November 13th, 2008

zurich at night

Looking out

2008_11_13 Inside out
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Today I went to a networking event at the Zunfthaus zur Waag in the centre of Zürich. It was organised by our competitors, the other big Swiss bank :-), and I really enjoyed myself. The speaker talked about how her company finds and promotes ethical investments, for long term growth, that promote growth and positive things for everyone involved - the investors, share holders, owners, environment. Very refreshing... And held in a truly beautiful guild house.


Psalm 23

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I was honoured to be asked to read this at Gerry's memorial service in Ottawa, November 7th, 2008.


The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.

He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.

Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.

I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.


Gerry Channer

Gerry Channer
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Memories of Gerry... - all the photos in full here

From L to R, top row down to bottom
2000 - Winter walk the day after my wedding / 1974 - Helen's Christening / 2005 - Zurich, Indian Curry
2005 - Chris and Jenn's wedding / 2005 - Zurich, Uetliberg / 1992 - Sri Lanka
2005 - Chris and Jenn's wedding / 2000 - Helen and Alan's wedding / 2005 - Zurich, Paradeplatz

Where do I start? Gerry was always a traveller and would drop in for short one or two day trips to the Anchorage, Bristol. Excitement would be sky high in the Palmer household and I was always so chuffed, because Gerry was my Godfather. The house is (even now) still full of artefects and musical instruments from far flung places. Gerry inspired me to find out about other countries and cultures. More importantly, he taught me that your home is not geographically fixed and that relationships can work at a distance.

I always got a hand made Birthday card, usually late, with his beautiful handwriting inside. The scan below is from 1986

He gave me a dictionary and thesauras set and inscribed it with "how serendipidous, love Gerry". I remember looking up and discussing what serendipity meant (the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.) From Gerry I am sure I got my love of words and writing. He was a daily reader of my blog and would often ring with a list of questions and/or feedback from my posts.

Gerry taught me about social justice and the damage we were doing to the environment (long, long before this was fashionable). I was introduced to the New Internationalist Magazine when I stayed with the family in Sri Lanka in 1992. I did 3 months voluntary work with the Guide Association in Sri Lanka, supported by the Guide Association in the UK. And Gerry and Sharon were my back up. I remember sitting in their sitting room, whcih overlooked a beautiful green, lush valley in Kandy, listening to classical music wafting down from above. Gerry was musical, like my Mum.

My wedding was one of the few times that my Mum, her 2 brothers and all the spouses were together. And for that I am very grateful.

Gerry always treated me as an adult and as an equal, even when I was a precious child of 8 or a naive young adult of 18. He always talked to you at the same level and was always interested in your opinions and your experiences.

I am just so sad that I didn't get more time to spend with him - I will miss him.