Obituaries: Gerardo Manzo

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022
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Gerardo Manzo
Gerardo Manzo

May 14, 1974 — May 3, 2022

Gerry "Mary" Manzo passed on May 3, 2022, surrounded by friends and family after a valiant fight with cancer.

For a number of years, Gerry was a popular bartender at the SF Eagle and The Hole in the Wall bars. More recently, he harnessed his great passion for the outdoors to create enchanting outdoor spaces around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gerry was an enthusiastic, frequent explorer of wilderness areas, mountain forests, beaches, lakes, and rivers. The more time he spent outdoors, the happier he was. He was a lover of all creatures, but especially cats.

The youngest of nine siblings, Gerry grew up in the Napa Valley. He graduated from Calistoga High School, where he was the star quarterback of the football team. He loved sports nearly as much as cats and watched as much football and soccer as he could.

Gerry will be missed by all who were lucky to know him. His friend, Bob Young, said, "He was the last of a breed of gay men, the ones who lived South of Market, submersed in our gay culture, protected by it, and thriving in it. San Francisco is his country — he is a soul of it. I will always expect to run into him there."

Gerry loved cats. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Purrchance Rescue.

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