Francis Gerald “Gerry” Barrack
Francis Gerald “Gerry” Barrack passed away October 18, 2022 at 82 years of age.
Gerry was a native of Hampton Va. and sought higher education from Emory & Henry, VMI, and VPI.
He occupied himself with many endeavors and pursuits during the course of his life. Among those he was a surveyor, custom home builder, boat and motorcycle racer, Harley Davidson dealer, entrepreneur, hot rod and performance car builder and restorer, motorcycle event promoter, machinist, welder, fabricator, inventor, engineer and innovator. He gained his greatest notoriety as a Harley Davidson expert and authority from his many years of working with antique, custom and high performance Harleys.
He was a lover of history, antiques, nature, architecture, travel and adventure. He derived much satisfaction from the bushes, shrubbery and flowers that he planted and tended on his property.
He was a man who enjoyed the many friendships that he had cultivated in his life, who gently lead and guided those around him, and served as an example, inspiration and mentor to many. He conducted himself and his affairs in a straightforward, honest and respectful way. Strove to be “correct” in all things, and to pursue excellence and perfection.
He found great pleasure, pride, and satisfaction in his family, loved them dearly and basked contentedly in their love, joy and accomplishments. The strength of his personality and character inspired devotion and service from many of his family and friends. He found comfort and happiness from them in his final months.
In Cynthia Binder, he found the enduring love of his life. A woman strong enough to be his partner, yet tender and caring enough to be his companion. A woman who would both challenge and support him, who would care for and nurture him, without smothering him. Together, they built a fine life.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Bernice Barrack, his in-laws Sam and Ruby Binder, His brothers Ronald and Reginald Barrack, His sister Bernice Woodmansee, his great nephew Christopher Barrack and brother in law Butch Morris.
He is survived by his devoted wife Cynthia Binder Barrack, his daughter Karen Harwick, his daughter Carla and her husband Charles Barrett. grandchildren Brook, Joan, Carin, Nathan, Mishal, Omar and Dallal. great grandchildren Leeanna, Caleb, Sophie, Jake, Rosie, Afton, Julian, and Dawson, nieces and nephews Rod, Jennipher, Tom, Michelle and Tammy, and his sister in law Wilma Morris.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
A reception of family and friends, for the occasion of remembrance and celebration will be held Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the home of Roderick and Carrie Barrack 9546 Glass Rd. Hayes, Va. 23072. Those with motorcycles, classic cars and hot rods are requested to drive them on that occasion.