Gert was born in Germany and lived there until 2014 when he moved to Atlanta GA. He worked as a Master Electrician, and in the course of his work, he visited many different countries including China, Brazil, Australia, as well as every country in Europe.
However, when he first visited the Florida Panhandle, he said it felt like he was finally home.
His alias “Grumpy Bob” came about as he was tired of people not being able to spell or pronounce his name properly, so he called himself Bob when he was out and about… the Grumpy part was added soon after, as his natural German-ness shone through! (He wasn’t really that grumpy, but it made him laugh)
He loved to be either close to or on the water, and he was the happiest man in the world when he was on a boat with the ocean breeze in his face.
As a proud father to Sabine and Issabell, devoted grandfather (Opa) to Jonas and Max, and beloved husband of Debbie, Gert will be missed by many.
The reef consist of 2 Florida Limestone Artificial Reef structures placed 22 May 2023. Surveyed 3 Jun 2023.
REEF ID: 280
Latitude: 29° 54.540 N
Longitude: 85° 31.760 W
Range: 5.7 nm
Depth: 54 feet
Range and Bearing is taken from mouth of Mexico Beach Canal.