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Gerald P. "Eddie" Torel

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Gerald P. "Eddie" Torel Obituary
Torel, Gerald P. "Eddie"
Gerald P. Torel, 72, succumbed to an almost 2 year battle with West Nile Virus on April 30, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ to Edward and Cecelia Torel, moved to Phoenix, AZ as a small child with his family. After graduating Phoenix Union High he worked as a tool and die maker during the day and nights and weekends helping his dad with the family business, Eddies Specialty Cars & Trucks. He permanently joined the family business in 1966 with his father. The same year he took Lynda L. Anspach, his best friend as his bride. Together Jerry and Lynn worked the family business and in 1977 were blessed with a son, Matthew. He too worked the family business alongside his father. Jerry was known to everyone who came to Eddies as "Eddie". He had great influence on people who knew him and was respected and trusted by all. He was a fantastic teacher in sales, mechanics, customer service, respect, manners & life. Jerry had a character, personality and heart unsurpassed by any other. He had a great admiration for Western movies especially John Wayne. He enjoyed collecting and working on old cars and enjoyed weekends off hanging out with his son and grandsons. Jerry treated people he knew like a part of his family. He was always willing to help anyone in need at anytime. Jerry was a longtime member of the Elks Lodge 335 and Italian American Club. Jerry is preceded in death by both his parents and niece Melissa. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Lynn, son Matthew (Jessica), 2 grandsons Matthew and Gavin, 3 brothers Edward, Ronald and Mark, nieces, nephews and many close and dear friends. The celebration of Jerry's life will be held on May 29th 2016. Please call 602-275-7774 for details.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 22, 2016
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