Community members gather to honor longtime president of the Chesapeake Athletic Association
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Last weekend, the community of Chesapeake lost an integral part of its athletic association – its president and founder Geral Stukes. Family members say she passed away peacefully on September 19, with her relatives nearby.
Her relatives say her passing had a huge impact on everyone who knew her, as well as the entire Chesapeake community. Local residents are now working to ensure her memory will never be forgotten.
“We wouldn’t be here without her,” Chesapeake Wolverines football commissioner Patrick Ace said.
On Friday night, his family, friends and former staff held a candlelight vigil on the football pitch at Hugo Owens Middle School. During the vigil, they shared their favorite memories of her and took a tour of the football field in her honor.
The Chesapeake Wolverines, a non-profit youth football organization, had been run by Stukes since 2005.
âShe left a legacy for this football organization, Chesapeake Wolverines, here in the Deep Creek area in Chesapeake. We are here to pay tribute to him so that we can continue to keep his legacy alive, âsaid his daughter, Catrice Stukes.
Those who knew her best described her as a dedicated person who would always go the extra mile to get tasks done.
One of Stukes’ main goals was to raise enough funds to set up a scoreboard on the football field, as well as to reshape the dealerships. She was able to complement both and even made sure to set up sports banquets for soccer players and cheerleaders.
Stukes has also served the community as a board member for Chesapeake Parks & Rec and Tourism Advisory, as well as president of the Camelot Recreational Football League for over 20 years.
“My mother doesn’t mean anything other than love. Even the love she had for us is the love she shared in her community and so that’s why I want us to remember her – just being a loving person, “her daughter added.” Everyone will definitely be missed. “