Edgar Gerhardt Obituary, Death -On March 4,2023, our much loved husband, father, grandpa, and great grandfather, Edgar Arthur Gerhardt, passed away. We are filled with a profound sense of sorrow as we share this news with you all. Edgar was the youngest son of Leo Arthur Gerhardt and Gladys Eveline (Mosher) Gerhardt. He was born on August 16, 1935 in Riverport, Nova Scotia, and he was their youngest child. Edgar came from a kind and supportive family, and he and his two elder siblings, Leon and Lucy, were quite close.
After finishing his primary education at the Bayport (One Room) Schoolhouse, Edgar went on to complete his secondary education at the Lunenburg Academy. After completing his studies in economics and accounting at Dalhousie University, he received his diploma. He started his career in accounting at ABCO Group, where he was successful for 44 years and ultimately rose through the ranks to become the vice president of the firm. Both Reinforced Plastic Systems (Mahone Bay) and West Nova Fuels were influenced by Edgar’s determination to become an entrepreneur, which played a part in both companies. (Lunenburg).
He is survived by his sage wife of 61 years, Sharon (Clarke), his daughters Paula (Peter) and Gretchen (Steve), and his sons Graham (Sally) and William. Paula (Peter) and Gretchen (Steve) are married. (Rachel). Grandchildren, include Samantha (Thomas) and Alexander (Ceilagh), Andrew and Stephen Baker, Paul, Leo, Martin, and Thomas Gerhardt, as well as Mae Parsons and James Gerhardt. Great grandson, Rowan Baker and son-like nephews, Daniel and Peter Stead.
Throughout his whole life, Edgar was a respected member of the South Shore community. He gave back to the area by being active in a wide variety of organisations. The Riverport Board of Trade, the Riverport and District Fire Department, the Riverport Community Center, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he achieved a Junior National JC Senatorship, the Lunenburg Board of Trade, the Lunenburg Swimming Pool, where he was made an Honorary President, the Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition, and as the first Board Chairperson of the Lunenburg Vocational School are just some of the many organisations that he has been involved with over the course of his extensive career. (NSCC).
Edgar has formerly served on the boards of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, the Bayport Cemetery, the Lunenburg Curling Club, and the VON Trust. He is now the Secretary-Treasurer of the Bayport Cemetery. Edgar had a deep commitment to his religion and the congregation of the Trinity United Church, where he worked as the Clerk of Session for a total of 52 years. His enthusiasm for learning throughout life compelled him to maintain his involvement in the educational institutions located in the towns of the South Shore. He made it his mission to inculcate this enthusiasm in the young people of these areas.
Following his retirement from ABCO, Edgar, who was always one to keep himself occupied, started a new job. The highlight of Edgar’s remarkable career was undoubtedly the time he spent each day operating the dump truck that belonged to the family company. Because of this, he was able to participate with his community on an even deeper level, meeting up with old friends and establishing a large number of new acquaintances.
It was well knowledge that Edgar would either force himself to endure the harsh winter weather (sometimes very literally!) or seek refuge from it by travelling to Palm Bay, Florida, with his wife Sharon. He enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including gardening, sailing, and singing in choirs. He made it a point to spend as much time as possible with his family, and he really enjoyed having a good time with his grandkids. Nothing was as dear to him as his family, the job he had chosen, and his trust in God.
In response to the question “How did you live so long?” “Only the good die young,” Edgar said with a wry smile, demonstrating one of his famed comedic talents.
A memorial ceremony honouring Edgar’s life will take place at Trinity United Church in Rose Bay on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., the day and time of his passing. The Reverend Vivian Moores will preside over the event.
You are welcome to make a contribution to the Trinity United Church in Rose Bay, the Bayport Cemetery, the Lunenburg Swimming Pool, or any charity that was near and dear to Edgar’s heart.