Vale - Gerry Lee

By Jeff Collerson
Popular Wyee trainer Gerry Lee passed away on Tuesday afternoon, aged 82.

Lee, who had suffered on-going heart problems in recent years, was a former director of the NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers' Association (GBOTA) and a highly successful trainer of a small team.

His most recent Wentworth Park winner was Lady Cynthia, who won three from four races there last year.

Lady Cynthia recorded 18 wins and nine placings from 38 starts, but Lee's most successful greyhound was probably Epidemic.

Tumbi Umbi trainer Jamie Hawkins, who was especially close to Lee, said: "One of Gerry's favourite greyhounds was the Robert Smith-trained Miss Elly Mint, who at one stage won 16 races in succession, but Epidemic beat her in late 2007 and again in early 2008.

"Those wins gave Gerry a huge buzz because he had such a huge opinion of Miss Elly Mint, so he had great fun reminding his pal Robert Smith of how Epidemic had beaten the champ a couple of times.

"Another prolific winner Gerry trained was Queue Up, who he raced in partnership with my late father Brian, his best mate.

"Not long before he died Gerry was advised to have a heart transplant, but being the man he was, he refused it, saying that by accepting that offer he could be robbing a much younger person the chance of living.''

Greyhound Racing NSW offers its condolences to Gerry’s family and friends.