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In Memory of Terrence Gherty

Visitation

3:00 – 7:00 PM, with a 6:45 PM Prayer Service, Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th Street, Hudson, and one hour prior to the service Monday at church

Funeral Services

11:00 AM Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson

Terrence M. Gherty, age 64, Hudson, WI, surrounded by his loving family was welcomed home to the arms of the Lord on October 7, 2014, following a long journey that resulted from a traumatic brain injury and subsequent coma.

 Terry was born October 30, 1949, the second son of Lawrence and Geraldine Gherty.  He attended St. Patrick School, Hudson and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville, MN, 1967; University of Wisconsin- River Falls, 1971 (B.S.); and the University of South Dakota – School of Law 1974 (J.D.).  He was admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and Minnesota and before the U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, and The Supreme Court of the United States.

Terry practiced law with his father Lawrence Gherty from 1974 to April 1980, when Lawrence died.  He continued to practice with his brother Mark and wife Sue at Gherty & Gherty, S.C.

Terry spent his entire career as a trial lawyer.   He learned his trade as a criminal defense attorney. One of his criminal cases helped set the standard to be applied for the use of  expert psychiatric testimony specifically in a criminal case.  He was an esteemed family-law lawyer who, along with his wife Sue helped establish the legal standard of grandparents’ visitation rights.  But it was the last 30 years he spent as an attorney representing individuals in the area of personal injury and insurance disputes that he found his passion.  He was once quoted “I am honored to represent an individual who has been injured, or an insurance company who represents another’s interest.”  He was an innovative and aggressive trial lawyer who embodied character of Atticus Finch. 

He was Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, as a Civil Trial Specialist. He has held Martindale Hubble’s highest AV Pre-eminent ranking since 1992.  For more than 20 years he has been invited to teach at the  Lawyering Skills  Course at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Portions of his courtroom arguments are identified and published as Specimens of Eloquence in the treatise Stein’s “Closing Arguments.” His biography is also published in the 9th Edition of ”Who’s Who in American Law.””  He was chosen a “Super Lawyer” from 2005 – 2012.

Throughout his career Terry was actively involved in the State Bar Association. He served as the Board of Governor’s representative for District 8 and Treasurer of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He was the chairperson of the State Bar of Wisconsin Specialization and Advertising Committee and also served on the State Bar’s Litigation Section Board of Directors. He has also served on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Professionalism Committee and the Commission on Legal Education. For many years he served the District Eight Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He has also served the legal community, as President of the St. Croix Valley Bar Association and the Pro Bono Publico Committee of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation. 

Terry was active in the community of Hudson, serving on the Police and Fire Commission and with the Hudson School District.  He participated in various functions with the Phipps Center for the Arts, from fundraising, behind the scenes production work to acting. Terry served as a member of the Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Minnesota National Guard, from 1970 – 1980, reaching the rank of Captain.

Terry enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling with his wife Sue.  He found great solitude and serenity paddling his kayak, fishing for trout, or shooting pictures. Terry was proud of his three children, and was overjoyed to be a grandfather.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sue; daughters, Courtney (Jacob) Fruchter, Katie (Ryan) McCabe; son, Mike; grand children, Levi, Ezikiel, and Pearl, plus a set of twins expected soon; siblings Barbara Moore, Joni (Doug) Henningsen, Larry (Elaine) Gherty, Mark (Maeta) Gherty, Mary Gherty (Arthur Lehman), and Maureen (Chris) Tuggle , and nieces and nephews. Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Geraldine Gherty, Sue’s father Phil Schleif, brother-in-law Maurice Moore, nephew Lawrence P. Gherty III.

 A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held 3:00 – 7:00 PM, with a 6:45 PM Prayer Service, Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th Street, Hudson, and one hour prior to the service Monday at church.  A Memorial Service will take place 11:00 AM Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson.  Private interment will take place at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.  Memorials are preferred.  Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson (715) 386-3725.  www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com

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