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A fond farewell to a friend

By Bob Stein

Cheryl Gaddie was a force of nature.  She passed away on April 15 with family and friends by her side, she was 61 years old.

Gaddie owned and operated CG Designs here on Siesta Key from 2005 to May 2018. One of the designs the public can view is the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in the Village completed in 2014, the result is both stunning and efficient for this small space.

“Interior Design is really interior architecture,” said Gaddie. “I’m a minimalist. I believe that a well-designed space does not require additional footage. There’s one design that works best for each space, and you have to find that design.”

In the professional world, Gaddie was known as a unique and talented Interior Designer. She may have opened her first home furnishing business in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1988, but she was enticed by the warm tropical weather in Florida and after dappling on Siesta Key in 2005, she officially moved here in 2007 and closed her business in Grand Forks. She loved challenges and successfully designed or remodeled condominiums, private homes, commercial spaces, doctor and dentist offices, restaurants and bars. In addition, she designed several new construction homes for family and friends.

Gaddie immersed herself completely in the business community wherever she went. Shortly after moving to Siesta Key, she joined both the Chamber of Commerce and the Siesta Key Village Association. She not only served on both boards, she chaired both organizations during her tenure. Her name is also recognized by members of the Siesta Key Association, Center for Architecture Sarasota, Team Tony and several other Cycling Clubs in Sarasota.

Gaddie realized the importance of continuing her education throughout her career. She pursued college classes while working in Sarasota and completed her MFA from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2015.

Cheryl made a significant impact on her students and the college in Denver and had the Interior Design resource library dedicated in her name. The school emphasizes that she will continue to live on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

After graduation, she felt the need to give back and teach.  She started by teaching online Interior Design courses which led her to find her new home teaching classes on campus at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado in May 2018. Cheryl made a significant impact on her students and the college in Denver and had the Interior Design resource library dedicated in her name. The school emphasizes that she will continue to live on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

To her personal world, Gaddie was known for her zest for life, beautiful smile, positive attitude, and thrill of travel and biking.  She found great comfort in the company of the many friends which she called “family”

Cheryl, you will be sorely missed. I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a friend and serve with you on the Siesta Key Chamber and the Siesta Key Village Association boards.