Gerald Alan Bresadola

Gerald Alan Bresadola

March 04, 1936 ~ December 28, 2020

Gerald Alan Bresadola, age 84, passed away on December 28, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fl. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Shirley Owens Bresadola. His children, Michael (Cathy LaPenna), Thomas (Brenda), Teresa Ferrigan (Kevin). Three loving grandchildren, Griffin (Jennifer) Ferrigan, Parker (Molly) Ferrigan, and Carly Ferrigan. His grandchildren were the love, pride and joy of his life. Gerry is also survived by his two little special canine companions, Sadie and Lily whom he loved very much.

He was predeceased by his parents, Angelo and Rose Julian Bresadola, and his sister Marilyn Ciciarelli (David).

Gerry was raised in Solvay, NY, graduated from Solvay High School where he was a member of the band and football team. He was a 1958 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse with a B.S. in Industrial Relations. He was a musician with the Syracuse Orchestra playing saxophone and clarinet. He also served in the Air National Guard Reserves for 12 years.

Gerry retired as Vice President of Sales for the northern region for a computer manufacturing company. He then became a legendary boat charter captain on Lake Ontario for 35 years. He was known as “Captain Experience”, “BEEBS” and the “Big Kahuna.”

Gerry was respected and loved by so many friends and colleagues.
The 1997 standing state record for brown trout was caught with Gerry’s guidance and expertise aboard his boat, “Dixie Dandy” for which he was presented a plaque personally by the NYS governor. He was involved with up to a dozen various fisheries’ councils, associations and groups. He was one of the founders of the Oswego Net Pens Project in 2006 established to preserve the health of Lake Ontario in the Eastern Basin.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Oswego Net Pens Project, and mail to the Event Coordinator, Tom Allen, 246 West Seventh Street, Oswego, NY 13126.


Stella Bledsoe

January 8, 2021, 5:18 pm

We loved Gerry. We always looked forward to Gerry and Shirley’s trips to GA. He will be missed!

Robert A. Nagy

January 12, 2021, 3:57 am

Dear Shirley, As you know, I first met Gerry as a customer on the Dixie Dandy but over the next 27 years on the lake, we became good friends. He a Syracuse fan and me a UCONN alum would razz each other about the fortunes of our teams. After years of abuse I finally had my day after UCONN won the national championship and I made him run a UCONN banner up the mast on my next trip. Boy o boy did he hear it from the other charters! But he did it with his usual grace and smile. We’ve spoken a couple of times each year since he left the business and I will miss him greatly. My condolences to you and his family of whom he spoke often and lovingly.

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