On 7 June, my first morning back in Stockholm, I visited Lidingö Kyrka and Gerald’s stone to do the usual maintenance, including cutting away the ever-encroaching ivy and cleaning the flower cup, which was filled with rain water. The card I’d placed last year was no longer there - probably removed by Churchyard workers if it had been damaged by winter weather.
On 11 June I returned, accompanied by Sven Erick Alm, Gerald’s step-nephew, and again placed new flowers and the updated card at the stone. As it will be Gerald’s 100th birthday anniversary on 11 June 2014, he suggested a celebratory dinner be held on that day in Stockholm, with all those whom I have met in the city with connections to Gerald to be invited. I then visited the Church Office and topped up the cost of the maintenance of the gravestone with the Church Officer, Anneli Ericsson. On checking my e-mails on my return to the hotel later that day, I was delighted to have received a communication from Alan Mohr, Gerald’s cousin, with important family information which I have updated elsewhere on the website.
On the morning of my departure from Stockholm on 13 June, I again returned to Lidingö Kyrka, this time accompanied by Michael Valin, my friend and a fan of Gerald’s. Michael is from Stockholm although he works in Helsinki, Finland, and has been of invaluable help and assistance to me regarding research and knowledge of the Swedish film industry on my behalf for those people who have worked with Gerald.