Gary in Kauai - his place of Bliss
It is with both a deep sense of loss and yet full awareness of Divine Love that I announce the passing of Gary Kerr of The Audio Gallery in Lake Oswego, OR on Feb 5, 2012.
Gary and I wish to thank each of you with whom we've done business or simply shared the passion of music over the past 22 years as proprietors of The Audio Gallery. Our desire is for the transforming power and beauty of music to always be present in your hearts and lives. We feel grateful to have been able to be a part of that experience!
Gary was a most incredible person and it has been my privilege to share Life with him for 35 years! Injured in a car accident at age 2 which left him paralyzed from the chest down, he overcame obstacles that would be insurmountable for most humans, and yet, he never uttered a word of complaint or discouragement. He was the embodiment of Nike's "JUST DO IT." Passionate and competitive, he became the fastest man in the world in a wheelchair (regardless of disability) in the 1500M track event and the 10K road race and was the inventor/developer or the 3 wheeled racing chairs that are the standard today. He was inducted into the USA Wheelchair Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 for his contributions to wheelchair athletics as an innovator in training, as a designer and as a world class athlete. His abilities took him on adventures to race all over the world. He was part of the USA Olympic team (able bodied) during the Summers of 1980 and 1981, representing the USA in the 1500M wheelchair track event on the European Circuit. When he reached his zenith as a racer in the late '80s, he gave much thought as to what he would passionately pursue next... He loved music and was an audio hobbiest as far back as a young child, helping his neighbor put together Heathkit electronics and listen to jazz LPs and much rock n' roll! When we married in 1978, we didn't have a stitch of furniture, except for a bed and a "killer stereo." What else does one need :-)
The resulting decision was a natural,"Let's do a high performance audio store!" And the idea became reality.
Our journey began with this thoughtful wish in 1988 when we lived in Clovis, CA. With the encouragement of such wonderful people as George Cardas, Robert Becker of SOTA, Glen Grou of Classe Audio, Prof. Keith Johnson, Scott Franklin of MFA and a short time later, Charlie Hansen of Ayre Acoustics along with Neil Patel and Lucien Pichette of Avalon Acoustics, The Audio Gallery was humbly and lovingly born out of our home in January 1990. When it grew to overtake our house, with systems set-up in every room, we knew it was time to move! Our search landed us in Lake Oswego, OR in 1994 where we found a dirt and grease filled former Napa Auto Parts store and engine rebuilding space. We knew "this was it" at first sight. Oh, what a labor of love to transform that space. We were the General Contractors. Gary was the able architect who drew up each room thoughtfully with Sacred Geometry. I was the interior designer and we both used our innate Feng Shui abilities to keep it all in balance. It had a most wonderful look and feel that always evolved over the years - as did Gary and I. Very peaceful & serene yet imbued with fire. We wanted to be sure that Art Blakey felt equally comfortable with Heinrich Biber!
Each of you has played a part in Gary's life in helping him to become the special person he was during his time here. He wanted to express his gratitude to you for the gift you were in his life. Gary was not one for "Pomp and Circumstance" but I know he did enjoy a Victory Lap now and then when the fruits of his efforts shined. :-) His request was not for a ceremony but rather that you might "Celebrate Life" in his honor for a moment by putting on your most favorite piece of music and thinking of him, surrounding yourself with the people in your life that are most dear and telling them how much they mean to you.
Gratitude is the Key to the Universe. The truth that has circled our past days, sings out so clearly... "And in the end, the Love you take, is equal to the Love you make." Our paraphrase: "All there is, is LOVE."
We've enjoyed 18 years in our Lake Oswego, OR retail location and it is now officially closed. "To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under Heaven."
I will be liquidating many wonderful products in the days ahead to complete this transition and be able to move forward. Please call or email if there are specific products you are looking for. I wish to thank each of you once again, for your patronage over the years and will be honored to be of service during this process of closure for The Audio Gallery.
The Audio Gallery
And now some images from over the years...
Gary with Shirley Horn - a slice of Heaven
An intense appreciation of quality
Gary, Cindy and soul brother Frank Schroder at The Audio Gallery
The always welcoming front doors of The Audio Gallery
Just a few of our favorite things... Schroder tonearms
Direct Heated Triodes from Allnic Audio
Go, Gary, Go!
The mountaintop analog experience - the Lyra Olympus SL Cartridge
A successful (and FUN) analog set-up!
Amber, our faithful friend from the beginning
The Triumphant Gary Kerr !