SPRY, GERALD K.; age; 73; Waterford, Michigan; June 19, 2013; after a courageous and determined battle against cancer. Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Gerry is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Spry; daughters, Heather (Brad) Halls and Meghan (William) Decker; son, Derek Spry; and grandchildren, Emily and Cameron Halls. A graduate of Michigan State University, Gerry was band director to elementary, junior high and high school students in the Waterford School District for 32 years, serving as Director of Bands at both Waterford Township High School and Waterford Mott High School. Gerry had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of students, many of whom returned to visit with him in his final days. After retiring, he founded the Waterford chapter of the New Horizons Concert Band, serving as Co-Director for the last eight years. Among the many accomplishments in his long and successful career, he was a proud member and past President of the Michigan State University Alumni Band and a Phi Mu Alpha Alum. No public Service will be held at this time. A Memorial Concert will be held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center with a Reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gerald K. Spry Scholarship Fund c/o Metro North Federal Credit Union, 4594 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, Michigan 48328, to assist music education students.
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo