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Gerald J. Eisenberg

Gerald J. Eisenberg, "Jerry," 77, of Chesterfield, Va., passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Robertta Biggs Eisenberg; mother-in-law, Edna Nunnally; his daughter, Suzanne E. Corbett and her husband, John M. Corbett; and their son, Aaron, of Warrenton, Va.; and his daughter, Alison Ervin and her husband, Dr. William S. Ervin III, of Manakin Sabot, Va.; his brother-in-law, Robert Nunnally and his wife, Peggy, of Roanoke, Va.; and their daughters, Kathy Nunnally and Tricia English and her husband, Morley English; and Robertta's sons, Wesley and Phillip Biggs; and their children.

Jerry was born in New York City on March 17, 1935. He started his business in his early 20s in New York. In 1970, he relocated to Petersburg, Va. By the 1980s, Transit Products Corp. was the largest manufacturer of furniture pads and supplier of interior van equipment to the moving and storage industry in the United States. His reputation of honesty and integrity among his many customers was unparalleled by any other manufacturer in the country and much of his business was conducted on a simple handshake. He retired in 1994.

Jerry rode 100-mile road races and became the #7 bicycle racer in the United States at which time he was asked to participate on the Olympic racing team. He won many medals and trophies and won the Eastern States Road Championship. A New York City reporter once wrote a story about one of Jerry's bicycle races saying that he "came out of the pack as if jet propelled." Even after his racing days, he continued his passion for distance and casual bike riding throughout his life.

Another passion of his was sailing. Robertta and Jerry sailed throughout the Caribbean on their boat "Kinine," which was moored in Deltaville, Va., and Marathon, Fla. They and their beloved cat, Jib, survived the Storm of the Century while in the Bahamas in 1993. Besides biking and sailing, handball, flying, ballroom dancing and jazz music were other passions. He loved traveling, taking many cruises to Europe and South America, where he developed many lifetime friendships. Jerry was a great lover of all animals, big and small, "better than people," he would always say. In the past several years, he had lost his beloved cats, Jib and Katie, but had adopted four cats since that time, Sally, Lilly, Rosie and Stash. He was well loved by his "grand" borzoi dogs, Rush, Rocky and Willow; and "grand" cats, Calvin and Hobbes.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Parkway, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Burial and funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 24 at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Drive, Richmond, VA 23236, or www.ral.org.

Published in The Progress-Index on Dec. 23, 2012
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