Gerald Lee Hurwitz
Gerald Lee Hurwitz, aka “Jerry the Frame King,” “Orville Oldie,” and “The Voice of Tahoe,” passed away Wednesday morning after a long illness. He was 57.
Jerry lived in the Tahoe community for 31 years, and was a beloved radio personality, charity auctioneer, rotary member, local sports commentator, relentless Dodger fan, and the only Jewish Santa Claus the community ever encountered.
Jerry was deeply entrenched in the community and relished any opportunity to participate and help out with local causes, from interviewing “Weather Kids” to singing with the “Riptides” at the yearly Kiwanis Crab Dinner to squeezing every last dollar out of attendees of several charity functions.
His greatest pleasure was waking up Tahoe with school lunch menus, the weather report, and yearly interviews with his mother.
He is survived by more family members than he’d care to admit, including: his mother, Sylvia; his wife, Colleen; his daughter Katie Bernal and her husband Gerardo; his daughter Carrie Staniford and her husband, Don; his son, Jake; his grandchildren, Kris, Jacob, and Caitlin; his brothers, Arlan and Bob; his sister-in-law Moni; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and countless extended family, many of whom he actually liked.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at St. Theresa Church on Saturday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity. Bye kids!