BEATTY, GERALD F. Sr.Jerry was born on March 23, 1924 in Miami, Florida to John P. and Norma E. Beatty. Jerry grew up in Miami with his brothers, Norman and David and his sister, Gloria P. Mason. He attended Citrus Grove Elementary and Middle School and Miami High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving his Country during WW II on LST 131. He returned to Miami and began his 25 year career as a firefighter for the City of Miami. After an introduction from his sister Gloria, to Barbara Harris, a romance began and it became official as he married his beloved wife and sweetheart of 61 years. Jerry and Barbara had three children, Jerry, Carol and John. Before retiring from the fire department in 1977, he opened Beatty's Auto Service in 1976. He belonged to Alpha Sigma Lambda National Fraternity, loved flying planes, traveling and square dancing with his life's partner, Barbara. He will be remembered most for his love of family, sense of humor, generosity and hospitality. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Jerry Jr and his wife Elaine, daughter Carol and her husband Ray Hernandez, son John and his wife Cindy, their children Jill and Brandon, his sister Gloria P. Mason and her family, and many friends. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the charity of one's choice.
Published in the Miami Herald on Sept. 5, 2014