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Captain Earl R. Gelnaw
  • January 04, 1929
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  • March 08, 2018

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South Seaside Park, N.J./Ft Myers FL –  Captain Earl R. Gelnaw, Age 89. Born 1929 in Closter, N.J.  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 Marine. 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 a private pilot and logged many hours flying.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Shirley Gelnaw and his 6 children. Earl Gelnaw Jr, Jeffrey Gelnaw , Gregory Gelnaw, Shirley Mathis, Laurie Bitterli, and Bonnie Ferrell. Also survived by many Grandchildren, Great grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren.  At his request there will be no services.


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  1. 12 Mar 2018
    Bill Boyce says:
    I will miss you forever Earl. You were always a father, mentor and friend to me. You taught me my life's profession and you showed me how to be a better person. Rest in peace until we meet again. Billy

  2. 12 Mar 2018
    Bonnie says:
    I will miss you Daddy. I hold all my great memories in my heart forever. May you Rest In Peace till we meet again. I love you so much. Your baby, Bonnie xoxo

  3. 11 Mar 2018
    Eric J Otten says:
    "Bon Voyage Earl" You always made Evan and I feel like part of the family We will always remember the great times fishing with you...

  4. 11 Mar 2018
    Andrea kinney posted an image:
    Love you too
    Love you too

  5. 11 Mar 2018
    Andrea kinney posted an image:
    RIP. Uncle Earl. You will truely be missed. I know your fishing away with your best friend and your brother. Love you both and miss you too
    RIP. Uncle Earl. You will truely be missed. I know your fishing away with your best friend and your brother. Love you both and miss you too

  6. 11 Mar 2018
    D’Anna & Steve lit a candle:
    Lit since March 11, 2018 at 3:16:51 AM

  7. 11 Mar 2018
    Jeff Gelnaw posted an image:
    Capt Earl and Shirley aka: my mom an dad relaxing at the old Wheelhouse Marina.
    Capt Earl and Shirley aka: my mom an dad relaxing at the old Wheelhouse Marina.

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    Lit since March 11, 2018 at 3:04:12 AM

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  15. 10 Mar 2018
    Barbara mount Kornek says:
    Such a great loss. He was a great funny man ❤️❤️ Thoughts and prayers for all of you

  16. 10 Mar 2018
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    Lit since March 10, 2018 at 3:14:56 PM

  17. 10 Mar 2018
    Jeff Gelnaw posted an image:
    Earl and Shirley, aka: Mom and dad back in the marina days. I’m gonna miss you dad!
    Earl and Shirley, aka: Mom and dad back in the marina days. I’m gonna miss you dad!

  18. 10 Mar 2018
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    Lit since March 10, 2018 at 3:51:35 PM

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    Lit since March 10, 2018 at 3:42:46 PM

  22. 10 Mar 2018
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    Lit since March 10, 2018 at 3:27:07 PM

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    Lit since March 10, 2018 at 3:28:53 PM

  24. 10 Mar 2018
    Andrea kinney posted an image:
    My daddy and his best friend and brother. Love and miss you both
    My daddy and his best friend and brother. Love and miss you both

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