James Gerst
1944 - 2019
Duggan's Serra Mortuary
500 Westlake Avenue
Daly City, CA
James Gerst

April 23, 1944 - March 19, 2019

"Jim" is at the Heavenly Tripoly table, calling the Almighty with a full boat, aces high. Jim was a devoted father, proud Marine (1961-1964 USMC), and perpetual fisherman. Born to parents Pat and Lena Gerst in the Sunset District of San Francisco, Jim spent his school days at Archbishop Riordan High School and his summers working at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville.
After honorable service as a Corpsman in the USMC 1st Brigade FMF (Kaneohe), Jim entered a career of ship chandlery and nautical supply sales, working for Marine and Ship, Trident Supply, NESCO and Cable Moore. His services supplied construction of the Transbay BART tunnel, kept the Golden Gate Ferry fleet afloat and gave the welding crews of the Bay Area plenty of good cheer.
Jim's artistic passion was photography and he developed his talent to a professional level, taking extraordinary shots of the 49ers at Candlestick, the San Francisco skyline and the natural beauty of the Bay Area. Notably, Jim provided official portraits for Julian Bond during the 1972 Presidential Election.
Jim was dearly loved by his family and will be truly missed. He is survived by his twin Jeffery and his brother Robert, his former wife and life-long friend Charlotte Patterson, his sons Jim and Angelo, his daughter Genevieve, grandchildren Sarah, Nicholas, Mellisa, Kyle, Phoenix and Cecilia, and great-grandchildren Addyson and Jace. A private memorial will be held. Donations may be made to Archbishop Riordan High School or Habitat For Humanity. For more information contact [email protected]

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2019.
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June 18, 2019

I should have suspected something was wrong when I did not see any of your opinionated posts on Facebook...You were slipping away from us.

Thank you for showing me how to be adventurous, giving and truly enjoy humor and pranks , but most of all for helping to shape me into part of who I am today. Mr. James (Jim) N. Gerst, you were one of a kind friend whose shoes no one could ever fill.

I did not get a chance to say good-bye but when I look up at the stars in the night, I will smile at the new twinkling star shining ever so bright.

Rest In Peace

Paulette Landers
Paulette Landers
July 28, 2019
Jimmy, I tried calling you today and got a weird message. Rest in peace brother, you will be missed. I new I should have let you win the last poker hand. We will play cards again my friend.
June 11, 2019
Jim I will always remember your fun loving personality. It seems like just yesterday that we were at swim practice at Balboa Pool. R.I.P. Jimmy.

Mike Dower
Riordan 62
Mike Dower
April 2, 2019
I will truly miss Jim. He and I have had many good times and laughs during our 60+ friendship. I will miss seeing him at our annual class luncheon in December. Rest in peace my brother, and say hello to all our high school friends that have gone before you. We will meet again.
Paul Mayer
Paul Mayer
March 27, 2019
I wanted to give the family my condolences. Jim was one of my.Best Buddies .me and Less will miss you soo much. The Mormon girls . RIP Jim I will listen to my song you sang me always. Deedee
Deedee Martinez
March 27, 2019
It was always fun to see and visit with Jim at our annual "Class of 62" Christmas get together at the "Double Play" on 16th St. in SF. We will miss him.
John FitzGerald
March 27, 2019
We had a lot of laughs together at ARHS Jimmy. Also great seeing you annually at Tom Harvey's Christmas lunch. Mihi Vivere Christus Est. We will meet again my friiend.
Terry Irwin
March 26, 2019
Our hearts go out to the entire Gerst Family. Just Jim's name alone bring back many wonderful memories of being next door neighbors on 41st avenue & of course the times that they invited me to spend time with them during the summer at Canyon 3, Rio Nido. Jim, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!
Bud & Sue O'Donnell
March 26, 2019
May you bask in God's light, Jim. Sounds as if you provided light and cheer of your own during your life... just as a Crusader should... and would have been delighted in the doing.
Czeslaw (Chet) Grycz
March 26, 2019
Grandpa Jim, you are going to so missed so much! I'll miss waking up early to go fishing with you and dad and your 50 fishing poles. I'll miss your scruffy voice and the cheers when you would watch football. Until we meet again, fish on! Love and miss you <3
Melissa Odell
March 25, 2019
I remember signing Jim's senior yearbook at Riordan High School, and like all of us, making appropriate, or opposite, comments about my friend, and here we are so many years later, now signing an exit memo to my friend. Jim was a good and loyal friend, whom I would see each December at an annual gathering of our high school friends, and he was always the light of the party, though He did not attend in 2018. Jim was a friend to most all of us, and always had stories to share, and would cheer and celebrate with anyone attending. I will miss his upbeat being and send my condolences to his family, and his brothers surviving. JP Green
James P Green
March 25, 2019
James P Green
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