We spotted the following note on Noreast.com, a forum for the region’s fishermen, about Chuck Geller, a frequent character aboard the Brooklyn VI and other vessels:
Received news this morning, a good friend by the name Chuckie Geller had passed away this morning. Chuckie had been a fixture in the bay for many years. For those who knew him, he sailed on many boats, the Tampa’s, Pasttime, the Big M, the Brooklyn’s and countless others before my time.
A great fisherman, card player, a B-17 fighter pilot and a true gentleman. I learned alot from this guy, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace my friend.
Captain Mike from the Brooklyn VI posted this to the board:
CHUCK WAS A AWESOME GUY!!!I NEW CHUCK SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY HE WAS A GREAT FLUKER HE SPENT THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH US ON THE BROOKLYN HANGING IN THE PILOT HOUSE KEEPING ME COMPANY AND TELLING ME OLD STORYS OF THE BAY
CHUCK WILL BE MISSED BY ALL ESPECIALLY THE CREW FROM THE BROOKLYN VI
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYS WE WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU CHUCK
If you knew Geller and would like to share your memories, feel free to do so in the comments.