OBITUARY

Gerald E. Sportsman

June 23, 1951May 30, 2019
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Gerald Ellis Sportsman, 67, passed away on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Bradenton, Florida. Gerald is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda, in Bradenton. He also leaves his sons Dr. Scott Sportsman (PhD chemical engineering) and wife Emily, and David ‘Woody’ Sportsman and wife Eloise; three granddaughters, Shelia Sportsman, Joceline Sportsman, and Beryl Sportsman; six great grands Kelly Rose, Loki Azreal, Isabella Rowan, Raven Marie, Michael James and Mason Bryce; a brother SSG Donald F Sportsman, Jr. and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Born in Ft. Bragg, N.C. to Sgt. Donald F Sportsman, Sr. (deceased) and Elsie Parker Sportsman (deceased) on June 23, 1951. Gerald married his high school sweetheart, Linda Giorgianni, in 1968 in Jacksonville, Fl. Gerald and Linda had two sons, Scott Sportsman and Woody Sportsman. Gerald, following his dad’s and brothers’ footsteps, enlisted in the US Army in 1968. After basic and AIT, he graduated from NCOC as one of the youngest ever to come out with the rank of SGT. Gerald then completed Jump School and Special Forces Training, earning his green beret like his dad. Gerald then became a member of the 82nd at Ft Bragg. After his military career, Gerald transitioned to the electric motor and armature field where he worked on power and nuclear generators initially with Westinghouse and eventually General Electric Energy as a contract engineer.

Gerald, true to his name, loved the outdoors; fishing, boating and scuba diving were his passion. He also loved grilling for his family and friends. Gerald will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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Williams Family

June 10, 2019

Condolences to the Sportsman family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.

Danny Wright

June 4, 2019

We are thinking of the family in these very hard times. I remember Gerald from my younger days but have seldom had contact in my adult life. May he rest in peace and may the family have strength in this time of loss and sorrow.

Danny Wright and family.

Diana Parker Wolf Wilbert

June 4, 2019

I am the daughter of James and Naomi Parker. It has been too many years since I saw Gerald my cousin. I live in New Jersey but I remember our childhood and the good times we all had playing with with other. RIP Gerald my love and prayers are with the family at this time

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