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OBITUARY

Larry P. Gerwig

March 12, 1945April 21, 2021

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

13 May

Visitation

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Lobby

1111 McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, Florida 33759

13 May

Celebration of Life Service

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Auditorium

1111 McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, Florida 33759

13 May

Reception

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Following Service

Ruth Eckerd Hall- Lobby


Memories

Larry P. Gerwig

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Jerry & Mary Parsons

May 5, 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

April 28, 2021

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

Sandra Ruppel

April 28, 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

April 25, 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

April 25, 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

April 24, 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

April 24, 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.

Diane Eckstein

April 23, 2021

Our brother in law was a special person. He had the gift of life which shown in his oil paintings. He was always up beat and fun to be around. We were blessed to have Larry and Linda to our home to celebrate Christmas. Love and laughter always followed where Larry would go. We have been blessed with a wonderful family unit and he will be remembered for all that he was to everyone.
Love,
Carl and Diane Eckstein

Pete and Linda Dalina

April 23, 2021

We are so saddened by Larry's passing. It was our good fortune to have met you both. We had such fun during our pickleball beginnings on the tennis courts. And, we will never forget Larry's florescent shirts. Pete and I will miss you - you had the greatest smile. But, we feel very blessed to have Larry's " Island Girls " hanging in our home. We'll always remember you. Rest in peace, Larry.

Michael Tolbert

April 22, 2021

Linda & Family,

Sheila and I are heartbroken over Larry’s passing. Words cannot express our sorrow. Larry was so much fun and a dang good artist. I will miss hawking hot dogs with him and sharing stories of his cooking skills while we burned your pan at the Beach Art Center. I will never forget his friendly smile or his love of life.

God bless,

Mike & Sheila

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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.