Gabriel Gerth (April 27, 1996 – October 19, 2023)
Gabe’s beautiful essence and positive energy touched so many lives. He embraced life with so much passion. He deeply loved his family, his friends and animals too, especially dogs. Gabe was always supportive and encouraging of the people in his life. He had the biggest heart; a heart of gold. He was hugely compassionate and intensely aware of other people’s pain. Gabe brought comfort to so many others when they were in need. He always wanted to heal others – to fix the life of others. This is the reason he decided to pursue EMT School so that he could become a paramedic to save lives.
Gabe was incredibly goofy, with a contagious laugh, and a smile that lit up his bright green eyes. He was social and extroverted, and accepted everyone as they were. When Gabe was happy, it was impossible not to feel happy, too. He was witty and funny and loved sharing laughter with others. He enjoyed standup comedy and shared obscure YoutTube routines with family and friends, just to encourage a laugh.
Gabe loved the outdoors. As a child, he would hike through the local nature preserve with his friends or on his own. He loved to hike in the mountains and he loved the water, especially the Gulf where he would spend hours fishing, swimming, tubing, water skiing or simply enjoying time with friends.
Gabe was an enthusiastic sports fan and especially a devoted Lighting and Bucs fan. Gabe was complex and soulful and was passionate about music. Heappreciated many diverse genres; his lifelong favorite being The Doors. He often sent songs or music videos that reminded him of friends or family. Gabe loved poetry and used artistic form when words weren't enough.
Gabe was a foodie. He was a superb cook, having learned to cook at an early age. He was always trying new recipes and was quite the griller too; his culinary favorite being his perfectly grilled ribeye.
Gabe was opinionated and determined to voice his beliefs. He always stayed true to himself. He was steadfast and unwavering with his emotions, his heart, and his strength. He was never half-hearted in his endeavors. This included his passion for weight-lifting and coaching others in the gym. He was sought after by his peers to help them define their weightlifting goals and he thrived on their success.
Gabe was a soul like no other. We will never forget his infectious smile and his all-embracing love. Our Gabe will be deeply missed.