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CHARLES F. "CHARLIE" JERABEK


1945 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
CHARLES F. "CHARLIE" JERABEK Obituary
Jerabek, Charles F. "Charlie" 68, of Naples, FL, and Beverly, MA, died Monday, May 19th, 2014 after a courageous fight against Ocular Melanoma. Charlie was born on July 18th, 1945, in Queens, NY, to the late Charles and Julia (Bartow) Jerabek and was lovingly raised by his father and his stepmother, Eileen Hamlin Jerabek. He graduated from West Islip (NY) High School in 1963, from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967, and earned an MBA from Boston University in 1980. Charlie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sydney Parvin Jerabek, his son Rodney and daughter-in-law Crystal, his daughter Molly Frey and son-in-law Jon, and his three grandchildren: Max and Grayson Frey and Charley Jerabek. He is further survived by sisters and a brother, as well as many loving relatives and friends. Charlie retired in 2009 after a distinguished career with OSRAM SYLVANIA. He was appointed president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA and became a member of the board in 2001. He was the executive vice president and general manager of global Automotive Lighting for OSRAM SYLVANIA since 1997 and head of Global Lighting since 1991. He began his career with GTE in 1973 after six years with Union Carbide Corporation. After his retirement, Charlie remained active with a number of business and industry entities. In his last year as Vice Chairman at Osram, he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and remained a member after his retirement. He was a Trustee of Endicott College, and an honorary member of The Electrical Manufacturers Club. Charlie was also very active in taking his business skills and applying them to other interests. He was a partner in The Landing Restaurant (Manchester By The Sea, MA), an advisor to Five Pawns Inc., and served on numerous boards including Smartlabs Inc., Enlighted Inc., Luminous Devices Inc, Lucidity Lighting, and LumenZ Inc. The businesses, many of them emerging technology start ups, reached out to Charlie for advice and insight. His counsel and leadership was respected and revered. Beyond his many professional and personal accomplishments, Charlie will be remembered for his strong and deep relationships with family and friends. Alongside Sydney, his childhood sweetheart, he enjoyed traveling the world and pursuing new adventures. His passion for golf allowed for many fun-filled rounds with his son, his career peers and countless golf buddies. His love for collecting wine was enjoyed by his friends and family over the years. He loved nothing more than sitting oceanside at the fire pit with a glass of red wine, and toasting with the people he loved. He would want you to raise a glass in remembrance of him. Cheers to a loving husband, father and friend… All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, May 27, from 5-8 p.m. at Endicott College, Misselwood Center, 407 Hale Street, Beverly, Mass., 01915. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: Jefferson Foundation Uveal Melanoma Research Fund, Attn: Paul Gunther, Kimmel Cancer Center, 125 South 9th Street, 7th Floor, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to Endicott College, Office of Institutional Advancement 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915. For information, directions, condolences: www.campbellfuneral.com Campbell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street Beverly, MA www.campbellfuneral.com
Published in The Boston Globe on May 23, 2014
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