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Gerald Thorp

Gerald Vernon Thorp

Thursday, April 6th, 1933 - Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Obituary

Gerald Vernon Thorp, 86, of Pace, Florida, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Gerald was born in Suffolk, England, the eldest child of the late Harry George Vernon Thorp and Maud Louise Ship Thorp Armstrong. He served in the British Army from 1951 to 1953 with the ā€œCā€ Company, 4th, BN, The Suffolk Regiment (T.A.) before moving to the United States and meeting the love of his life, Ann Marie Pendleton Thorp. He always said meeting her was the best thing that ever happened to him. He was a retired employee of 38 years at Warrington Plumbing INC.

Gerald was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Thorp Adams; father, Harry George Vernon Thorp; and mother Maud Louise Ship Thorp Armstrong.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Marie Pendleton Thorp; a sister, Gillian (Skip) Henley; a son, David (Renee) Thorp; a daughter, Teresa (Johnny) Battle; a grandson, Jeffrey (Sarah) Crane; two granddaughters, Christina (David) McCall and Tiffany (Grant) Godwin; two great-grandsons, Trenton and Jayden Bennett; and two great-granddaughters, Ellie Kate and Ansley Crane.

As his wife, Ann, has stated, "Gerald was a one of a kind." With a booming personality and a quick wit, he captivated the attention of any room he was in. His happy place was in his garden, and he was especially proud of his lemon tree. He enjoyed sharing memories of life in England and reciting poetry and song lyrics from the "good old days". He loved his family fiercely and cherished above all knowing that they were happy.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. ā€“ 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

Funeral services for Gerald Thorp will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel, with Grandson Jeffrey and Granddaughter Tiffany officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bagdad Cemetery, with Lewis Funeral Home directing.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel
    Address
    6405 Highway 90 West
    MILTON, FL 32570
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel
    Address
    6405 Highway 90 West
    MILTON, FL 32570
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  • Interment

    Location
    Bagdad Cemetery
    Address
    BAGDAD, FL
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Jeff Pendleton

Posted at 12:20pm
I will always have fond memories of Gerald, larger than life, full of stories and jokes. Prayers from our family to yours....Jeff, Melissa and Davine Pendleton
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Barbara Ropke Mabire

Posted at 07:39pm
My memories of Gerald are many. I guess what I remember most is that when my daddy was in a car accident, someone at the shop sent Gerald to Warrington Jr. High to pick me up and tell me about the accident.
Gerald meant a lot to our family. I remember mother saying she wanted to adopt him so that we could hear him talk all the time. These may seem like silly memories, but Gerald was always there when I was young and I will always remember him and those times he shared with our family.
Gerald was always special to the Warrington Plumbing family, the Ropke family, and the Mabire family.
I am so very sorry for your loss, and please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
In Christian Love,
Barbara Ropke Mabire
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