. He loved his work and put in 70 hours a week right up until his last day. He was joyous and vibrant around children, young people and their parents. As he always said to visitng young people in need, "Who is number one here?" Their reply was often, "You...? My Mum?"... to which Gerry would ask them again, "No...try again....Who is number one?" And you could bet that their next response was, "Me...?" "Yes! You are...You are." Gerry would enthuse. He truly put every child first and at the centre of his thoughts.
Gerry's desire for equality and justice lives on in all of us. He will be sorely missed and I know that all kindred spirits wish him well on his journey. Peace and Love Gerry! Peace and love!
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Professor Gus John - Chair of the CEN - pays tribute to Gerry German
Gerry's memorial is on the 6th July 2013. Please contact the office for details.
For those who want to, you can make donations to the CEN which was set up and run for the past 13 years by Gerry, leading to him advocating on behalf of thousands of parents and their children excluded from school. Donations can be made via Justgiving and clicking this link.