Honoring the Life of Pat A. Gentileby Representative Tim Ryan
Posted on 2016-01-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Mr. RYAN of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Pat
A. Gentile, 87, who passed away on Friday January 1, 2016. Pat was born
on February 2, 1928 in Belltown, Pennsylvania, a son of Antonio and
Liberta DelSignore Gentile.
Pat attended Struthers High School and graduated from the New Castle School of Trades. Pat enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was in the Sea Bee Division, from where he was honorably discharged in 1948.
Pat worked in the steel mills and Kaiser Refractories and then became a self-employed carpenter for 50 years. One of his greatest accomplishments was the building of his children's homes. He was known as a jokester and loved to play tricks on the kids. Pat was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially at his cabin in the Allegheny National Forest. He loved animals and music, especially his accordion. Pat was a member of the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.
Pat will be deeply missed by his family. He leaves behind his wife, Marian ``Honey'' Caggiano, whom he married on April 17, 1948, at St. Lucy's Church in Campbell. They raised four children, Patrick (Denise) Gentile of New Middletown, Michael (Lori) Gentile of Poland, Carole ``Mimi'' (Pat) Patterson of Fresno, Calif., and Laraine (Gary) Solvesky of Poland. He leaves one brother, Joseph P. (Eleanor) Gentile of Struthers; 12 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom adored him.
Pat was preceded in death by six brothers, Nick, Chris, Fred, Sam, William, and Dominic Gentile; five sisters, Emma Genova, Amelia Quatro, Mary Quattro, Anne Spano, and Anne Gentile; one great-grandson, Dylan Solvesky; and one daughter-in-law, Rochelle Hudock Gentile.
Losses like these are never easy, but we can all take solace in the fact that Pat led a long and fulfilling life. He will live on in the memory of his beautiful family.