Gerry Gronau, who served as a Daily Variety copy editor for more than 15 years, died July 2 in Simi Valley, Calif. after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 61.
In the late 1970s, Gronau moved from the Herald Examiner to Daily Variety, remaining at the paper until 1995.
During much of Gronau’s tenure, the editing staff for weekly Variety was in New York and the L.A.-based Daily Variety copy desk consisted of only three people.
For most of his time at the paper, Gronau reported to Peter Pryor, who described him as “diligent and conscientious. Gerry ascribed that to his German ancestry and used to joke he had the only house on the block where the trash cans were always meticulously lined up.”
He was a history buff, particularly interested in World War II, and loved trivia. He also had a passion for flying and didn’t care where he was going as long as it was in a plane.
For the past several years Gronau and his wife Cathy managed a storage facility in Simi Valley.
Aside from his wife, he is survived by his mother, Edna Gronau; children Michelle Bellamy and Christian Gronau; sister Sandy Hollow and three grandchil-dren.
A memorial service was held July 9 in Simi Valley. Donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.