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Gerald Alois Harles

April 27, 1941 ~ March 21, 2018 (age 76)

Gerald Alois Harles (Gerry), passed away on March 21, 2018 at the age of 76. He was born in British Columbia, Canada to Sudetenland refugees in 1941. After working in the petroleum industry, he made his way to Europe at 17 and started working in sales with Porsche. He was then hired by the Chrysler Corporation in their military sales division. He met his wife on a cruise to Turkey which resulted in 47 years of marriage. After outposts in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Panama they made their way to the beaches of Florida.  They bought a motorcycle and marine dealership, opened a fine wine and liquor store and built a successful Amway distributorship. Florida is where they settled to live and start a family. He was always surrounded by his family and friends entertaining them all with his many stories. He was an avid golfer, sailor, and skier. He spent much of his time traveling and showing the world to his family. While he slightly resembled Frank Sinatra in appearance, he more than embodied the spirit of the late great crooner’s famous song of ‘doing it his way’. While he battled Parkinson’s disease towards the end of his life he never let it define him. He was a hero to some, admired by most, and will be missed by all.  He is survived by his wife Judy, son Gary and daughter Nita. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Research facility of your choice.

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