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Death of NC Cacher "Pizzaman"


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Top Cat let me know that Pizzaman (Jerry) had a massive stroke and died on May 17th. His wife let Top Cat know how much Jerry enjoyed being a part of the geocaching community. Following is the obituary:

 

David Gerald (Jerry) Dilda Sr., beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away at the age of 57 May 17, 2003 at Carolinas Medical Center. A native of North Carolina and son of the late CJ and Ann Dilda of Wilmington, NC, he was a very active member of the Disciples of Christ.

 

Mr. Dilda graduated from New Hanover High School in 1964 and married the love of his life, Carolyn Cecil Dilda, on November 6, 1966. He joined and served in the US Coast Guard, specifically as an electrical engineer. In 1982, he started up a small business based out of his home in order to be "around all the time to help the kids grow up." An avid gardener and excellent photographer, Mr. Dilda was a man of many talents, including woodworking, geo-caching (pizzaman), and camping. With a voice that always carried his cheers for his children above the crowd, he enjoyed life with an enthusiasm and honesty that was contagious. He was not only his family's backbone, but also a pillar of strength and character for his friends and community. A true Southern gentleman, he will be sorely and deeply missed by his family and friends. The world has truly lost a brilliant man.

 

Jerry was the loving husband of Carolyn Cecil Dilda for 36 years and a proud father of two sons, David Gerald Dilda Jr, 33, and his wife Tonya Dilda and Darin Rowlin Dilda, 27, and of one daughter, Kimberlee Anne Dilda, 23, and two grandchildren, Robert David Dilda, 13, and Kayla Marie Dilda, 7. Also surviving is his only brother Larry Dilda of Mesquite Texas.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, May 20, at 2:00pm at First Christian Church, 1200 East Blvd., with the burial following at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm Monday, May 19, at Hankins & Whittington, Dilworth Chapel, 1111 East Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The First Christian Church Scholarship fund,1200 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins and Whittington-Dilworth Chapel, online at hankinsandwhittington.com.

 

Published in the Charlotte Observer on 5/19/2003.

 

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thank you honeychile for letting us know of the death of one of our own. i met pizzaman at an event cache, i think the birkhead bonfire, and had an enjoyable evening in his company. my sympathy to his family and friends. sorry to hear of his death. -harry

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