How wrong can you be? I’ve called everyone I can think of and got almost no more information than I had to start with.
Gerard founded CADS in 1972 together with the British Consul-General at the time (Albert H. Hughes OBE) and a few anglophile businessmen. When I mentioned this at Metz’s funeral everybody said “Oh, that’s normal; whenever he saw there was a need for a society or a club, he just started one!”.
He was always a very keen supporter of CADS and made a point of always welcoming new members and making them feel at home. I only became Chairman because he proposed me and I shall be eternally grateful for him seeing something in me that I had never seen in myself. Once I became Chairman he sat near me for the first few lunches, passing helpful comments (‘don’t talk too quickly’) and guiding me where necessary; he was very helpful.
The most common comment I have had about Metz in the last few days was “nice guy”. I think that sums him up perfectly.
Goodbye Metz and thanks for everything.
Michael D. Carn – Hon. CAD no. 7.