By Ron HayesBRINY BREEZES — The words appeared for a week on the town's closed-circuit television station: In Memory of Carl Gauer.
That's how this small, mobile home community reports the death of friends and
neighbors, but this time the message was especially poignant.
For more than a decade, Mr. Gauer had been a tireless volunteer at BBC-8.
“He was there every day for 10 years, at least,” remembers Jack Taylor, who
co-founded the station. “He worked in the control room, making DVD copies of
our programs, and he was a fixture there. Very quiet, very sensitive and very
Carl Francis Gauer, 80, died March 6 of pneumonia after a long and valiant battle
with Parkinson's disease.
“So many people have come by and said nobody inspired them like my brother,” said
Mr. Gauer's sister-in-law, June Kaiser. “He would go on trips, to Canada or the
Four Corners, and trudge along with his walker.”
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Aug. 10, 1929, Mr. Gauer was a graduate of Linden High
School. He served as a Navy corpsman during he Korean War, and attended Union
College in Cranford, N.J.
Mr. Gauer and his wife, Joan, began vacationing in Briny Breezes in 1978 and moved
here permanently in 1998, after his retirement from Exxon Research &
Engineering, where he worked as a photolithographer and production coordinator.
He also served as a head usher at the Briny Breezes Community Church and was
active in the town’s annual charity bazaar.
In addition to Joan Samer Gauer, his wife of 56 years, Mr. Gauer is survived by
two sisters, Nancy Boczon and June Kaiser, both of Briny Breezes; two
sons, Jeffrey, of Somerset, N.J., and Glenn, of Brick, N.J.; a brother-in-law,
Fred Kaiser, of Briny Breezes; a daughter-in-law Vickiemarie Gauer; and a
granddaughter, Crystal Evelyn Gauer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Palm Beach County chapter
of the National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 880145, Boca Raton, FL 33488-0145.
A memorial service will be scheduled later.