Gerald S. "Jerry" REHM

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REHM, Gerald S. "Jerry"

90, of Cearwater was born March 10, 1927 in West Palm Beach, FL. He went home to the Lord on his 90th birthday, March 10, 2017. He was an Eagle Scout, the highest honor bestowed a Boy Scout. He was a 1948 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY).

Jerry's political career began in Dunedin as a City Commissioner, and ultimately serving three terms as one of Dunedin's youngest Mayors, at the age of 38 (1963-71). While Mayor, his greatest contribution was the acquisition and development of Caladesi Island as a state park. Now 51 years later, and for generations to come, all may enjoy what he worked so hard to preserve.

Jerry's passion for politics continued in the Florida Senate (1981-84) and the Florida House of Representatives (1986-90). While in office, he obtained funding for the widening of State Road 580 and the acquisition of land where the Dunedin Community Center is now located.

Upon conclusion of his political career, Jerry along with his son Scott have owned and operated the Florida Candy Factory for 33 years.

Jerry's most recent accomplishment has been working for and representing the United States Merchant Marine Academy, his alma mater in Washington, DC.

Jerry is survived by his three children, Greg (Kathleen), Pam and Scott (Mary); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 22 years (Edna), her son, grandson and great-granddaughter.

There will be a gathering of family and friends on Monday, March 20 from 5-8 pm with a wake service at 7:30 pm at Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church Hall, 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL 33759. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 11 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698.

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 16, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Sylvan Abbey - Funeral Home
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