A tribute to a dear Son...
Gerard was born in the Philippines
on September 12, 1984 and celebrated his first birthday in the
United States. Gerard started school at Walker Elementary School;
attended Wagenheim Middle School, Palmer Way and Granger Junior
High School. He was a junior at Scripps Ranch High School - a
school chosen for its proximity to his Mom's old office building.
Gerard was a loving son to his Mom, a single-mother who raised
Gerard alone and provided him with almost everything she could
possibly afford. He was respected and loved by all his cousins
and so well-loved by his aunts, uncles and friends. Gerard loved
to play golf especially with his cousins Rodel, Michael and Steven
and his childhood best friend, Julius. Gerard always
looked his best. He loved Abercrombie & Fitch so much he even
named his dog, Fitch. He loved carne asada burritos with sour cream
- he had this almost everyday after school. He listened to the
group Creed and played the songs "With arms wide open" and "Higher"
throughout his waking hours. Gerard loved to stay home and enjoyed
cooking. His Mom thought he would be a chef one day because he
loved to watch Yan Can Cook and imitated his accent almost perfectly.
He loved to joke around with his family and friends. Gerard was
very independent. He liked to do thing on his own and seldom asked
for help especially on his school work.
On June 2nd, Gerard's
very first adventure with his new friends turned into a tragedy
that would serve a lesson to all kids and parents that life is
precious. Gerard will be remembered not only because he was the
best son a Mom could ever ask for but he was also a wonderful
nephew, a great cousin and a great friend. Let this incident serve
as a reminder to all kids of his age that they should take care
of themselves and always think of coming home safe to their parents.
Gerard turned off his alarm clock before he left that Saturday
morning of June 2, 2001 - he had always left his alarm on even
on weekends - which means that he would wake up with the angels
in heaven. He was so pure and innocent. With arms wide open, God
will welcome Gerard to His place where He will show him love and
To express your support to the family you can visit the Guestbook
Guestbook and check Archives, Archive
2, or Archive 3 Archive $for previous messages:
The Perea and Simpauco family wishes to express our sincere gratitude
to everyone for your support and encouragment. We ar all so lucky
to have been touched by Gerard's warmth and kindness. Please keep
him in your hearts and prayers. He was a loving and caring son,
the most wonderful cousin and nephew and a true friend. We will
miss his smile, his jokes,, the caring look in his face and above
We will miss Gerard...
Rest in heaven my sweet child.
I love you, anak!