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Gerald Evans Masters Marco Island, FL

T'was the night before<$>you know the story! And everyone was sleep ing, even a mouse. Gerald Evans 'Jerry' Masters, of Marco Island, FL, died January 15, 2014 at Avow Hospice-Georgeson House in Naples, FL. He had been fortunate to share his years with a wide variety of experiences that God provided him. He was born in Toledo, OH in 1938. Jerry graduated from DeVilbiss High School, the University of Toledo and Eastern Michigan University.

From 1950 to 1992, he was tenor soloist at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Michael's Episcopal Church in the Hills and First Congregational Church, Toledo, OH.

Jerry taught seventh grade at Jefferson Junior High. He was an elementary school principal at Lincolnshire and Meadowvale, Washington Township in Toledo. He developed the 'Carousel of Creative Arts' for the students which brought to the schools monthly universal talent. His career concluded with the position of publicity director for the school system and director of adult education.

Jerry was also President of the nationally known Toledo Glass Collector's Club. As a certified appraiser for collectibles and antiques in Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio and a member of the MidAmerican Antique Appraisers Association, with his wife, Mary Helen, they had a liquidation business titled GMasters Sale for 35 years. He was the 'Antiques Guy' for the CBS local channel in Toledo.

Jerry retired to Marco Island in 2002. He was involved with the Marco Island Historical Society as Education Chairman and Program Chairman. He was also active with the Marco Island Men's Club and various church choirs. Known for his extensive antique and collectible collection of Santas, Jerry played Santa for many years at 'Stars and Stripes' nursery school on Marco Island.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Helen; children, Caroline, Jeffrey; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 21st, 1:00 p.m., at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 North Barfield Drive, Marco Island, 34145. A reception will take place at the church following the service.

Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to the Marco Island Historical Society, the United Church of Marco Island, the First Congregational Church in Toledo or Avow Hospice in Naples. God gave Jerry much joy and happiness. May your days be as happy as his.

'I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

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Published in Naples Daily News on Jan. 17, 2014