Born on July 4, 1942, in Cleveland Ohio, and passed away on February 24, 2024, at the age of 81. He is predeceased by his mother Dorothy (nee Zellinger), father Joseph. and beloved wife Christine (nee Haff). Devoted father of Channing (Amy Hatch) and Vanessa (Chuck Shano). Loving grandfather of Charles, Carter, Chase, Emmeline, and Henry.

Gerald was an accomplished professional musician, performing as a percussionist in studios, pits, and stages across North America. He was also a respected Registered Piano Technician in the Cleveland area for nearly 40 years. Finally, Gerald was an all-around lover of the arts, and donations may be made to the Cleveland Museum of Art in his name.

A private ceremony to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

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  1. Ralph Bertonaschi March 25, 2024 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Please pass this on to Gerry’s family:

    I’m sure that I speak for Gerry’s many musical friends when I say that he was not only a fine musician but a good friend, and that he will be sorely missed.

    — Ralph Bertonaschi

  2. Robert W Fraser March 25, 2024 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I met Gerry at the Modern Jazz Room at the age of16. Gerry was there with his dad. We have been friends since that meeting. We have played together in many varied musical adventures including a great run of Jacque Brel. He will be greatly missed by me and my family. Bob Fraser

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