Gerald MILOV

MILOV, Gerald 81, of St. Petersburg and Miami Beach, died Dec. 31, 2012, attended by his devoted partner and wife of 58 years, Rita, and his loving family. Gerry was a great communicator and never met a stranger. He lived a life infused with passion for his family, his country, baseball, very old movies, and history. Particularly, military history: of the Civil War, the Great War, and World War II. When someone pleased him, his highest compliment was to say, "You're a great American." He was born Aug. 6, 1931, the son of Anna and Harold Milov. He graduated from Newtown High School in New York and attended the University of Miami. Subsequently, he served in the Air Force during the Korean war and was stationed in France and England. He met Rita McGrane in Manchester, England, they settled in Miami Beach, & began their American dream raising four outstanding boys, David, Laurance, Alexander & Nicholas. Later, they proudly spoiled seven exceptional grandchildren, Sarah, Joelle, Hannah, Ryan, Michael, Jared, and Noah. Gerry deeply loved his country and talked often about his military service. With pride he told of being recalled to serve during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, his uniform hung ready during his years in the reserve. He moved to St. Petersburg from Miami Beach following retirement. He fell in love with St. Petersburg, where he volunteered at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital. Member of local Bridge Club, the Silver Sneakers at the YMCA, and became a regular at Derby Lanes, where he became known for his handicapping expertise.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 17, 2013