New Berlin natives contribute three generations of service

NEW BERLIN – In the seasonal spirit of good will to men, New Berlin Mayor Terry Potter's family has always focused on service. Potter's father, Gary Potter, started this legacy of service back in the 60s, when he joined the Navy, and it has continued for three generations.

Gary, 72, was born and raised in New Berlin. He graduated from New Berlin Central School and joined the Navy right out of high school. He was in the Navy from 1964 to 1967.

The Navy vet said he was always interested in joining the Navy, and he is not the first person in his family to join the service. “My great grandfather was actually a Civil War veteran, which I am very proud of,” said Gary.

Gary worked for the flag office and was in charge of sending newsletters and other communications from the command center to the fleet.

“I lived right on the base. The best thing I ever did in my life was join the Navy,” said Gary. “It's the only time I ever left New Berlin.”

While Gary was stationed at Pear Harbor in Hawaii, he met his late wife, Pearlisa “Teddy” Potter. They were married in 1966 and moved to New Berlin to start a family.

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