Gerald “Gerry” B. O’Meara, 73, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. Gerry was born on August 18, 1945 in Winsted, Connecticut to Arlene and James O’Meara. A true Irishman at heart, he attended Catholic school and went on to the University of Hartford for his business degree. Gerry married Alice Mae Clifford, his wife of 52 years, and together with their girls, traveled the United States and the world directing his business affairs.
He was a master chef and was most known for his baked beans and meat pies at Christmas. He loved Notre Dame football and the great season they just had.
Along with his wife Alice, he leaves behind his three daughters Kristin Bransky (David) of Melbourne, Florida, Kerry Tew (Philip) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Kimberly Schindler of Cocoa Beach, Florida. His grandsons, Dagger and Jasper Schindler, were the loves of his life. He was a published author of a book dedicated to his grandsons entitled “Papa’s Message”. Gerry also leaves behind his older brother Jimmy O’Meara (Judy) of Gilboa, New York, his sister Judy Richard (Bill) of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, and his younger brother Danny O’Meara (Susan) of Winsted, Connecticut. Gerry also leaves behind two loving sisters-in law, Evelyn Cotton (Erik) of Indiatlantic, Florida and Kathleen Clifford Green of Bristol, Connecticut, as well as cherished nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
One of Gerry’s favorite mantras was “Trust in God, Believe in Yourself, Dare to Dream”. Gerry believed all things were possible with God and hard work. His success in business can be attributed to his dedication to bettering the lives of those who worked with him and for him. Gerry’s philosophy was “take care of the people on the floor and your business will thrive.”
Our lives have been blessed and enriched in knowing and loving him. He will forever be with us.
A Memorial Service will be held for Gerry at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 South U.S. Hwy 1, Rockledge, Florida.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to:
225 North Michigan Avenue, Fl 17
Chicago, IL 60601