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Gerardo Antonio Bianco

February 20, 2022

Having lived life to its fullest, Gerardo “Gerry” Bianco, Jr. 65, of Lynchburg died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, February 20, 2022, his wife of 42 years Emma Bianco by his side.

Gerry was born October 1, 1956, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Gerry Bianco, Sr. and Jennie Bianco.

Gerry graduated from Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Professionally, he worked at Griffin Pipe for 37 years. An avid guitar player, he was the director of the contemporary musical group at Holy Cross Catholic Church, where he was a member since childhood. Using music to sooth the soul of everyone he met, Gerry’s shared rhyme and rhythm with family and friends through sacred songs and Rock n’ Roll tunes combining his devout faith and fun natured spirit. In retirement Gerry spent much of his time at the beach with his wife, two children, grandchildren, family and friends. Often, he was heard saying, “I’d rather be lost at the beach, than found at home.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Casey Bianco Tomlin and husband Alex, Amanda Bianco and beloved grandchildren Gigi and Zane (his pride and joy), his sister, Carol Ann Cosby and husband Peter, three brothers-in-law: Randy, James, and John Blankenship and wife Cheryl, five nieces: Christina Cosby and Courtney, Hannah Acevedo, Jessica Blankenship and Erica.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home on Friday, February 25, 2022. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. The family request that all visitors follow COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing and wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 710 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424.

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What a wonderful soul Gerry was. My sympathies to his family and friends. I met Gerry at Griffin about 12 years ago. Since then we have worked together many times on AIC projects. Although I did not know him outside of work, we talked of our families and our churches. I do know that his exceptional character made him an outstanding engineer and a good friend. I will miss him and those that worked with him at AIC will all miss him also. I think Saint Peter will have something for him to fix. God Bless, Bill Jackson

Posted by Bill Jackson on February 26, 2022

Emma, our whole family was shocked and saddened by the news of Gerry's death. He's such an integral part of our memories of Holy Cross, not just because of the music but because he was such a friendly and welcoming person. We have been and will continue praying for his soul and for God's consolation for you and your family.

Posted by Caroline Tobin on February 25, 2022

I am so saddened by the loss of Gerry. He is an amazing, gentle, and giving man. He will not only be missed by our family, Holy Cross, and the whole Lynchburg Community. He was always so positivwe. If we can do anything for you please let us know. Love belated and always, Anne Marie, Larry Caylor, Ashlea, and family.

Posted by Anne Marie Sara CAYLOR on February 25, 2022

We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Gerry’s passing and wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family for this untimely loss. It wasn’t that long ago that he and I talked about life at the beach and how much he enjoyed Croatan. He and his positive outlook will be missed greatly by all of the neighbors. Sincerely, John and Anne Mannarino

Posted by John and Anne Mannarino on February 24, 2022

We are truly saddened by Gerry's passing. I haven't seen him in years( we travel in different musical circles) but when I see him , the friendship picks up like old friends. Please accept our sympathy for a good friend and respected musician. Paula and Sandy Mills

Posted by Sandy and Paula Mills on February 24, 2022

So sorry to hear about Gerry. Although I don't attend the 11 o'clock mass often I always enjoyed the music and Gerry's guitar. He was very talented and will be missed .

Posted by Laura Colli on February 24, 2022

So sorry to hear about Gerry. Although I don't attend the 11 o'clock mass often I always enjoyed the music and Gerry's guitar. He was very talented and will be missed .

Posted by Laura Colli on February 24, 2022

So sorry to hear about Gerry. Although I don't attend the 11 o'clock mass often I always enjoyed the music and Gerry's guitar. He was very talented and will be missed .

Posted by Laura Colli on February 24, 2022

Emma, Kathie and I were shocked and saddened to learn about Gerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by Kathie and Alan Stoner on February 24, 2022

Oh Emma. I'm so deeply saddened and stunned by the news of losing Gerry. Though we all haven't seen each other in more recent years, I have such fond memories of our gatherings, his guitar playing, his extremely friendly and outgoing personality, and his goodness as a human being. He was so talented as well as kind. I can't even imagine the shock and heartbreak you are feeling, as well as your children and grandchildren. I wish these words could heal your pain, but please know I am thinking of you and your family, and hugging you in my heart. With love, Noreen

Posted by Noreen Turyn on February 23, 2022

My heart is broken for Emma and family with the loss of such a warm, welcoming, and music-loving friend. Gerry has been my rock and joy through my faith journey, and he will be so incredibly missed.

Posted by Lisa French Wixted on February 23, 2022

Emma, so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. He was a good friend and co-worker and I enjoyed being in his company. You and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Tom Baker on February 23, 2022

Emma, we are very sorry for your and your family's loss of Gerry.

Posted by WC & Mary Ann Campbell on February 23, 2022

Saddened to lose a wonderful man. Thoughtful, caring, super family man, wonderful friend. He loved his music. But he really loved the joy —-music could. bring to someone or some group. I remember fun times with his music at the FOP lodge ! Emma and the girls. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to ya. Keith austin

Posted by Keith austin on February 23, 2022

Gerry has been a part of our family's life for our entire marriage. He joyfully played "classical guitar" at our wedding at Holy Cross at our special request. His music played while my children learned to sing along with the Hymns and Musical Arrangements. His music has comforted my soul while I cried in grief. We all sang along with him at the church picnics either to his guitar or along with his Karaoke. He welcomed and helped Luke to begin to find his voice as a cantor. There will never be a Sunday at Mass that I won't think of his guitar and voice that brought us all closer to God. He and his beautiful smile are already so missed. May you all hear his music playing and may it bring you peace knowing that he is in God's love.

Posted by Malia & Greg King on February 23, 2022

I am sad to hear the news.. It was always a good time with you when visiting Lynchburg. Thanks for sharing your music. You will be missed.

Posted by James Gallagher on February 23, 2022

So many wonderful memories of singing with Gerry in the contemporary music group at Holy Cross. It was many years ago, but a group full of love and friendship. Never to be forgotten days. We remember Gerry's devotion to the group and to the church. Sending our love to Emma, Kasey, and Amanda. Love from Cyndy and Roger.

Posted by Cyndy Hofford on February 23, 2022

Gerry brought music into all our lives. I am so very sorry for your loss. Andrea

Posted by ANDREA SINGY on February 23, 2022

Shocked and saddened to hear the news on Gerry. I didn't know him real well in school but always kept up with him through his father after graduation. I don't think many know about all Gerry accomplished on the job. His dad was quite proud of him. Later I really enjoyed being on the reunion committee with him. It was the experience of a lifetime. He brought his unique talents to it and seemed to have fun with it. I will miss him.

Posted by Stuart Porter on February 22, 2022

Gerry was my first "boyfriend" -- all through Bedford Hills. We sat beside each other every year because we were seated alphabetically. Also, we sometimes walked to school or back together since his home was not far off from my walk. Always a great guy. I remember he had a "secret recipe" for rock candy that he shared with me when I moved away to Rochester, New York in 6th grade. It was a treasure. He was certainly a treasure. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by Debbie Bliss on February 21, 2022

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