Obituary of Gerald Garfield Oudkerk
Gerald Garfield Oudkerk, was born on August 6, 1964 to the late Lionel Rexford and Eileen Angela Oudkerk in Georgetown, Guyana. He leaves to mourn his wife, Allison and their two loving sons, Matthew Jaeden and Ethan Anthony Oudkerk and his special K9 daughter Princess Aziza, also his beloved mother-in-law Marguerite Chapman. Gerald was the youngest of seven children born to their parents, his brothers Vernon Dillon, Randolph DeLeon, Stephen DeLeon and his only sister Margaret Oudkerk are also left behind to mourn his sudden passing. He was preceded in death by his late siblings Beverly and Anthony Oudkerk. Gerald also leaves his nieces Audrey Agard, Stacy DeLeon, Amanda Dillon, Samantha DeLeon, Sherry- Ann Oudkerk, Margaret Oudkerk, Asha Oudkerk, Anissa Oudkerk and Abigail Dillon. Nephews Kirk Dillon, Darrell DeLeon, Dwayne DeLeon and Vernon Dillon, Jr. Sisters-in- law Ann DeLeon, Donna Dillon, Karen Singh and Bibi Mohammed. His cousins Joy Deleon, Patsy-Ann Rasmussen, Collen Willis-Bayne. With a host of other families and friends. Gerald also created his own extended family with his work colleagues at the Four Seasons hotels and the Trump’s International hotel and Golf course and Country Club where he worked diligently as an amazing chef.
Gerald was educated at Guyana Oriental College in Georgetown, Guyana as a teenager. When he completed his studies he obtained his first employment with the Gold mining industries in Guyana, where he was employed for a short period. In 1985 he met Allison and was immediately smitten by her beauty. They both soon migrated to the United States where their relationship sparkled like a diamond and grew and they eventually got married in 1995. Their love extended to their boys who they welcomed years after, Matthew and Ethan were the apple of their father's eyes. He loved them beyond words and loved spending time with them in and out of the kitchen, cooking all their favorite foods with them and teaching them good morals and values to carry on in life.
As a young man, Gerald developed a passion for cooking from watching his father who was an excellent chef. Upon migrating to the USA Gerald spent a short time in Brooklyn and saw that he could not achieve his goal in the New York City area. He made a move and relocated to Maryland with his wife and this is where the culinary world opened doors for him. In 1995 he joined Four Seasons in Washington, DC where he was given his first opportunity to prove his skills as a cook. After more than a decade Gerald had proven to be above and beyond with the Four Season hotel in DC where he worked his way through every kitchen in the hotel. He was offered another opportunity to join the Four Seasons in Miami, Florida where he and his family moved to for a brief period. After moving back to Maryland Gerald rejoined the Four Seasons in Baltimore, MD where he also spent a short period. Because of his hard work and dedication as a chef another opportunity was opened up for him, this time at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC where he worked as the hotel's Banquet Chef, he worked with the hotel until it closed in 2020. After the closing of the DC hotel it was a natural move to the Trump Golf and Country Club in Virginia where he continued to work as the Banquet Chef until December 08, 2022 when he suddenly departed this world.
The family will receive friends at Rapp Funeral & Cremation Services on December 18, 2022 from 1:00PM-3:00PM
The repass will be from 5PM to 7PM at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC, 20391 Lowes Island Blvd, Sterling, VA 20165.
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