NMMA manager dies in tragic accident

CHICAGO — Geralyn ‘Gerry’ Mulcahy, longtime manager for several National Marine Manufacturer Association shows, most recently the Kansas City and Des Moines Sportshows, died Saturday in a tragic accident in Moberly, Mo., the NMMA reported in a statement earlier this week. She was 47.

“I knew Gerry as a co-worker, partner, best friend, daughter, wife and mother. She excelled at all of these tasks. She was truly the best of the best,” said Mark Adams, vice president of NMMA Sportshows. Adams recruited Mulcahy to NMMA and worked closely with her throughout her career.

According to the NMMA, Mulcahy was an industry veteran who would have celebrated her twentieth anniversary with the organization next month. She began her career at NMMA in 1988 as sales manager for the St. Louis and Nashville Boat Shows and was quickly promoted to show manager for the Nashville show. She would later become manager of the Kansas City and Des Moines Sportshows.

“Gerry was loved by everyone she met. She touched so many with her warmth, energy and enthusiasm. In her management of several NMMA shows, her exhibitors and colleagues held her in high regard and many knew her for her sense of humor, drive, compassion and the kindness she showed to everyone,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “She will be remembered as one of those quietly competent people who always got the job done. Her sudden and unexpected passing is a devastating loss and shock to us all. She will be greatly missed.”

Mulcahy is survived by her husband, Clete, and children, Natalie and Austin. Visitation was held Thursday at Baue Funeral home in O’Fallon, Mo. Funeral services were today at St. Paul Church in St. Paul, Mo. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

For more information on funeral arrangements or how to send condolences to the Mulcahy family, please contact Ellen Hopkins at 312-946-6249 or ehopkins@nmma.org.

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