Gerard Edward Linkowski

Gerard Edward Linkowski, also known as Gary or Link, passed away on October 22, 2023, at the age of 72 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He was born on October 10, 1951, in Bay City, Michigan. Gerard was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Gerard was known for his vibrant personality and great storytelling abilities. He had a wonderful sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. He had a creative spirit and a passion for photography and videography. Gerard was also an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with his furry friends.

In his career, Gerard dedicated 30 years as a photojournalist at WNEM-TV 5, capturing moments and telling stories through his lens. His work was admired and respected by his colleagues and the community.

Outside of his professional life, Gerard had a variety of interests and hobbies. He was an accomplished bowler, and avid artist with a talent for capturing beautiful scenes on canvas. He also had a passion for music and enjoyed playing the guitar and ukulele. Gerard had an extensive knowledge of old movies and would often spend his free time watching and discussing them.

Gary is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kyle Linkowski. He was a loving father to his children, Matthew (Jaime) Linkowski, Joshua Linkowski, and Emily (Kevin) Kendzel, and a doting grandfather to Evan Linkowski, Maya Linkowski, Eliana Linkowski, and Oliver Kendzel. He had a close bond with his sister, Elizabeth Janowicz and he leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. He cherished the time spent with his family and created many lasting memories together.

Gerard was preceded in death by his father, Edward Linkowski, his mother, Helen Linkowski, his sister, Celine Waldron, and brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Janowicz, Their memories will forever be treasured by Gerard’s family.

Gerard’s educational journey began at St. Stans Primary School, where he laid the foundation for his future endeavors. He continued his education at All Saints High School and furthered his knowledge at Delta College.

A celebration of Gerard’s life will be determined and announced at a later date. It will be a time for family and friends to come together, share stories, and honor his memory.

Gerard Edward Linkowski will be remembered as a funny, creative, and outgoing individual who touched the lives of many. His legacy will live on through the memories he created and the love he shared with his family. May he rest in peace.

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  1. Prayers and condolences 💐 many years of fond memories from college on through your career at TV5.

  2. Kyle, sending love and prayers to you and your family. I absolutely love Gary and his wonderful sense of humor. He was truly a good man and will be missed by many.❤️

  3. Will miss Gary’ sense of humor and knowledge of music. Rest easy my friend. Hugs to Kyle & family….

  4. Link was a good friend and a great guy. He will be missed by many, but Meg, Ned, and a few others from the class of 69 will welcome him.

  5. Randy Swierzbin

    Gary (Link) played guitar in the unofficial St. Stan’s High School band. We performed at a few school assemblies. Link was also a regular in our card-playing group. Although we lost touch over the years, I still have fond memories of those times with him.

  6. Sylvia L Linton

    So very sorry for your loss. Gary was such a fun and interesting man who could light up a room with his wit. He was one of my favorite fixtures at TRVP and will be sorely missed.

  7. Karen & Mark Flesher

    Kyle, Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Gary was a kind man and had great sense of humor. Quite the storyteller. We will miss him. Prayers to you and your family.

  8. You left your mark on this world, Link. A lot of hard work, good times and great memories. Thanks, pal.

  9. Shirley Schneider (Leiner)

    Link was a great person to work with at TV5 and will always stir fond memories. So sad for you Kyle and your family. Gone too soon. May he be with the Lord and at peace. Sincerely, Shirley

  10. Greg and Mary Jo Surma

    Hello Kyle and family
    We are sorry for the loss of Gary. His perpetual smile which turned into an impish grin will always be remembered. The bonus is that he was a very good videographer and editor. It was a pleasure knowing him and working with him.

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