A tribute to one of the admirable of this life:
Jeffrey Lynn Gerardot, 53, was born on December 12, 1968 in Fort Wayne, IN to Merlin and Rita Gerardot. He handed away peacefully on October 27, 2022 at his house in Fishers, IN after a debilitating journey with amyloidosis.
Jeff graduated from Bishop Luers Excessive Faculty in 1987. He pursued a double main in math and laptop science at IPFW, graduating in 1992.
Jeff spent 23 years as a software program engineer at Interactive Intelligence, Inc., the place he developed his first patent and a real tradition of friendship and mentorship along with his colleagues. He spent a lot of his later years as an actual property investor renovating properties in Fortville, IN. His hobbies included woodworking, biking, soccer and DIY.
Jeff is survived by his spouse Cara Gail Gerardot and daughter Esabella Fonseca of Fishers, IN, sons Joseph Gerardot (Megan) and Gregory Gerardot of Westfield, IN. The surviving siblings are: Joyce Bermes (Ed), Roseann Schreiber (John), Patrick Gerardot (LaVonne), Jane Gerardot (Jeff Jeffers), Gary Gerardot (Koula), Susan Berghoff (Jim), Kay Alley (Graylen), Tim Gerardot and Diane Gerardot (Alex Saccanino). He was predeceased by his mother and father Merlin and Rita Gerardot and his sister Connie Gerardot.
Jeff touched the lives of all who knew him. Listed here are the memoirs of some that Jeff deeply influenced:
On this cool autumn day, the solar shone on the purple, orange and golden leaves that now lined the bottom and clung longingly to the timber.
The wind brings an icy chill to the lungs with that first breath while you step exterior. Nature turns into calm and silent. He is aware of that this alteration of season is heavier than final 12 months. However change is coming and there may be nothing to do however overcome it and transfer on.
Within the forge, there’s a custom when a blacksmith passes by. Fellow smiths will strike their anvil 3 times in honor of their fellow artisan. My buddy Jeff Gerardot left this land aircraft at this time. He was a maker. A craftsman. A creator of many issues in lots of media, software program, wooden, carbon fiber, however above all friendships crammed with recollections, love and laughter.
So three hits on the anvil I made. I’ll await every sound to cease earlier than the subsequent one as a result of I NEED every one to final so long as potential as a result of I am not prepared for that and I am holding my emotions and him a bit of longer.
The primary blow is for the tears I shed throughout his ache, those I shed now and can shed over time after I consider our friendship.
The second strikes for the recollections of a deep dialog about love, work and life. Thanks to those, I realized to respect and love him increasingly as a mentor in additional than work, however humanity, humility, love, kindness, creativity and above all laughing at oneself.
The third strikes for our friendship that I’ll maintain deep in my coronary heart and soul. Part of me left with you at this time however you left me part of you with our friendship and it’ll stick with me ceaselessly.
Goodbye my buddy.
Lots of you do not know this, however the world has misplaced one of many actual greats at this time. An excellent buddy of mine died the way in which he lived his life: on his personal phrases and with these he liked most close by. My buddy Jeff Gerardot was a legendary man who blazed a path by means of life with all method of improvements – genius, patented software program programs; MacGyver-level challenge options in just about each commerce possible; to deeply developed friendships which have endured profession adjustments, life challenges and distance. Jeff was somebody I did not see usually in individual, however thought of each week (or higher). He is without doubt one of the few folks to have had such a profound influence on who I’m as an individual at this time that it’s nearly embarrassing to confess how a lot I noticed till he’s terminal. Jeff and I’ve shared many initiatives and hobbies, from biking to woodworking to coding.
Whereas Jeff’s physique betrayed him ultimately – I am proud to say that just some weeks in the past I sat subsequent to Jeff in his carpentry store and watched a frail man , exhausted and virtually losing away making essentially the most exact and completely executed minimize on his beloved Delta desk noticed. I stated to him, “Jeff, chances are you’ll be getting sluggish and shaky, however one factor is for positive, sir, you may by no means get a finger minimize off by that noticed.” He turned his head and checked out me with that sly smile and we each knew in that second…THIS man was a MASTER of his craft. I’ll have witnessed his final minimize on this noticed and his focus, good kind and management are issues I’ll always remember.
Tonight I accomplished an addition to my circuit in honor of my buddy Jeff, a man who created the centralized mind for phone programs, and a man who taught me that there’s nothing extra badass than being a grasp of your craft. Thanks for being essentially the most wonderful you may be, Jeff. I’m fortunate to have counted you amongst my closest associates and I’ll miss you very a lot. WD
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