Gerry Brown was one in a million. The tributes which poured onto social media in the aftermath of his death last year painted a picture of a kind, caring person who enriched the lives of those around him in the community of Greysteel.
Gerry passed away suddenly and just moments before his untimely death he was volunteering for St Vincent De Paul, a charity which was particularly close to his heart. Gerry was steeped in the very heart of his home town. He carried out charity work as well as playing Santa in the local schools and community centres and was a key member of his local church.
That’s why, on Saturday coming, Gerry’s family and friends will join others in the community in a charity 5k Funrun.
Gerry is survived by his wife Helen, children Barry, Peter, Stephen, Heather, Katrina, Laura and Amanda as well as his grandson Dylan, who he adored.
To honour their dad, the Brown family have now decided to give something back to their local community.
“The support we felt from the moment of daddy’s passing from our wonderful community, is something I will always hold so dear to my heart forever,” said Katrina Brown.
“I hope we will see many people there on his memorial walk, to share in laughter and much fun!”
The 5k memorial fun run and family dander will take place at 11am on Saturday coming. There will be registration at the Rising Sun bar from 10am.
The entry fee is £5 for a single entry and £2 for those under 18. There will be a cash prize for the first male winner and first female winner.
The event will start at the bottom of the Star of Sea Chapel brae with the chapel car park available for parking.
Runners will start at 11,00am and walkers at approximately 11.10am, Both will complete one circuit of Brisland Road and then at the end of circuit two, instead of looping back on to Brisland Road runners and walkers will follow the road along Clooney Road to the finish line at the Foyle View. Organisers say staggering the start line means that there will be much less congestion and will make things safer.
Tributes are still to be left on social media for Gerry who has been described as having a “heart of gold.”
Gerry has also been described as an “amazing man.”
To donate to the event visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/GerryBrown