|Notice Text:||Gerald Bee Obituary for Philadelphia Inquirer
BEE, Gerald, “Gerry”, age 91, formerly of Philadelphia, PA passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He was a graduate in the Class of 1944 from Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA), After high school Gerry enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Pensacola. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from Temple University. Gerry worked as an industrial engineer for many companies including the Ford Motor Company and Philco. His favorite job was working for the Budd Company, a major supplier of body components to the automobile industry and a manufacturer of stainless steel passenger rail cars, airframes, missile and space vehicles, and various defense products. While at Budd, Gerry worked in multiple management roles and facilitating contract bid estimates before he retired. Gerry also worked for 2 years as an adjunct professor at Burlington Community College teaching Math. Gerry was an avid ballroom dancer, which is how he met his wife Harriet. They enjoyed dancing together and travelled extensively in the United States, Europe, and South America before ultimately retiring to Florida. Gerry was an avid supporter of his alma mater Temple University, and a huge fan of Temple University Athletics. Gerry volunteered to help foster development of multiple nonprofit organizations as a Volunteer Executive Consultant through his work with RSVP, and served as President of RSVP for two years. More recently, Gerry was the Chairman of Sickness & Distress of the R.O.M.E.O. Club of The Villages. Gerry is predeceased by his twin brother Stanley Bee, sister Claire Stup, brothers Sammy Bee and William Bee, his first wife Pauline Bee, and his daughter Elizabeth Bee. Gerry is survived by his wife Harriet Nelson Bee, children Adam Nelson (Nina), Suzanne Nelson (Trish), and Jeffrey Nelson (Bridget), his granddaughters Hailey Nelson and Elena Meholick (Johnny), great granddaughter Raia Meholick, nieces Merril Stup and Leslie Stup Sokolow (Harry), and nephew Richard Stup (Donna). A celebration of Life will be held at a later date in The Villages, FL, and interment afterward will be at Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in memory of Gerald Bee to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation at 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or to Temple University Athletics via the Temple Owl Club at 1816 North 15th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
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