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.