In Memory of Earl Kanter. MD December 23, 1921 - June 23, 2013 Please make a donation to SurfRider Foundation in his memory
Love Never Dies
Virtual Paddle Out and Fundraiser on July 3, 2013
My father passed away on 6/23/13 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. I am blessed to have had a remarkable father in so many ways and what gives me peace is that love never dies. His spirit, intelligence, joy in life, sense of humor, and wisdom will always be with me and our family.
My father was an OB-GYN in Margate, NJ and brought much joy to many families by delivering their children. He was known for his compassion, bedside manner, humor and always there for his patients. I learned a lot from home, including a strong work ethic, giving back, and that a job is not a job but a calling.
He chose OB speciality because he wanted an area of medicine that was joyful and happy - despite the long and unpredictable hours. He was an early adopter of wearing a "beeper," which our family nick-named the "ruin the day machine" because when it beeped it meant that he had to drop everything and rush to the hospital.
My father had a deep-seated love of the ocean and was a life guard for 15 years for the Ventnor City Beach Patrol. He made his reputation as a competitive swimmer and won many awards. This honed his appetite for frolicking in the hurricane swells that sweep the ocean in late summer.
He was the first person to bring surfing to the Jersey Shore in the 1960's - he was an early adopter, teaching himself how to surf and owning one of the first Greg Noll surfboard. In an article about his surfing in AC Press, he said, "I like the thrill of riding a large waves - it's like climbing Mount Everest."
To honor my Dad's memory and his love of the ocean, I am organizing this virtual "Paddle out" on Twitter and Facebook #oceanloveearl to raise money for Surfrider Foundation to support their ocean conservation efforts.
My love for my Dad will never die. And his love for ocean will live on through the work of Surfrider Foundation.
Virtual Paddle Out