Alvan H. 'Al' Gelford 74 of St. Petersburg passed away February 14, 2021.
He was raised in Suffern, New York and educated at American University in Washington, D.C.
Following graduation from the school of radio and television, he was employed as a radio disc jockey in Charleston, SC and Washington, D.C. He managed BOA, a successful rock band. He later moved to St. Petersburg where he worked as a bartender and eventually owned and managed the popular 10 Beach Drive Restaurant. After an absence from public life he reemerged as a financial advisor, and for many years aired the popular “Money Doctor” call-in show on Sunday morning radio. He was a successful and very grateful kidney transplant recipient at Tampa General Hospital.
His big smile and hearty laugh will be missed.
He is survived by his sister Sandy Slomka and many loving family members.
Donations in memory would be appreciated to Congregation Bnai Israel, or Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services.
Private graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Largo. The service will be livecast via Zoom. Complete information is listed below.
Service 2 PM Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
ZOOM Meeting ID: 850 1929 4946
Passcode: Call funeral home or Cong. Bnai Israel
Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00pm