Aug. 13, 2019
City of Pensacola Mourns the Loss of Councilman Gerald Wingate
The City of Pensacola is mourning the loss of Councilman Gerald Wingate, who passed away overnight at the age of 73. Councilman Wingate was elected to represent District 5 in 2012, serving as City Council President from 2017-18 and City Council Vice President from 2016-17.
Mayor Grover Robinson and the City of Pensacola offer their sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time, and City Hall has lowered the flags to half-staff in honor and memory of Councilman Wingate.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Councilman Wingate, who was a devoted public servant, father, husband and community leader," Mayor Robinson said. "We know his legacy will continue to live on in the city of Pensacola and beyond. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to grieve their loss."
Councilman Wingate represented the City Council on the Juvenile Justice Council and the Florida/Alabama Transportation Planning Organization.
A native of Pensacola, Councilman Wingate graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. He served his country for 25 years as an Army Officer and retired from the paper industry with 40 years of management experience. He also worked as a realtor with Main Street Properties.
He is survived by his wife Betsie Wingate and their five children, along with numerous other family members and friends.