David Gherlone

GHERLONE, DAVID J. David J. Gherlone, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 16, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in Milford, CT. The husband of the late Peggy (Mary Margaret) Gherlone, he is survived by his children David J. Gherlone, Jr. and his wife Maryanne, Karen Gherlone Kasperzyk and her husband John, and Kevin M. Gherlone and his wife Kimberly. He is also survived by his two granddaughters and two great grandsons: Jennine Gherlone Rudowsky, her husband Stephen, and their sons, Jacob and Troy; and Kristin Gherlone Dzialo and her husband John. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a great grandnephew and great grandniece. He was predeceased by his brother Louis Gherlone. Mr. Gherlone was born on January 11, 1927 in New Haven, the son of the late Marcello and Rose Alchiatti Gherlone. He was a WWII Veteran serving as a Field Sergeant who played an integral part in establishing Fort Dix’s training facility in New Jersey. He was also assigned to the special government project P.O. Box 1142 at Fort Hunt, VA where the United States housed and interviewed German nuclear and submarine scientists to assist the United States in building their nuclear arsenal. Prior to being drafted into the war, he graduated from Parks University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He met and married Peggy in St. Louis before returning to West Haven, CT to work in his family’s restaurant, The Oneco, located in New Haven. Once the restaurant closed, he had a long career in sales. He ended his career as a Regional Sales Manager with Buckhorn Industries, the company that pioneered plastic shipping containers and the recycle bin. After starting his family, he lived in New Haven, belonging to St. Aedan’s parish. He was a member of the Eucharistic League, was a Boy Scout leader, and coached his sons’ Little League team sponsored by Lee Beachwear. He was a constant chaperone for the St. Aedan’s Emerald Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps to which his daughter and youngest son belonged. He loved performing on stage as a singer and participated in several minstrel shows held by St. Aedan’s as fund raisers. In later years, he and his wife became parishioners of the Assumption Church. He was an avid sports fan and golfer, and after retirement belonged to the Yale University Golf Course and more recently Home Acres Golf Course. Over the past few years, he volunteered at the Beth El Center Soup Kitchen in Milford where he met and worked alongside several dedicated and special people. His funeral will leave the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC., Thursday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Assumption, Mother Church, Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge at 10. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Wednesday (TODAY) from 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beth El Center, 90 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. Sign David’s guest book online at www.iovanne.com.

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Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 19, 2014