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Richard Gere He is going through a delicate moment of health and has just received a hard blow: Homer George Gere, his father, died at the age of 100.
The actor’s wife Alexandra Gerewas the one who confirmed the news through their social networks, in turn dedicated a farewell message to him.
With an image of her father-in-law holding a photograph of his wife, the Spanish revealed that the businessman and insurance agent passed away on March 1.
“Gere was known in the community as a talented entrepreneur. and was awarded for his work as a volunteer for the North Zone of ‘Meals on Wheels’. As supporter of that non-profit organizationappeared in national advertisements with his son Richard Gere (…) Known for his daily kindnessHe was also a dedicated public schools advocatewrote Alejandra
In the publication he also details that:
“Gere was born on May 7, 1922 in Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, a small dairy town in the Infinite Mountains south of Binghamton. The third of five children born to Albert and Hazel Snover Gere, he graduated from Brooklyn Vocational High School and enlisted in the US Navy at the start of the World War II, serving in the Pacific on the USS Aristaeus. He earned his BA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania under the GI Bill. His first post-college job was as an accountant at the Atlantic Refining Company in Philadelphia.
After transferring to the Syracuse office in 1950, Gere gradually developed a side business as an insurance agent with Nationwide, following in his brother Howard’s footsteps. Four of Gere’s brothers worked for Nationwide at one time or another. When he retired from Nationwide, Homer Gere was one of the company’s best-known and best-loved agents.
He achieved all this in collaboration with his wife, Doris Tiffany Gere, who hailed from the same small town in Pennsylvania. They met in elementary school and were married in 1945. Doris Gere died in 2016. During their 70-year marriage, they raised five children: Susan, Richard, Joanne, David, and Laura.
They were particularly involved with Andrews Memorial United Methodist Church, where they sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. They both played supporting roles in educating the public schools in North Syracuse, which they chose for the high quality of the schools when they were raising their young family. Homer Gere served as a member of the career education advisory council for the North Syracuse Central School District board of education, which started the district’s career education program in 1989.
After retiring from Nationwide, Gere spent more than 25 years as a dedicated driver and fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Well into his 80s, he delivered meals from the back of his hatchback. He also wrote grants for the organization and appeared in its print and television ads.
He is survived by his five children and their partners: Susan (Jim Leone), Richard (Alejandra Gere), Joanne (Dan Doran), David (Peter Carley) and Laura (Oscar Lazaro), as well as two dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”