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Capt. Gerald Anthony Matacale, Sr., 72, passed away the morning of November 22, 2012 along with his beloved boxer and best friend "Allie", as a result of an auto accident on the way to Thanksgiving Day dinner. "Jerry" was born September 27, 1939 in Syracuse, NY, son of Anthony August Matacale and Geraldine Woodard Matacale. He was raised in Hornell, New York and honorably served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Maury, NeoSho and the Tutuila, and then moved to Miami, FL shortly after his discharge, where he met his now ex-wife Cheryl. Together they moved to Daytona Beach, where he resided from 1964 - 1998, and raised his two sons, Todd and Jerry, Jr. and moved to Wildwood, FL upon his retirement from the Printing & Publishing Industry in 1998. While in Daytona he was involved in a number of different businesses as an entrepreneur, including breeding, raising and showing AQHA Quarter Horses, breeding Doberman Pinschers, and publishing the equine industry magazines "Quarter Horse World" and "Appaloosa World", while on his ranch "Misty Acres". Later he also owned and operated with his family the printing business of "World Ventures" for a number of years before his retirement. He was an aviation enthusiast and Pilot, and also held a 100 Ton Marine Captains License. He enjoyed fishing, photography and traveled extensively after retirement in his motor home. He was also a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges. Left to cherish his memory are his two sons Jerry Matacale and Todd Matacale and his wife Jennifer Matacale of Port Orange; brothers Carl Matacale, Bloomington, IN, Ralph Matacale, Evansville, IN, Bruce Carver and Donald Carver, both from Pinellas Park FL; and his sisters Carole Carver, Pinellas Park and Toni-Jo Magness, Orlando, FL; four grandchildren Jessica, Sophia, Joshua and Tabitha Matacale. He is predeceased by his Mother and Father and 2 brothers Jim and Bud Carver. Graveside services with military honors will be held Monday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00pm at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. An open invitation is extended to all who wish to attend.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 30, 2012