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Ronald A. Gebo, 90, passed away peacefully at his home, on April 1, 2017, with his wife of 35 years, MaryAlice, by his side.  Ron was born on January 20, 1927 to Oliver Gebo & Hazel (Roberts) in Newton Falls, NY. 

Ron served his country in the Army at the end of World War II from March 1945 to March 1947.  He reenlisted in the Army in May 1950 for 3 years. 

He spent most of his adult years living in the upstate New York area as a commercial painter in the Painters Local Union No. 31, Syracuse, NY. 

He has two natural children, David & Dawn, and 5 grandchildren.  He has 2 step-daughters, Donna & Dave Modafferi, and Kathy & Jim Thousand.  He has 4 step-grandchildren. 

In the 1980’s & 90’s, he and MaryAlice lived in Hastings, NY and summered at Brennan’s Beach camp ground on Lake Ontario for many years.  They moved to Tarpon Springs, FL in 1994.  Ron enjoyed rollerskating, boating, bowling and many other activities in retirement.  He could always be counted on to help out his friends & neighbors with small home projects from flooring to painting.  He will be greatly missed.



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  • Jim Thousand says:

    Ron will be sorely missed, I have no words that would due this man justice he is one of the good ones.

  • Diana Carlon says:

    Mary Alice, Kathy and Donna, So sorry for your loss of Ron! He and Jim enjoyed talking together and we always enjoyed seeing you both .

  • Candy Falkowski says:

    Mary Alice, Ron will always have a very special place in my heart…such a WONDERFUL friend!
    Love, Candy

  • Katherine Thousand says:

    He was a wonderful grandpa, and as my brother says, a great role model. I’ll always remember his huge bear hugs and hearty pats on the back. He will be missed so much!

  • Terri and Joe Doherty says:

    Mary Alice, Donna, Kathy and familes, we offer our sincere condolences on the loss of an obviously beloved man.

  • Kathy says:

    Fabulous step-Dad! Always willing to help out with my home projects. He must have painted half a dozen apartments for me in my single days, and later taught me how to paint myself. Ron was one of the good ones!

  • Donna Modafferi says:

    Ron was a wonderful stepfather! Loved listening to his painting stories. Got lots of great painting tips from him. Andy and Nicole loved roughhousing with him when they were small. He will be greatly missed!

  • (Bunny) Susan Sexton says:

    What’s left to be said !? God blessed us with the love & friendship of Ron Gebo by sending him to us later in life & especially to ‘my big sis’ Emmy. He was a terrific husband to her & BIL to me. He treated her like a Princess. It was so obvious how much Ron loved Emmy & she him. Thank you Ron for taking such good care of her & making her so happy. I will always be grateful to you & will always love & remember you. Thank you for all of your help. I miss you already! 🐇 🌹