February 12, 1949 – October 16, 2017
Bernard Francis Gesing MD, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on October 16, 2017, at the Harris Hospice unit at Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Bernie was born February 12, 1949, in Cleveland, OH to Bernard Joseph Gesing and Dorothy Hubka Gesing. He received his Jesuit education, graduating from St Ignatius in Cleveland, OH. He earned a BS degree in Psychology from Miami of Ohio University in Oxford, OH. He graduated from physician assistant school at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and worked briefly as a PA prior to his acceptance into medical school. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA in 1979. Following his medical residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, he made his home in Charlotte and was a founding partner of Carmel Family Physicians prior to his transition into a long career as an emergency department physician with the group MEMA (MidAtlantic Emergency Medical). He worked as a physician on a Greek cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Bernie was a member of the Mecklenburg Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He earned numerous accolades during his medical career. His positive energy made him a favorite among his peers and ER staff.
Bernie loved to travel and the Greek cruise ship on which he worked as a floating hotel at the Barcelona Olympics, where he enjoyed attending the games. Bernie loved living in Charlotte and could be seen at any festive gathering of people. He was a lifelong runner and a long time active member of the Dowd YMCA. He was a regular participant in his favorite Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC. He was a Carolinas Panthers charter PSL owner and loved to tailgate and attend football games. He loved his home on Lake Norman and spending time on the water there. Bernie shared all of these things with family and friends. His dancing and karaoke created a fan following. He was deeply devoted to his wife and family and loved nothing more than spending time with his two sons and five grandchildren. Bernie’s zest for life was unequaled. Bernie lived by the motto CARPE DIEM!
Bernie is survived by his wife, Paige Kester Gesing. Also by his two sons, Ben Gesing and wife, Michelle, of Chicago IL; Bernie Gesing and his wife, Fran, of Charlotte NC; Sister Jane Markus and husband, Bill; brothers Jim Gesing and wife, Marilyn; Tom Gesing and Tim Gesing and wife, Janet. He leaves behind five grandchildren Brady and Elle Gesing of Chicago IL and Hill, Banks and Max Gesing of Charlotte NC as well as many nieces and nephews and their families. He will be missed by good friend and mother of his sons, Jackie McKee and longtime special friend, Glenna Spaite.
Early onset dementia took this amazing man away much too soon. We want to say special thanks to Bernie’s longtime physician Dr. Jimmy Adcock. The trust Bernie had in him made a significant difference in this journey. We also want to thank The Ivey, Northlake House memory care center and The Harris Hospice unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. We will never forget the compassionate care given to Bernie and our family. The hope is that the many people who mourn his loss will find a positive way to honor his memory by embracing life as Bernie did. CARPE DIEM!
The Gesing family will gather to greet friends and remember Dr. Gesing from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Sunday, the 22nd of October 2017 at Ellington Funeral Services. A private prayer service will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dowd YMCA in Charlotte, organizations that fund dementia research or the charity of your choice.