Services:

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Collins Funeral Home, where visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 30 from 4 PM to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31 at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10:00 AM. Burial will take place on Saturday, January 2 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York where he will rest with his daughter Carolyn.

Donations:

If one wishes, donations may be made to the Carolyn Gebbia Memorial Fund at The Chewonki Foundation, 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578; or the Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake, 1836 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.

 

Charles Thomas Gebbia


September 30, 1942 - December 26, 2015

Charles Thomas Gebbia, 73, of Wilton, Connecticut passed away on Saturday, December 26 at home with his wife Kathleen by his side, after a courageous 7 month battle with cancer. Born in Yonkers, New York, the son of Charles A. Gebbia and Sally Ann Sweeney, Charlie graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx, NY and Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

He was a Certified Public Accountant and was a former member of both the New York and Connecticut State Societies of CPAs, and the AICPA. He spent his entire professional career with Ernst and Young, starting in the White Plains office in 1964 (then Ernst & Ernst). He transferred to the Stamford, Connecticut office in 1978, where he subsequently became the Director of Audit; then was the Managing Partner of the White Plains office and retired as a Partner of Professional Practice in New York City.

He also taught Person Wolinsky CPA Review classes years ago and enjoyed the interaction with his students. As part of Ernst & Young’s commitment to volunteerism, he spent many years on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southwestern Connecticut, serving on both the Dinner of Champions Committee, and as Chairman of the Board, and represented the firm when EY was honored. While in White Plains, he served that community as a member of the Westchester Arts Council.

He was a 35-year parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church and a long-time member of the Country Club of Darien where he so enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow golfers, “the Rogues”. Charlie was known for his wit, his affection for his colleagues, partners and clients, forming so many cherished long-term friendships with business leaders, especially his relationships with the people at UST, of Greenwich, and other prominent Fairfield County companies. In 1992 he was presented with The Jerusalem Award from the America-Israel Fellowship Society for supporting Neve Yerushalayim College in Israel.

Charlie was an avid golfer, a lover of books and reading, a sports enthusiast, a very loyal and devoted friend especially to his “surrogate” brothers, John Treglia, Michael Pagnotta, and Ed Abate. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent many years on the football, soccer, and lacrosse fields of Wilton as a supporter of the Wilton Football Boosters, Wilton Lacrosse Association and then when his children graduated from Wilton High School, he hardly missed any of his grandchildren’s numerous activities.

The family would like to thank the care and attention of Dr. Remi Rosenberg and his staff and the caregivers and Hospice team who supported Charlie in his illness.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen, his daughter Eileen Hogan and her husband John Andrew Hogan of Woodbridge, Virginia; son Michael Charles Gebbia and his wife Cynthia of Reidsville, North Carolina; son Kevin John Gebbia and his wife Renee, of Oakville, Connecticut. He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Kelly, Sarah, and Colin Hogan; Erin, Lauren, and Matthew Gebbia; Jake Gebbia and two step-grandchildren, Josh and Victoria. Also surviving are his sister Teresa Berardi and brother-in-law Alex; his sister Pamela Dowd and brother-in-law Tom; his brother-in-law Michael Moroney; his brothers-in-law Jack Cole and Robert Cole and his wife Kerrin and many loving nieces and nephews, all of whom were an integral part of his life. In addition, he was predeceased by his beloved daughter Carolyn Gayle Gebbia and his sister Gayle Gebbia Moroney, and his sister-in-law Sherry Cole.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Collins Funeral Home, where visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 30 from 4 PM to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31 at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10:00 AM. Burial will take place on Saturday, January 2 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York where he will rest with his daughter Carolyn.

If one wishes, donations may be made to the Carolyn Gebbia Memorial Fund at The Chewonki Foundation, 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578; or the Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake, 1836 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.

  1. My sincerest prayers are with you and the family at this time and may you know God’s strength and love as you face the days and months to come. I remember the generosity and love of life I felt when I first met Charlie and can still feel his smile! He is in God’s hands now
    and together they will watch over and guide you through this time.

    December 28, 2015
    Mary Hubbard-Giesz -
  • Sorry for your loss we know how it is to lose a family member he’ll be the best golfer in heaven enjoying his game love to all Marie @ greg prayer being sent

    December 28, 2015
    Marie Helen cameron -
  • We will all miss your sense of humor and wit on the golf course and the 19th hole where you played your best golf with me. Rest in peace my dear friend.

    December 28, 2015
    Jack Cole -
  • so sorry for your Terry Alex and your family

    December 29, 2015
    lorraine gordineer -
  • I was an auto mechanic in his dads Shell service station in Elmsford,N.Y. in 1958 until Feb.1960.

    December 29, 2015
    Richard Angstadt -
  • We are very sorry to get the sad news about Charlie Gebbia, long time E&Y partner and friend. Our thoughts are
    with Kathy and her family at this difficult time.

    December 29, 2015
    Micki & Jerry Lee -
  • Charlie, we will miss you. Rest in peace.

    December 29, 2015
    Peter Metzger -
  • Rest in peace, Charlie. All your putts will go in now.

    December 29, 2015
    Todd Meck -
  • Charlie, you were a great golf companion and a better friend. You will be missed.

    December 29, 2015
    Bob Green -
  • I am sorry to r of Charlie’s passing. He was very engaging and a wonderful golf companion. He will be missed.

    December 29, 2015
    Dick Harter -
  • Charlie brought a lot of joy to us all. His quick wit and cherubic smile will always be remembered.

    December 29, 2015
    Jim Carty -
  • Charlie was a kindly and humorous golfing buddy whom we will all miss greatly. In his last year and a half, we were amazed at his constant commitment to play with the Rogues and our group and not “sit at home and die” as he so aptly put it time and time again. He has earned his rest.

    December 30, 2015
    Mike Bishko -
  • Charlie you will be missed by your fellow Rogues and the Thursday morning “Dawn Patrol”. Rest in peace my friend.
    Dave Polett

    December 30, 2015
    Dave Polett -
  • Charlie was a kind, good natured and jolly friend who enjoyed life. He was a pleasure to know and be around. He will be missed. John Barna

    December 30, 2015
    John Barna -
  • My good friend of 45 yrs. I’ll miss your infectious laughter, impish smile and warm embrace not to mention all the sambucca dead soldiers. I’ll always love you bro

    January 1, 2016
    Frank Marchese -
  • May God grant Charlie a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at last.

    January 2, 2016
    Vicki & Joe Torres -
  • Your Pond Road neighborhood will miss your infectious smile and humor. Rest in peace dear Charlie.

    January 3, 2016
    Pamela Hovland and Steven Lawrence -
  • My apologies for late response as I just heard this news. on behalf of the Rossi family we send our deepest condolences to the Gebbia family. Charlie was one of the greatest. I was fortunate to grow up with his children and get to know him during my early days, but it was our time in the business and charitable circles I will always remember. A very special man and family. We will miss him. God Bless you all.

    The Rossi Family – January 4, 2016

    January 4, 2016
    Ralph Rossi, Jr "RJ" -
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy, and my cousins. I so remeber you and Charlie sitting over at my mom and dad’s, Charlie made me smile and laugh. I am thinking of you deeply.

    Love,
    Patti

    January 5, 2016
    Patricia Keating -
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