He was a driving force behind business in one East Texas city, and his memory was honored with a dedication ceremony Friday. At a special meeting of the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club at Maude Cobb activity center, longtime member Gerard Cace was remembered.
"He was always smiling and I'm sure he'd be smiling today about how we remembered him, because it was never about Gerard it was always about everyone else that's what made him a good host," said Rotary Club member John Greene.
Co-owner of Johnny Cace's Seafood & Steakhouse, Gerard passed away in July, and today with family and friends on hand, the Centers Kitchen was renamed the 'Gerard Cace' kitchen.
"He always was the first one to step out and be a volunteer. Gerard was always the first to stick his hand up and say 'lets do it this way, I'll do it'," says family friend Mendy Rabicoff.
"Its a bit overwhelming and it's so gratifying , Gerard did a lot of things for a lot of people and he did all those things because that's what he wanted to do. To have him appreciated and recognized in this way is so meaningful for us and for the family, so that he is not forgotten," says Gerard's widow, Cathy Case.
For those who knew Gerard, it was a fitting honor.
"We just thought naming the kitchen after Gerard would be an appropriate way to remember him for a long time for everything he did in the hospitality industry here in Longview," Greene says.
For his family, it was more than just an honor.
"It's just so wonderful that they all think so much of him that they want to remember him like this," Cathy says.
The naming of the 'Gerard Cace' kitchen was approved by the Parks Advisory Board in August, and was approved by the Longview city council in October.
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