Jerome Geckle
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GECKLE , Jerome On October 22, 2010, Jerome W. Geckle , of Chase Waverly Farm in Maryland Line; beloved husband of the late Mary M. Geckle; devoted father of Timothy J. Geckle and his wife Bernadette, Teresa A. Geckle and her husband Filippo Polcaro, Stephen L. Geckle and his wife Joan, Karen G. Moritz and her husband Stephen; loving grandfather of Mollie, Peter, Emily, Katarina, Alex, Brigitta, Caroline, Matthew, Jackie, Maddie, Noelle; and one expected great-grandson. Jerome, a US Marine Veteran, served for four years during the Korean War. Jerome also worked for 35 years at PHH Group and retired as CEO.
Family and friends will honor Jerome's life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Monkton, 16924 York Rd.(York & Monkton Rds. - Hereford), on Tuesday 3-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday 10 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 18310 Middletown Rd., Parkton, MD 21120. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jerome's name may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Oct. 24, 2010.
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September 28, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Geckle's passing. I worked at PHH for 20 years and during his tenure as President it was a great place to work. I still remember him coming around each Christmas to see everyone. It was always fun. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Karen Bremmer
October 29, 2010
I remember Jerry for his warmth, generous personality and sense of humor, he was never afraid to poke fun at himself. A great business leader who led PHH through some of its most dynamic growth. As a former PHH sales exec. for 13yrs, I will always cherish his leadership and how his vision for the company and its employees made us all want to work hard and consistently deliver record results. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
David Stoddard
October 29, 2010
Jerry was a well respected leader at PHH. He was a people person and made everyone in the company feel their importance. People still talk about his in-person santa holiday wishes to all employee's. It makes me smile every year. My thoughts are with the family. Deb Watkins
October 27, 2010
I just heard of Jerry's passing this evening. My first memory of him was about two weeks after I had been hired in HR at PH&H. He popped open my office door and entered with a flourish during an interview with a job candidate. I was quite startled by this merry old elf, in a full native american feather bonnet trailing to the floor, announcing "Merry Christmas" to everyone in earshot. He gave hugs all around and then went on his merry way. If I recall the bonnet was a Christmas gift.

That was the first, but not the last wonderful memory. He was a sharp business man, but always first and foremost a gentleman and probably one of the most decent human beings I've ever met. I have seen him over the years in unexpected places and somehow he always managed to remember my name and approach with a warm hello. An amazing man.
Gail Gill Turek
October 27, 2010
When I was the development director at Notre Dame Preparatory School, Jerry was the office's favorite volunteer and donor. He always greeted us with big bear hugs and he took all my calls....cheerfully and graciously. Both he and Mary were very generous to the school and it was because of them that the art program entered the digital age....with the first computer lab for art students. Jerry stands out in my memory as the embodiment of everything good in a business and philanthropic leader. It was a privilege to know him -- and to learn from him. He will be sorely missed by many. My sincere condolences are sent to the entire Geckle family.
Tracey Ford
October 26, 2010
When I was a young professor just beginning my career at Mount St. Mary's College, and then for many years as the only woman department chair, Jerry provided support and encouragement. I was and will always be most appreciative. My sincere condolences to Karyn and the Geckle Family.
Judy Ramoy Johnstone
October 26, 2010
Please accept my sincere condolences. I knew Jerry as an outstanding leader in the business community and as a rabid Loyola Blakefield fan. Every Thanksgiving morning, I wait to hear his cheering for Loyola. If he was in the stadium, he could be heard. His spark will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Bob Cannon
Baltimore and Bethany Beach
October 26, 2010
Jerry was our friend and neighbor for not enough time. We learned so much from he and Mary and although our relationship was short, begining with his retirement until now, he was a great inspiration to us all. The mold is forever gone from this world but the spirit surely resides with our Lord. Hope to see you again dearest friend. Fond memories until then. God Bless all the Geckle family.
Fred & Loretta Lehman
October 26, 2010
My heart is saddened, as this world has lost a wonderful, kind and giving man. It just won't be the same anymore. PHH changed when Jerry left and I know that the world will now change too.
Patricia Parrow
October 26, 2010
The PHH Corporation of today still bears some of the great contributions of Jerry. That's particularly so in the Fleet business, where I've seen some photos of him and heard his name regularly associated with technology, innovation, strong client relations, growth strategies, and respect for the workforce. I'm grateful for the strong foundation that Jerry built and humbled to stand with him in the line of those who've held the title of PHH Corporation CEO.

Jerry Selitto
October 25, 2010
I was saddened when I heard of Jerry's passing this evening, when my daughter called from Baltimore. I was so fortunate to have been hired by Jerry when PHH was at 2521 N. Charles Street and the 'IBM' Dept. was in the Federal Land Bank on 27th and St.Paul. When the original group of guys were running the IBM card machines for Jerry, they would have jumped off of the edge of the roof for him. He was that great a boss and leader. My heart-felt sympathy to the family and especially, to Mary. God Bless.
Carl Lotterer
October 25, 2010
What a wonderful good kind man he was! He made it a point to come around at Christmas and tell everyone Happy Holidays! It was a pleasure knowing him. My prayers are with him and your family!
Barbara Jackson
October 25, 2010
Jerry hired me in 1982, and I was his PR person until he retired.

He was the embodiment of a just and honorable man, and it was my pleasure to have worked for him.
Peter Brinch
October 25, 2010
My heart goes out to the Geckle children, your father was a man among men. My first memories are of him in the computer side of PHH, them he made his way upward and it was a blessing for all of us who worked there, he believed in his work family and none of us would have wanted to disappoint him. He was greatly missed when he retired. God bless you all in this sad time.
Pat Thompson
October 25, 2010
To the Geckle Family: I will always remember your dad from PHH. He was a very friendly and well respected man. I will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. - Martha Ewing, New Freedom, PA
October 25, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linda Copeland
October 25, 2010
To the Geckle family - Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I admired your father as his work ethic and morals were beyond description. He was my mentor during my career at PHH.
Sincerely, Betty Branum Drake
October 25, 2010
Dear Geckle Family-

We will all miss Jerry so much! He truly made PHH a "FAMILY" place to work. I will always remember him coming around with his Santa hat on at Christmas time. I am sure God will welcome you into his home. You will be missed. Keep them on their toes up there Jerry!

Respectfully yours,
Vickie Reeves
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