Gerard Llewelyn King was born on August 1, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Bernard A. and Elmira B. King. He departed this life, on March 15, 2021 and entered into eternal rest at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Gerard received his education in the Newark, New Jersey Public Schools. Early in his life he developed a passion for music and mastered playing three instruments the piano, saxophone and the organ. He was a member of the high school’s marching band, and enjoyed playing with a quartet for several years. Gerard graduated from South Side (now renamed Malcolm X Shabazz) High School in 1963. After graduation, he served in the United States Army, and received an honorable discharge in 1968.
In 1966, he married Vivian Sanks. To this union one son was born, the late Lewis Sanks King, Sr.
Gerard was employed in various positions over the years in Portland’s Parks and Recreation department and he loved working with seniors transporting them to and from medical appointments.
As a brother, you could always count on him to be protective of his two sisters and other family members. He was a kind and loyal friend to many and maintained lifelong friendships with classmates from high school.
He is survived by two sisters: Elmira J. Yancey of Newark, New Jersey and Jacquelyn M. King of Hampton, Virginia, his grandson, Lewis Sanks King, Jr. of St. Augustine, Florida. He leaves a loving companion, Doris Alexander and her daughter, Ashley. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces and nephews; Jessica, Arthur (Jennifer), Anthony (Ivy), Mark (Tijuana), Sherry(Clark), and Curtis. Grandneices and nephews: Gianni, Tamiyah (Phillip), Jole, Mark Jr., Ebony, Jada, Jasmine Brionna, Laila and Great Grandnephew, Magnus., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gerard was loved by all he touched and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace little brother.
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