Jerry William Duke, Jr.
Jerry William Duke, Jr. has a thing for regal names. When he was nine mom remarried so he became a King and Jerry lost his dad Duke for 35 years. He regained his Duke moniker when mom divorced the King man. He then set out to find dad Duke. Many months and phone books later, father Duke and his loyal son had their royal reunion. Jerry recently divorced, is rebuilding his life and has learned to take time for himself and that is where we will see him in the afternoon on his porch, drinking Kool Aid, talking to God and looking into the sun as it sets over Drayton Harbor.
"Deck Man Duke" is French, Canadian and Cherokee and at one time was a rhythm and blues band drummer. He is a carpenter by trade but became a commercial mushroom grower for several years when this unusual career opportunity presented itself. Jerry now wants to be called Jay as a part of his new life transition. Jay loves to feel his newly found freedom when he rides his Harley and the wind blows through his recently grown long hair. When he is not building for the Bellingham Housing Authority, he's working on his own bachelor pad or chatting with "The Man" upstairs.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.