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Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News

Interment: 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Location: Peninsula Memorial Park

Luke Bradford Gere, 16, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 following a five-month battle with cancer.  Luke fought with immense determination and a will to live.  He passed away surrounded by the love of his parents, siblings and the amazing Pediatric ICU staff at UVA hospital. Luke was born in Newport News, VA in 2004 to an Air Force family.   He was a lifelong competitive swimmer, starting at age 7 with the Colony Cudas and Coast Guard Blue Dolphins (CGBD).  He enjoyed playing Flag Football in the Upward League at First Baptist Church. More recently, he joined the track and cross-country team at Menchville High School where he was known for commitment to team and speed on the track.

Luke loved to fish, play basketball and hang out with friends along the James River.  Luke was a kind, persistent, and hardworking young man who made his family very proud.  Throughout his chemo treatments, he showed grace and gratitude to all who participated in his care at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and UVA Hospital. Luke Gere was a sophomore at Menchville High School. The family is thankful for Luke’s teachers, coaches and friends, who helped make him the young man he became and live each day to the fullest.  Luke’s passing has left a huge hole in many hearts.

He is survived by his parents, Scot and Anne-Lise Gere of Newport News, VA; his siblings, Sophie and Paul; his grandparents, Bill and Beverly Gere of Bedford, NH, Merilee Tutcik of The Villages, FL, Jacques Ammeux of Dunkerque, France and his great-grandmother, Simone Ammeux of Esquelbecq, France.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with interment to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park. Attendance at the church is limited to 150 people, masks and social distancing are required. The family will hold a Celebration of Life in the spring to honor Luke. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald MacDonald House in Charlottesville or UVA Children’s Hospital. The family will establish a scholarship fund dedicated to youth sports and it will accept memorial contributions. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#4 Evelyn Arentz 2021-01-03 16:27
God Bless you and your family at this most difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I can't imagine the pain you are going through, but God will be there for you. You have many friends who will be there for you too. Luke was an outstanding young man and he will be missed so much. With love, Aunt Evelyn and Uncle JR
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#3 Gilbert family 2021-01-03 15:10
We are so very sorry for your loss..we will always remember Luke’s kind spirit and his sweet laugh..praying for you all in this difficult time, may God grant you His peace and strength.
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#2 Carol Severyn 2021-01-03 03:37
Luke, I am thankful for the time we spent together at family reunions. I will always remember your kind smile, gentle spirit and competitive nature. Rest In Peace.
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#1 Pat Rust 2021-01-02 22:48
Thank you for sharing Luke's journey with us on Caringbridge site.
I've never met Luke or any of your family, but by sharing his journey, I felt I got to know you all. Luke put up an amazing battle! As sick as he was, he always managed a joke or a smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and with Luke's friends, and teachers for strength and comfort during this time. God bless you all.
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