Gerry O’Connor passed away peacefully, at age 72, surrounded by family in Oceanside, Calif., after a long battle with early-onset dementia.

Gerard Francis O’Connor was born April 14, 1947, in San Francisco, then moved to Marin, where he went to school and graduated from Redwood High. At a young age Gerry began working in his father’s business doing construction and carpentry, something that became a lifelong passion. Gerry grew up around the music scene in San Francisco and became a lifelong fan of the Grateful Dead, attending countless shows throughout the years. He started producing wine together with a friend, in Sonoma County in the late 1970s and early ’80s under the label Fenton Acres. Gerry loved good food and wine.

Gerry met his wife, Linda, in 1979 in Marin. They lived in Tiburon, Sausalito and San Francisco before moving to the Sun Valley area in 1988. Gerry had a passion for the outdoors, whether it be skiing, fishing and hiking or abalone diving, sailing and boating. You could find him most happy hunting morels in the spring and cutting wood in the fall.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Cassidy; sister, Carol; and his nieces, nephews and extended family. Gerry will always be remembered for his great smile, delicious meals and signature margaritas, one-liners and Dancing Bears T-shirts.

A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at Fisher Creek on Sept. 14, from 5 p.m. until sunset. Transportation from Highway 75 at Fisher Creek will be provided.