Capt. Gerald Anthony Matacale Sr.

September 27, 1939November 22, 2012

Capt. Gerald Anthony Matacale, Sr. 72, passed away the morning of November 22, 2012 along with his beloved boxer and best friend “Allie”, as a result of an auto accident on the way to Thanksgiving Day dinner. “Jerry” was born September 27, 1939 in Syracuse, NY son of Anthony August Matacale and Geraldine Woodard Matacale. He was raised in Hornell, New York and honorably served in the US Navy aboard the USS Maury, NeoSho and the Tutuila, and then moved to Miami, FL shortly after his discharge, where he met his now ex-wife Cheryl. Together they moved to Daytona Beach, where he resided from 1964 – 1998, and raised his two sons, Todd and Jerry, Jr. and moved to Wildwood, FL upon his retirement from the Printing & Publishing Industry in 1998. While in Daytona he was involved in a number of different businesses as an entrepreneur, including breeding, raising and showing AQHA Quarter Horses, breeding Doberman Pinschers, and publishing the equine industry magazines “Quarter Horse World” and “Appaloosa World”, while on his ranch “Misty Acres”. Later he also owned and operated with his family the printing business of “World Ventures” for a number of years before his retirement. He was an aviation enthusiast and Pilot, and also held a 100 Ton Marine Captains License. He enjoyed fishing, photography and traveled extensively after retirement in his motor home. He was also a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges. Left to cherish his memory are his two sons Jerry Matacale and Todd Matacale and his wife Jennifer Matacale of Port Orange, Brothers Carl Matacale, Bloomington, IN, Ralph Matacale, Evansville, IN, Bruce Carver and Donald Carver both from Pinellas Park FL, and his sisters Carole Carver, Pinellas Park and Toni-Jo Magness, Orlando, FL; 4 grandchildren Jessica, Sophia, Joshua and Tabitha Matacale. He is predeceased by his Mother and Father and 2 brothers Jim and Bud Carver. Graveside services with military honors will be held Monday Dec. 3rd at 3:00pm at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. An open invitation is extended to all who wish to attend Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Volusia Memorial FH Port Orange. (386) 322-5373


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Capt. Gerald Anthony Matacale Sr.

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Bonnie Lane

January 8, 2013

I met Jerry in 1971 at a horse show in Virginia. We became friends till the end. We didn't see each other very often but we chatted on the phone when something important was going on with us. He was like the brother I never had and a good friend. I'll never forget the day he called me and I had just put a young colt on the crosstie in the barn and he was fighting it. We chatted for about an hour and Jerry said, "well I guess you have him broke to the crossties by now"..I laughed till I cried. I know you all will miss him and I surely do.

Bonnie Williams Lane (Sparta, TN}

Lynda McGarry

December 18, 2012

I loved him so, more than he knew. Always thought he would be here. Just wasn't meant to be in this lifetime. I will carry his heart in my heart.

Gina S

December 9, 2012

Todd, Jennifer and the entire Matacle family. I want to express my deepest and sincere sympathies for your loss. I know no words can comfort you during your time of grief but please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Todd Matacale

December 4, 2012

To a man who above many odds, gave all he had to his family and us kids with a promise to care for and provide all we would need and most of what we could want; I leave my undying gratitude and love. Thank you for the memories and thoughtful lessons I have gained and can pass on to my son and daughter to help them have a better understanding of life, as well as, leading us one-by-one to the knowledge and acceptance of God's forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our lives will never be the same. We love and miss you very much! God bless!

Dennis Pursel

December 4, 2012

My wife Elaine and I (Dennis) are very sorry for your loss, we have both worked for Three Flags RV Park for four years, where we met Jerry and Allie. I miss them both already. I'm only sorry I didn't know him longer, he was as nice a friend as anyone can ever hope to meet. I know he is here in spirit and someday I hope to see him again. We are very sorry for your families loss, we will all miss him deeply, he was one of a kind.
PS love you to Allie.

Cheryl Matacale

December 3, 2012

Rest easy my lifelong friend.

Our years of raising kids, raising horses or raising h--- are passed.

You are safe now and out of pain.

God knew your time had come for needed relief from all these worldly ties and hurts.

Memories are held in abundance and will remain. So, till we all regroup in our Heavenly Fathers Home, rest easy.

Betsy Groner

December 2, 2012

Jerry, Todd, et al - I guess my first entry of sympathy was deleted somehow. You both know how I felt about your Dad. Such a tragedy. I'm so thankful that both of you really made your relationship with him meaningful - you can draw from that in years to come. See you on Monday. Betsy

Susan Krainik

December 1, 2012

Todd and Jennifer,
We are so sorry to hear about Todd's father and his dog. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dail and Sue Krainik

November 30, 2012

Jen and Todd: Our hearts go out to you in this tragic and difficult time. We want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for your whole family. May God be with you and bless all of you.
With our deepest sympathy, Ginny, Doug and Briana Blackley

Wade & Dara Woodard

November 30, 2012

To the Matacale Family: God bless you all. Heaven has a new angel. Our sincere condolences, Wade & Dara Woodard