Gerald “Gerry” Carmody, 60, of Panama City, Fla., died on Sept. 2, 2010. Born and raised in Oak Park, he lived and worked in Iowa and Illinois and was a resident of Panama City since 1991. A graduate of Fenwick High School and Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., he also attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
Mr. Carmody worked as manager of Skyline Farms in Kenwood, Iowa. He was the co-developer of Rock Island Brewing Company and five other Missipi Brewing Companies in Illinois and Iowa. He was also a partner in Code South, Panama City, Fla.
Dedicated to improving his community, he was a co-founder of America’s first bi-state St. Patrick’s Day parade and the proud parade lead for 30 years. He served as co-chair of a successful school sales tax referendum and was co-chair of the committee to build the area’s first public swimming pool. He was a member and Multiple Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Panama City, Fla.; a member of the Educational Facilities Planners Association; a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church; and a member and former director of the Bay Point Yacht Club.
Gerry Carmody is survived by his wife, Gail; his son, Peter; his brothers, John (Noreen) of Oak Park and Dan (Vivian); his mother- and father-in-law, Charlene and Harry Peterson; his sisters-in-law, Linda (Dan) Hopfensperger and Joan Carmody; his nephews and nieces, Chuck (Cara), Phil, Mike, Colin, Johnno, Shannon and Tara Carmody, Corrie (Ben) Becker and Kelsie Hopfensperger; his grandnieces, Maura and Maeve; and his grandnephew, Patrick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy, and his brother, Tom.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Panama City Beach. A second memorial service will also be held before the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rock Island.
In lieu of flowers, make memorial donations to Opportunity Knocks, an organization Mr. Carmody was proud to support, founded by his nephews to provide opportunities and resources for young adults with developmental disabilities, 8020 Madison St., River Forest 60305, opportunityknowsnow.org. Donations can also be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, Fla. 32504, covenanthospice.org; Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, Minn. 55905, mayoclinic.org; or the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago 60693, rotary.org/en/Contribute/Pages/ridefault.aspx.
Expressions of sympathy made be viewed or submitted online at www.kentforestlawn.com. Arrangements were handled by Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City.