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Captain Earl R. Gelnaw

Ft. Myers, FL - Age 89, born in Closter, NJ in 1929, Captain Earl R. Gelnaw, of South Seaside Park, NJ and Ft. Myers, FL, has set sail on his final voyage on March 8, 2018. As a young man, he proudly served in WW II with The U.S. Merchant Marines. Captain Earl enjoyed a long life and had much success as a general contractor, real estate investor, and Businessman. He was the owner operator of the Wheelhouse Marina in South Seaside Park, N.J. Perhaps best known as the Captain of the popular tour boat, The Bay Cruiser, with an endless supply of salty jokes, sea stories and his rendition of Popeye the Sailorman was unforgettable. He will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him. He was also a private pilot and logged many hours flying. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley Gelnaw; his 6 children: Earl Gelnaw, Jr., Jeffrey Gelnaw, Gregory Gelnaw, Shirley Mathis, Laurie Bitterli, and Bonnie Ferrell; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. At Earl's request, there will be no services.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 11, 2018
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