Gaetano “Guy” Gebbia, 90, of Perico Bay Club, Bradenton, died Sept. 27, three weeks before his 91st birthday.
Mr. Gebbia was born in Bronx, N.Y., married his wife Marie and moved his family to Valley Cottage, Rockland City, N.Y., in 1957. They moved to Bradenton in 1984.
As a young man in the Bronx, he was a Golden Gloves boxing finalist in his class.
He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a gunner and acquired a love for flying. He worked for the NYC Manhattan and Brown Surface Transit Operating Authority for more than 20 years. He acquired his pilot’s license at age 55, purchased a Cessna 150, and pursued his passion of flying.
After retirement in Florida, he spent much of his time flying to various locations and flying with the Young Eagles. His greatest flying accomplishment was flying 8,878 perimeter miles of the United States solo, landing in each state.
He played golf and baseball, having met Joe DiMaggio. He also was known for rebuilding cars and drag racing in the 1960s.
A Mass of Christian burial and interment was held in Nyack, N.Y.
There will be a memorial lunch and gathering of family and friends noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Bernard Catholic Parrish Center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Mr. Gebbia is survived by daughter Cheryl; son Guy and wife Karen; daughter Kathryn and husband John Magee, son Gary and wife Colleen; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
James Jerome Jenkins
James Jerome Jenkins, 89, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 17.
Memorial Services will be at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com