Gerard James Percy
25 July 1933 to 11 September 2017
Gerry Percy grew up during The Great Depression in Bangalow, one of ten children. His father worked on the rail lines as a supervising Railway fettler.
But Gerry chose the police force, and as a young man, found himself stationed in Dubbo, where he worked as a law enforcement officer for many years, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
He had a good reputation among the police and the community, and was known for his fairness, and his habit of picking teenagers out of bad situations and dumping them home on their parents’ doorstep, with a good talking to.
Gerry was a big and special personality, who loved to play cards, drink alcohol and eat Chinese food. He also liked to cook and was well known for his culinary skills and hospitality.
He made friends wherever he went.
Gerry was a legendary Bon Vivant not only in Dubbo, but also in Sydney where he knew every restaurant and restrateur and Hotel and Hotel manager in Sydney from Parramatta Road, China Town, The Illiad in George Street, Beppi at Beppi’s in Surry Hills, Top of The Town and many others at Kings Cross, plus on the north side of Sydney where his connections were just as impressive.
Gerry made his way to Lennox Head in retirement, partly on the recommendation of life-long friend Geoff Hill, who still lives here.
He was an original member of the Table Of Knowledge, a group of mature men who met every morning for coffee, crosswords and banter.
Gerry was always there early, 6.30 am, winter and summer, even doing the crossword by the light of a torch, finalising the crossword with the well known, Gerry Tick!
He was also a regular visitor to our local pub, where he told many a longwinded tale.
He’ll be missed here, there, and everywhere.
Thanks to Geoff Hill and others for many of the words in this tribute.