Daniel R. Gernatt Sr. who operated Dan Gernatt Farms in New York for many years and stood Sir Taurus at stud, died Monday in his home after a brief illness. He was 97. The farm was located in Collins, NY, and the horses Mr. Gernatt bred all had the word "Collins" in their name.
Mr. Gernatt owned companies which produced gravel and asphalt products, eventually with locations in several New York areas. He also at one time operated the largest dairy farm in Erie County, NY.
Mr. Gernatt loved horses and established Dan Gernatt Farms, which sold yearlings commercially. His broodmare band produced many champions, especially on the New York Sires Stakes circuit. He bred $4.2 million winner Gallo Blue Chip, and the top trotters Bye Tsem ($515,194), Vernon Blue Chip ($542,816), and Roz T Collins ($410,653).
He was a founder of the Daniel and Flavia Gernatt Family Foundation, a charitable and private financial assistance program for organizations and entities in Western New York State, mostly in the areas of education, health care and Christian-related endeavors, particularly for those in need and who are homeless.
A lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gowanda, NY, Mr. Gernatt was a trustee and member of its Holy Name Society. He was director of New York State Dairy Council, United States Trotting Association, a former president of Gowanda Chamber of Commerce and former advisory board member for HSBC.
He is survived by a son, Daniel Jr.; two daughters, Patricia Rebmann and Phyllis Ulmer; a sister, Esther Dittenhofer; 16 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.