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Peter Gibbons-Neff age 67, on January 20, 2013, of Rosemont. Son of the late Florence Mitchell Chance and Morton Gibbons-Neff, Jr. Beloved husband of Deborah Shafer Gibbons-Neff of 30 years. Father of Stephanie "Stevie" (Andrew) Boulden of Radnor, PA, Polly (John) Ortlieb of Annapolis, MD, Lyndsey Ann of Newport, RI, and 2nd LT Peter, JR, USMC of Carlsbad, CA. Brother of Morton, III "Tony" (Donna), Mitchell Chance (deceased), and Henry Gibbons-Neff. Loving grandfather of four children and cherished uncle of six nieces and nephews. Born in Bryn Mawr, his early years were spent in Devon at Clovelly Farm. He attended The Haverford School and graduated from The Gilman School in Baltimore. He was a 1968 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he entered the USNavy as a LTJG and served at sea for two years. After a position at General Electric, Peter began his career as a stock broker in 1973. Serving many individual and institutional clients over the next 40 years, he was associated with investment firms including WhiteWeld, Wertheim, DLJ and most recently, RBC. Joan Bertino Juliano, his dedicated, capable administrative partner, worked with him throughout his entire career. Peter was Treasurer of the Whitehall Foundation, former Trustee of Sea Education Association, past Port Warden of the Independence Seaport Museum, Past President of the Radnor Educational Foundation, Past President of The Corinthian Historical Foundation, and former member of the Radnor Township Civil Service Commission. He was a member of The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, the Cruising Club of America, the Mill Dam Club, and St. David's Golf Club. A Gibbons-Neff family tradition, sailing was Peter's life-long passion. His love of sailing developed in Little Egg Harbor, NJ as well as on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He raced in the biannual Newport-to-Bermuda Race 12 times, the Annapolis-to-Newport Race 10 times, and raced trans-Atlantic from Bermuda to Copenhagen. Additionally, he cruised waters stretching from the Caribbean, to the Chesapeake, to Newfoundland. He was a Commodore of The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia and a Rear Commodore of the Cruising Club of America, Chesapeake Station. Peter conveyed a love of sailing to his entire family and to many young people including, most recently, the members of the Villanova University sailing team. He will be remembered most of all for his love of family, friends, country, and of course, sailing. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 S. Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corinthian Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Essington, PA 19029 or to Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Published in Main Line Media News on Jan. 23, 2013
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