Mitchell Jay Gerstle

October 1, 1957 - June 22, 2019
Mitchell Jay Gerstle


Mitchell Jay Gerstle, age 61 of Wilmington passed away on June 22nd, 2019 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Mitch was born in Santa Monica CA on October 1st 1957.

Mitch is survived by his wife, Valerie Jadick Gerstle, son Joshua and grandchildren, Alexy and Carlos; a brother Lawrence Gerstle and niece and nephew Carlie and Harrison; as well as his two rescue dogs, Sheldon and Angel.

Mitch was retired from Verizon communications with 33 years of service. His first 56 years of his life was in Southern California but he immediately fell in love with Wilmington during his first visit in 2011. He was a cycling enthusiast, a member of Cape Fear Cycling Club. He rode like he lived; with joy, passion and a strong sense of looking after everyone around him.

He loved making his “famous” turkey tacos which he shared with family and many friends.

Family memorial plans pending.

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  • June 26, 2019
    Paul says:
    A big hug to you my friend and brother ... will always remember you .

  • June 26, 2019
    Carl Amaral says:
    In memory of super nice guy, Mitch..you shall never be forgotten. You will be missed on all Cycling routes. Love C&C Amaral ❤️❤️

  • June 26, 2019
    Linda Smith says:
    Our cycling club has lost a dear member and friend. I loved riding with Mitch. He always had your back. And he loved the coffee stops so he could socialize! One of a kind. Love and miss you. Linda Smith

  • June 26, 2019
    Bill Wagner says:
    Mitch, your passion for cycling was contagious and riding with you was so much fun. I miss you.

  • June 26, 2019
    Tim Horton says:
    Forever in my heart! My friend! My brother! You had a soul and spirit that is untouchable. You were the Joy in Cycling to me and everyone that surrounded you!