News Panel March 2014 - A Tribute to Gerard Kamp
It has been over 7 months since the tragic passing of our Vice President, Gerard Kamp. First of all we would like to thank everyone for their support. Although we will never fully emotionally overcome the loss, we have begun to come to terms with how this loss has affected our personal lives.
Everyone that knew Gerard felt as though they had a special relationship with him because he always took the time to make everyone feel important. This was one of his special gifts, giving himself in different ways to each of us and making us more than we were before we met him – creating a unique place for each of us in his life.
His smile, engagement, honesty, directness and passion made the lives of those around him better, and built us up to achieve more that we might ever have believed we were capable of. He helped people face up to realities that turned out to be mostly far less tough than they had believed them to be. He achieved that rarest of achievements – putting more into others than he took out and in so doing he made a difference. He was one of those people you would walk across the room to find. He attracted people in all ways – as a man, as a leader and in his character and values.
Gerard put a lot of time into his work, and to the people and organizations he worked with. Work was important to him. The dedication he put into it, to this company, to the staff and to all of his business relationships have created a foundation that, frankly, anyone could build on and make successful. Gerard was very intelligent, hard-working and insightful. Building on his work allows us to aspire to do honest, committed and worthwhile work that will make a difference in people’s lives. Daily his influence and values guide us all.
So we remember an extraordinary life, a life more lived, a life that made us better, and a life that will live on through the many people he influenced, through the families of those whose lives he lifted, and through the honest, open, passionate, realistic and ultimately inspiring way he carried himself.