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Nov. 4, 1927 - Jun. 14, 2013
It is with tears and much sorrow that I share some sad news with family and friends. Gerald Dratch passed away peacefully on June , 14th 2013 at the age of 85. He leaves behind his cherished wife Charlotte, sister, Mattie Dinoffer of Sarasota, children Eric with wife Susan of Montgomery, NY, Daughter Diane of Ashland, VA and three wonderful grandchildren, Samuel, Alexandra and Victoria of Montgomery, NY., who he loved dearly. Born in NY in 1927, Gerry was a Naval Veteran who enlisted as a teenager during world war two.. Soon after being discharged Gerry began his career in sales as a fabric salesman traveling the eastern seaboard of the US selling upholstery to both wholesale and retail accounts. After several years, Gerry was hired by Covington Fabrics, a premiere drapery and upholstery manufacturer which had a 5th Ave showroom and office. Gerry was a
very successful salesman and represented Covington fabrics throughout New England and Eastern Canada many years until his retirement. Gerry was a very professional sales representative who made many friends throughout his long career. Known for his meticulous organization, Gerry never missed the opportunity to send a birthday, anniversary or just a funny hello card to just about anyone he had befriended. That list is in the hundreds and culminated in a handmade card which he would send out around the holidays to everyone. Gerry met his first wife Sandra at a dude ranch in PA and later married and settled down in Monsey, NY where they raised two children Eric and Diane. With a huge geographic territory to cover, Gerry spent many weeks of the year traveling with Sandra home to maintain the house and raise the children. When Gerry returned from business trips he would always devote time with his family, often taking them on hikes and day excursions throughout the Hudson valley. Gerry was also an avid tennis enthusiast and eventually became a USTA chair umpire. He continued to play for many years until his knee's became unworthy of his bodies actions.
After retiring from Covington Gerry and Sandra moved to Sarasota Florida where he would find his 2nd Career at Mote Marine Laboratory. Needing to stay busy and active, Gerry became a dedicated docent at Mote helping others understand the Marine environment which surrounds them. Eventually Gerry
would become a Sunday fixture, always willing to share his knowledge with people touring the facility. Gerry immersed himself into the Marine sciences and became fairly well known for his drawings and published articles in the Pelican Press entitled Sea Watch. In 2001, after 47 years of marriage, Sandra passed away. When he was introduced to a neighbor, Charlotte, a flame was reignited within his heart and the two became inseparable. Gerry and Charlotte were married in 2004 and until his recent illness, had been living a wonderful life together. Gerry retired officially from Mote this past November on his 85th birthday having worked at Mote Marine for over 17 years and dedicating over 10,000 hours of service.
We need to all share our thoughts and love with one another while the flame of life is still within us. Once that flame is extinguished everything fades away to memories. Gerry, Dad, father, You will be dearly missed by everyone who had the privilege and pleasure to have known you, and Loved you. The Grandchildren knew the end was near when the weekly postcards stopped coming from their grandpa. I would like to thank the Glenridge Carroll Center Staff and the staff of Sarasota Hospice For everything they did to make Gerry's final days comfortable and dignified. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mote Marine Laboratory in care of Biomedical Research or Hospice Sarasota.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Thank you The Dratch Family
Published in Herald Tribune from June 16 to June 17, 2013