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OBITUARY

Larry P. Gerwig

12 March, 194521 April, 2021
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Larry Paul Gerwig was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 12, 1945. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Glenna and his sister, Melanie. He moved with his family to the Clearwater area in 1963 upon his graduation from high school. He graduated from Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, studying construction and architectural design. In 1965, he was drafted into the US Army. He served 2 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of 32 years, his two sons, Paul (Joanna) of Ayers, MA, David (Kristina) of Clearwater and two stepsons, Mark Streicher (Stacy) of Tampa and Michael Streicher (Lori) of Japan. Eleven grandchildren, Andy, Ethan, Spencer, Katie, Emma, Taylor, Carson, Riley, Sydney, Zachary and Jack.

Larry loved to travel. Being stationed in France while in the army, his interests in foreign ports were piqued. Larry met his first wife, Mary, from England, on his travels. She was vacationing in Spain. Upon his discharge from the army, Mary came to America with him. They married, settled in Clearwater and started their family. They had two sons, Paul and David.

Linda and Larry’s journey began a little later in life, blending two families together with Linda’s two sons, Mark and Michael. Larry continued his love for traveling with Linda traveling abroad to many ports of call.

Larry was always ready for a new adventure. His 50th birthday began a decade of sailing with the purchase of a 32 ft. Hunter Sailboat, named Sea Venture. He taught himself to sail and enjoyed many sun set cruises, day sails and races to Key West.

Larry believed in giving back to the community. One of his passions was jazz music. He was a member of the Clearwater Jazz Foundation Board for 25 years and past president. He always looked forward to October’s in Coachman Park in Clearwater listening to his beloved jazz music.

As Larry became semi- retired, he took up painting, taking lessons at the Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach. His new passion became painting. He was an accomplished artist in watercolor and oil painting. He won multiple ribbons in juried shows at the art center. His travels gave him many subjects to paint. He joined the Beach Art Center board, volunteering and assisting in fund raising events.

Larry loved the game of Pickle Ball. His favorite score was “7-Up” and could often be heard saying, “Come back with a prayer” if his side was behind.

His most recent adventure was purchasing a Green Egg. He enjoyed exploring cook books for recipes and discovering new spices as he perfected his cooking talents.

Larry loved parties, especially Friday parties! Any occasion though was a reason for a party, a reason to celebrate! A dirty martini with extra olives was the drink of choice and a few gin and tonics along the way!

He loved people and being surrounded by family, grandkids and friends. He touched many lives along his journey. His heart was big and full of love to share with all those that entered his life. Larry made so many wonderful and lasting friendships along his journey with his professional career and his community involvement.

He loved life and lived to the fullest, always learning and encountering new adventures. “Work hard, Play hard.” was his motto! And of course, “Hard Work pays off” was often heard by our children as they were growing up. He set a fine example as a parent, a partner and a friend. He lived large and created a world in which he could. He would be so touched by the outpouring of love from so many.

He will be greatly missed by Linda, Paul, David, Mark, Michael and all the grandkids and dear friends.

Family has requested that donations be made in lieu of Flowers to the Beach Art Center and/or Clearwater Jazz Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • Predeceased by: parents; Lawrence and Glenna and sister; Melanie


    Survived by: wife; Linda of 32 years
    Two sons; Paul (Joanna), David (Kristina)
    Two stepsons; Mark Streicher (Stacy) and Michael Streicher (Lori)
    Eleven grandchildren; Andy, Ethan, Spencer, Katie, Emma, Taylor, Carson, Riley, Sydney, Zachary and Jack.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 13 May , 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, 13 May , 2021

  • Reception

    Thursday, 13 May , 2021

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Adrian & Patricia Thomas

13 May 2021

We met Larry when we first moved to Florida and got involved with the Beach Art Center.
It was clear how committed Larry was to this place and he was prepared to do whatever he could to keep her going. Larry did much more behind the scenes at the Beach Art Center than most realized and did it with humility. When Larry thanked others for helping out, it was with a level of sincerity I’ve rarely experienced. Larry made people feel “seen”.
Larry helped to raise funds for and then, as a volunteer, oversaw two big projects at the Beach Art Center in the past 3 years. First to repair and paint the exterior and then hurricane hardening to ensure the building would stand for many more years, what a legacy.
Larry’s good works were multiplied by his ability to involve others in this place he was so passionate about. Larry recruited several volunteers and members to the Board and that has changed the trajectory of our little art center.
I’m sure there is a “law of attraction” in many areas of Larry’s life – he brought good people to care about what Larry cared about – and that was a long list.
Larry’s zest for life is well documented by others and we are so grateful to have experienced it firsthand but feeling sad that it couldn’t have been for years longer.
Our prayers are with Linda and Linda & Larry's family.
He will be greatly missed.
Adrian & Patricia Thomas
Indian Rocks Beach

Kristina Gerwig

9 May 2021

Dad, that seems a simple word, basic to our vocabulary, but it holds so much weight.
Larry Gerwig is my father-in-law. Never has a second wife of a son felt such welcome as I did with Larry and Linda. He personified the word "Dad", loving, caring, interested, and devoted.
He and Linda helped both of us though some of the most trying times of our life together never wavering in their support or kindness.
Though Larry was so good to me and I loved him dearly, I could never bring myself to call him Dad thinking it was somehow disloyal to my own father. For that I will be forever sad. So, I say it now, DAD I love and miss you. We didn't have enough time.

David Gerwig

9 May 2021

My father was, simply put, the best man I have ever known. As a child I did not really think he understood me or my brother. We were these small noisy people who could not communicate very well, and I know he wanted us to grow up so we could be on par with him. Sometimes it was rough for me to see where he was coming from.

But as life went on I realized that it was not me or my brother that was making him this way.. it was life. When the unthinkable happened and my parents were divorced I was devastated. I simply could not cope and took it all out on my dad. As a result I lost many years that I could have spent seeking his guidance and enjoying his conversations. In time I saw him blossom in his marriage with Linda. She brought him true happiness and joy. She was there for us when we needed her and her guidance and thoughts were always heartfelt and loving. They both have treated my children and my step children with kindness and love.

The memory I would like to share is of a night out with music and food. We all know my father loved the Jazz Holiday and jazz music. He waited all year to go to the concert and see friends and family while he enjoyed "his" music. Music was always different for my brother and me. We are all accustomed to the music that we grow up with. While Dad listened to Alan Parsons Project and Lionel Richey my brother and I grew up on a diet of hard core punk and 70's metal. Dad did not get it. One Christmas Kristina and I got Dad tickets to go to a show with us. It was The Revered Horton Heat in St Pete at the State Theatre. We had dinner out and drinks at the show. To my surprise Dad actually loved the rockabilly music! He was like a kid all full of joy and was insisted on finishing the night was an early breakfast at Denny's. This will always be a special time that we had together.

Dad, I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. You were and will continue to be my hero, and I will miss you. See you later never goodbye.....

Jerry & Mary Parsons

5 May 2021

Linda, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Larry. We have so many good memories of our times in Florida and have always greatly appreciated how we have been included in the many parties, dinners, nights out, etc with the group. Wish we could be there with you and we will be thinking of you during this time. Larry was such a great guy & will be greatly missed.

Katie Gerwig

28 April 2021

Grandpa Larry helped me to find my passion in photography and I will always be grateful for that

Sandra Ruppel

28 April 2021

Dear Linda,
I can not find the words to console you and your family. I first met Larry in an art class just a few years ago. His smile will always be my memory of him. It was fun to just be in his presence . We also shared a common interest in REH. My husband and i have been supporters since the very beginning so we had several conversations about his work there.
I cherish the times we shared at the art center. He was loved by many and will be missed by all of us.
I hope to see you soon.
I send this message with a sad heart.
Sandy Ruppel

Sherri and Guy Coreno

25 April 2021

Linda, my heart goes out to you with the loss of your beloved Larry. I am struggling to find the words to express my sadness and the words to comfort you. I've decided there are no words right now. You and Larry have been a part of my life for over 50 years. We met as young couples just starting out before our children were born. We have shared a lot life experiences together, some happy and some sad. Always there for each other. How blessed I have been to have had you and Larry for that long. You both are more family then friends. I will miss so many things about Larry, his zest for life, his spontaneity, his smile and laughter.........always ready to try something new, to learn. Guy and I have many happy memories of the times we spent together eating out, going to the movies, traveling, partying, just cutting up and having fun. Larry would want us to remember the good and happy times and not be sad. That's the way he was. Larry we miss you but we will never forget you and all the good times. Rest in peace dear friend. See you on the other side!

Michael & Stella Alea

25 April 2021

Stella and I are absolutely heartbroken over this. We will always remember Larry on the pickle ball court and his infectious smile. He was by far the nicest person we had ever met. Larry has earned on his wings .

Marilyn Wilder

24 April 2021

Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Larry. I haven't seen you much since you moved, but I will always remember what a wonderful person he was. I hope you find strength in your family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Russell & Sheryl Meadows

24 April 2021

Linda, We will remember meeting Larry on the IRB Pickleball courts.He would arrive early in his golf cart.Always in bright colors and that great laugh.One morning in particular (48degrees) he was wearing black legging under his shorts.We inquired and his usual answer "Linda dressed me".I found out where she bought them and got a pair for myself.My first morning wearing them caused Linda Dalina to call me Mr.Panty Hose.We will always remember Larry inviting us over to Randolph Farms during a shut down at IRB courts.We had a blast.We were ready to leave when Larry invited to a brunch that Linda had fixed.It was super.Looking forward to seeing Larry on the Pickleball Courts in Heaven.

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Biography

Larry Paul Gerwig was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 12, 1945. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Glenna and his sister, Melanie. He moved with his family to the Clearwater area in 1963 upon his graduation from high school. He graduated from Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, studying construction and architectural design. In 1965, he was drafted into the US Army. He served 2 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of 32 years, his two sons, Paul (Joanna) of Ayers, MA, David (Kristina) of Clearwater and two stepsons, Mark Streicher (Stacy) of Tampa and Michael Streicher (Lori) of Japan. Eleven grandchildren, Andy, Ethan, Spencer, Katie, Emma, Taylor, Carson, Riley, Sydney, Zachary and Jack.

Larry loved to travel. Being stationed in France while in the army, his interests in foreign ports were piqued. Larry met his first wife, Mary, from England, on his travels. She was vacationing in Spain. Upon his discharge from the army, Mary came to America with him. They married, settled in Clearwater and started their family. They had two sons, Paul and David.

Linda and Larry’s journey began a little later in life, blending two families together with Linda’s two sons, Mark and Michael. Larry continued his love for traveling with Linda traveling abroad to many ports of call.

Larry was always ready for a new adventure. His 50th birthday began a decade of sailing with the purchase of a 32 ft. Hunter Sailboat, named Sea Venture. He taught himself to sail and enjoyed many sun set cruises, day sails and races to Key West.

Larry believed in giving back to the community. One of his passions was jazz music. He was a member of the Clearwater Jazz Foundation Board for 25 years and past president. He always looked forward to October’s in Coachman Park in Clearwater listening to his beloved jazz music.

As Larry became semi- retired, he took up painting, taking lessons at the Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach. His new passion became painting. He was an accomplished artist in watercolor and oil painting. He won multiple ribbons in juried shows at the art center. His travels gave him many subjects to paint. He joined the Beach Art Center board, volunteering and assisting in fund raising events.

Larry loved the game of Pickle Ball. His favorite score was “7-Up” and could often be heard saying, “Come back with a prayer” if his side was behind.

His most recent adventure was purchasing a Green Egg. He enjoyed exploring cook books for recipes and discovering new spices as he perfected his cooking talents.

Larry loved parties, especially Friday parties! Any occasion though was a reason for a party, a reason to celebrate! A dirty martini with extra olives was the drink of choice and a few gin and tonics along the way!

He loved people and being surrounded by family, grandkids and friends. He touched many lives along his journey. His heart was big and full of love to share with all those that entered his life. Larry made so many wonderful and lasting friendships along his journey with his professional career and his community involvement.

He loved life and lived to the fullest, always learning and encountering new adventures. “Work hard, Play hard.” was his motto! And of course, “Hard Work pays off” was often heard by our children as they were growing up. He set a fine example as a parent, a partner and a friend. He lived large and created a world in which he could. He would be so touched by the outpouring of love from so many.

He will be greatly missed by Linda, Paul, David, Mark, Michael and all the grandkids and dear friends.

Family has requested that donations be made in lieu of Flowers to the Beach Art Center and/or Clearwater Jazz Foundation.