It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Paul W. Gerard, MD. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 24, 1935, Paul graduated from Harvard and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. As a pathologist, he spent the majority of his professional career as the Director of the Laboratory for Mercy American River Hospital.
A long-time resident of the Sacramento, Carmichael area, Paul with his wife Sue successfully raised a family and became an integral member of the Sacramento community with many interests. Next to his family and medical career, Paul's greatest interest was his love for music, mainly classical music. Though he also enjoyed acapella groups such as the Pentatonix. A self-taught pianist, he played for personal enjoyment or for the entertainment of family and friends. He also loved to sing and was a member of a community choir group. In his younger days, he was a passionate runner frequently seen during the early morning hours, training on the American River Bike trail. He was a regular participant in the California International Marathon. Paul and his wife were also avid animal lovers. During their lives together, they raised boxer dogs and were members of the Sacramento Area Boxer Club. Both he and his wife were considered to be an authority on breeding and raising Boxers.
Paul spent the last eight years of his life as a resident of Eskaton Village Carmichael. There, his charismatic personality allowed him to become emersed within the resident community. He played piano and sang for the community music group performing regularly for the resident community and their families. He sang in the resident choir and was a member of the music groups Bell Choir. He recently joined a ukulele group, played bridge as a member of the community bridge club and contributed to many other community functions.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife Sue of 58 years. He leaves behind three children; David Gerard, his wife Donna, Douglas Gerard, and Dr. Alison Wilcox, her husband Nick Sakagami; four grandchildren, Timothy Gerard, his wife Natalie, Kevin Gerard, Amanda, and Sean Wilcox. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Hudson and Reagan Gerard.