Remembering Gerry Beaulieu
This summer, AHP lost an important member of our community. Long time volunteer Gerry “Ger” Beaulieu passed away on Wednesday July 10 at Zen Hospice in San Francisco.
For the past six years, Ger had co-facilitated an ongoing support group for people living with HIV. He also had volunteered for many years as a facilitator at AHP’s Friday night workshops for gay and bisexual men and at our annual Art for AIDS fundraising event. Like many AHP volunteers, Ger was immersed in community service. Beyond AHP, he volunteered for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and for Living Sober recovery conferences, and served as a lector at his Oakland church.
Ger touched the lives of many people in AHP groups and workshops with his kindness, compassion, and respect for the sanctity of groups. He was also natural facilitator. “He would always deeply listen to people and hear what they said and thought, and respond with support,” said his friend Richard Bradley, who met Ger in a meditation group five years ago.
Ger, who worked as a travel consultant, was born in Lewiston, Maine. He lived in Boston and New York before moving to the Bay Area in the early 1980s with his partner, John, who died of a heart attack in 2003. Ger was diagnosed with cancer in the spring, and passed away less than two months later.
“Ger’s commitment to service was as big as his heart—and that was huge,” said John Tighe, LCSW, coordinator of AHP’s Groups and Workshops Program. Everyone at AHP will miss the kindness, commitment, formidable skills, and wonderful humor, laughter, and spirit that Ger brought to our community.