DONAVAN GERALD "GERRY" R. Age 46, November 27, 2012. Beloved son of Dana Dorton. Boyfriend of Sandy Cohen. Brother of Debra Donavan and Darren Dorton. Gerald is also survived by four nieces and one nephew. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. with Funeral Services Saturday 12:00 p.m. at Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre, Madison Heights, MI. Memorials to Gleaners Food Bank or donor's choice.
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Dana, Debbie and Darren, I am so sorry to hear about Gerry's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
I will never forget Gerry. He was the foundation of a group of friends I was able to get to know during my life. He did some work on my house. I always considered him to be a generous and fun-loving person. He will live on in our memories.
Gerry was one of the best friends I ever had. I will miss him dearly.
You were such a part of my childhood. I will never forget all the laughter & trouble you helped me get into. Oh, and by the way...that huge Raccoon you shoved out of the tree & onto my head....yep I still remember that. I will hold those memories in my heart forever. May you rest in peace....and quite cracking jokes about all of us stuck down here. Until we mee again...I love you .
I've ony known Gerry for 5 very short years abd he hasmade hisincredible impactonmy heart and in my life. Never an unhappy guy did I ever see. My 3 sons LOVED Uncle Gerry. He was fun and goofed with them and the loved him. He was always really nice to me, he wouldtease her or there, but never something offensive. He made me laugh and laugh. And he still does with all my memories. I cry cus I will miss jos wonderful you were. I will cry more by how hurt my husband and brother from another mother is. Jack is broken without is brother Gerry andthat too breaks my heart. You will always be with us Gerry with all you awesome stories, memeories, jokes, nicknames......everything. We love you and will miss you for as long as we live. There will ALWAYS be a sad emptiness when you arenot around. :( Love you and miss you friend.
My prayers and condolences are with the Dana, Debbie, Darren and all of Gerry's family. He at peace now and is no longer suffering. I will never forget his good heartedness and sense of humor... God Bless
Baby, There is not anything i can say to express my love for you other then what I have shared with you from the first day we met!
My dear old buddy...What can I say? You've touched SO many lives in your short time here on this earth INCLUDING mine. You were always a good friend to me, you never forgot about me and you always teased me & made me laugh! I have many wonderful memories that I will always hold within my heart of the many GREAT times spent having fun with you! You are a very special guy! My prayers are with Sandy, Dani & Gerry's family & ALL of the many of his dear friends who will miss him with all of their hearts. I love you, Ger and I will never forget you! Like I said in the hospital, "You'll ALWAYS be my best man"!
Oh Dear God!!! I have been looking for Gerry for years now hoping to find him on Facebook. I look for him all the time! We were soooo very close and one of my best friends. I had lost contact with him when I moved out of state! I am so sad and my heart is so empty when I randomly ran across this picture looking! What happened????? I am soo sad!! Email me at Bridgett34@charter.net