Beloved father, brother, and uncle, Gerald “Jerry” Moore, of Gaines, formerly of Saginaw passed away on December 5, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit at the age of 84.
Jerry was born on May 23, 1935 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Carmon and Bernice (Gittens) Moore. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1960 with a Bachelors Degree in education and in 1963 with a Masters Degree of Arts and did two years of post masters work at CMU. He began his teaching career in the St. Louis Public School District. He was the head of the Saginaw High School Art Program from September 1962 through June 1985. He retired from teaching in 1985 which gave him ample time to commit to painting. Since 1960 Gerald was accepted extensively into national and regional juried art shows, winning numerous awards for his exquisite works. His paintings are held in many private and corporate collections across the country. A painting was featured in the Hugh Jackman movie, Real Steel. Gerald enjoyed sailboat racing and won many races, he was also a member of the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. He enjoyed traveling and had traveled to many different countries during his lifetime. Gerald had an eye for art and architecture; he built five very unique homes that would be considered the ultramodern style of their time. Many artists sought him out because of his forward thinking and creativeness. Gerald was a very intelligent man who always thought ahead, but also lived a very full life gracing others with his knowledge and talent.
Gerald is survived by his daughter Melinda Moore, of Belmont, NC. His granddaughter, Lauren Moore of Vasser, MI. His brothers, Fred (Joanne) Moore, of Littleton, CO. and Thomas (ex-wife Sharon) Moore of Bay City, MI. also numerous nieces, cousins, a nephew, and his special cousin, Paula Jo Hansen.
He was predeceased by his parents, Carmon and Bernice Moore, and his brother, Donald Moore.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Moore’s name can be made directly to the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan Ave. Saginaw, Michigan 48602 or to the National Public Radio.
Honoring Gerald’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. We miss you so much, and we will always carry your memory in our hearts!
Gerald’s family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. WatkinsFuneralHomes.com