Frank Charles Gerami, II, an Acadiana businessman and owner of Party Central and Event Solutions, died at his residence on Tuesday, April 28, at age 68, his family announced Tuesday afternoon.
Gerami was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and a graduate of Cathedral-Carmel High School. He attended USL.
His business affiliations include G&V Inspections and USI companies. Gerami was currently the officer/owner of Party Central, Event Solutions, Deep South Containers, and Acadiana Landfill.
Mr. Gerami was deeply involved in the Carmelite Monastery. He also donated and sponsored many non-profit organizations in Acadiana and in surrounding areas.
He had a love for Mardi Gras, which began 58 years ago as a page to King Gabriel XXIII. His family says one of his most cherished moments was when he had the honor of serving as King Gabriel LX.
Mr. Gerami helped implement Le Festival de Mardi Gras, and had special interest for the economic importance of Mardi Gras in Acadiana.
He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau, past advisor for Lafayette regional trade school, sponsor of youth basketball leagues, past participation in the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Houston Boys Club, and Food Net.
He had a passion for cooking, his family says, and loved spending time at his Florida beach house with his wife, Pauline, his children, and his grandchildren.
Mr. Gerami was a member of the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist parish and was formally and lay minister of communion at Saint Mary Mother of the Church parish. He is a benefactor for many of the Seminarians of the Diocese of Lafayette.
Private graveside services will be held on Friday, May 1, at noon in Calvary Cemetary. Services will be live streamed on Facebook for all friends and extended family members who are unable to attend due to present circumstances. Attendance will be limited to 10 persons or less at a time.
To access Mr. Gerami's tribute Facebook group, click here. Family members and friends are encouraged to join the group and share memories and condolences.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Gerami's name to The Carmelite Monastery, 1250 Carmel Avenue, Lafayette, LA, 70501.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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