My uncle, Gerard Coutu, who was married to my mother's sister Janis, passed away today after having a heart attack and then being in a coma for two weeks. Uncle Jerry was an incredibly intelligent, generous, light-hearted, kind person. I still fondly remember him teaching me card tricks when I was a little girl, and over the last two years he and I had been exchanging e-mails frequently with each other. He held a PhD in mathematics and taught electrical engineering for over ten years. I admired him and was inspired by his accomplishments and character.
Jerry, it was an honor to be your niece. You will always be a wonderful reminder of how good people can be. Rest in peace.