Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

August 06, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest.

Gerry Lenfest, 88, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. Gerry was one of the most influential Pennsylvania philanthropists of his time, donating to countless charities and non-profits throughout Philadelphia and the Commonwealth.

“Long before I became governor, I met and came to know and admire Gerry Lenfest for his commitment to making communities stronger,” Governor Wolf said. “Gerry and his wife, Marguerite, took their incredible success and offered the full energy of their lives in service of their fellow citizens and the city and state that they loved. There is likely not an organization or charity in Philadelphia that didn’t benefit from the Lenfest family’s generosity in some way. From the arts to education to journalism, Gerry understood that the key to building a strong economy and community were strong civic institutions that enriched the lives of all citizens.

“Put simply, Gerry was a great human being and an even better citizen. Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to the Lenfest family and ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in remembering and celebrating the life of Gerry Lenfest. We will miss him.”

The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Monday, August 6, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.
The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.

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