Gilbert Jonathan Hoban
Gil Hoban died peacefully on Wednesday. A resident of Moosic, he was the beloved husband of Rita Fendrych, his soul mate of 23 years.

His goal in life was to make people laugh, support and encourage his friends and befriend strangers. He was adored by his three nieces and seven nephews, who were lavished with his generosity and support. He will be remembered by countless friends and associates for his great humor, giving heart, million-dollar smile and gift of spreading joy through his storytelling. He will be long remembered for his annual Nationwide Golf Tournament extravaganza at his home. Gil graduated from Lapeer High School in Michigan and received his BA from the University of South Florida in business and management. He spent most of his professional career in broadcasting in Detroit, Cleveland and New York City. He moved to Scranton in 1987, to join WOLF TV as general manager. Gil retired from broadcasting in 1999 and established Hoban Development, a real estate ownership and property management firm. Gil was active in many local Scranton charities, enjoyed mentoring children and encouraging young professionals to achieve their career goals. His interests were diversified, including local politics. He was a beloved member of Glenmaura National Golf Club and won the Chairman's Cup Invitational in 2008. As a native of Detroit, he loved to recount his favorite Motor City days of Lafayette's Coney Islands, Vernor's Ginger Ale and Long Neck Stroh's. He supported the Detroit sports teams, even in losing seasons and took great joy in reunions with Michigan family and friends. Gil enjoyed traveling with Rita, the love of his life. She loved and cared for him from the day they met and never wavered, even during his final illness.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Norma Hoban, Grace Gilchrist, Howard Hoban, Rosie Gilchrist, Les Hoban and Mike Hoban, Metamora, Mich.; Patricia Hoban-Moore, Virginia; Cathie Hoban, Dallas, Texas; and his brother-in-law, Fred and wife, Lori. He was worshipped by Spike the Wonder Dog.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Gil's life will be held at Divine Mercy Parish at 312 Davis St., Minooka, on Saturday, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Gil's name to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1720, Detroit, MI 48243. Arrangements entrusted to the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Visit www.solfanellifiorillofuneral home.com for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published by Scranton Times on Nov. 12, 2010.
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Rita,
Ken and I were sorry to hear of Gil's passing. God be with you and your family.
Linda and Ken Powell
Ken & Linda Powell
November 18, 2010
Rita,
am so sorry for your loss. just heard. Gil gave me the opportunity to begin a career in televisiosn sales, and I will always be in debt to him. you and he are in my prayers.
Steve Genett
November 17, 2010
Rita,I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Gil was a great friend. He left us with a lot of tremendous memories that I will treasure forever.
John Crenna
John Crenna
November 16, 2010
Rita - so sorry for your loss. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to call Gil my friend. We shared many laughs at Glenmaura and he will be sadly missed.
Jonathan Comitz
November 16, 2010
Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. Gil was a great man who will be missed.

Fran Gennarelli
November 16, 2010
Rita...I couldn't believe it when I heard of the loss of Gil. I didn't know him long, but I doubt I will ever forget him. I am very sorry and wish you comfort in this time of loss.
Sincerely,

Michael J. Lokuta, RN
November 15, 2010
Rita,

So sorry for your loss. Gil was a great friend and a true menotor to me. I feel so lucky to have worked for both of you.

What a truly beautiful service it was on Saturday. Gil had certainly "packed my chute" on more than one occasion.

God Bless!

Love,

Doug
Doug Pfaff
November 15, 2010
Rita,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I just heard the news today. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Paula Polachek
November 15, 2010
Gil was a Icon. A Man's Man, Someone Everyone looked to and could always make you laugh. I knew him from growing up with his younger brothers and from a visit in New York. Someone said you could always be yourself around Gil, That is just one reason he was special. If you were with Gil you felt good and everthing was ok. My love and prayers to Rita and the Hoban Family.
Michael Cunningham
November 14, 2010
A new star shines bright in the heavens over us all......that star carries the memories of Gil. I have never met a man so compelled to help others in their time of need as he. Gil will never be forgotten.
j Nichols
November 14, 2010
Rita,
May the Lord comfort you in your time of need. Gil's love for happiness for all those around him was second to none. Above all else, he would tell me how lucky he was for his life with you.
I was fortunate to know him. He was a wonderful mentor, friend and gentleman. He always sincere with his words. He made a big difference in many lives.
May memories of his warm smile in some small way help you.

Marty
November 13, 2010
Rita,
I was very sad to hear about Gil's passing. I got to know Gil through Glenmaura National Golf Club. Gil was always friendly and went out of his way to make you feel welcome. He had a great sense of humor and was a genuine guy. Gil was a good man and will be greatly missed. God bless."
Robert Tamburro
November 12, 2010
Rita,
I'm so sorry to hear about Gil. He was one of those special people who could really light up a room. Gil always had a great story!
One of my favorite memories is from a visit he made to Maine one winter. On the drive north he purchased a new pair of skis and was anxious to hit the slopes as soon as he arrived. We left work early and headed to a ski area that featured night skiing. Gil's timing was perfect since we had received over a foot of new powder the night before. Unfortunately, the ski area assumed everyone would want to enjoy the rare luxury of skiing in unpacked powder so they hadn't done any grooming. That didn't slow Gil down! We found a lift, road to the top, then spent the next two hours getting down the first run. I lost track of the number of falls and cigarette breaks Gil made but we eventually arrived at the bottom, at which point Gil flashed his million-dollar smile, took off his skis and said, "Have fun...I'll see you in the bar."
No matter what the situation, Gil always had a smile, a good word and twinkle in his eye. I'll miss him.
Doug Finck
November 12, 2010
Rita,
Mike and I are overwhelmed with sadness at Gil's passing. He was so supportive of us at a time when it was a game changer in our lives. My most precious memory was after Christmas about ten years ago when we had a tree far to large to figure out how to remove. Gil showed at our door with a chain saw in hand and cut the tree down to get it out the door. I will cherish always his heart, especially how he made everyone know it was first and foremost for you. Trish and Mike
Trish Corbett
November 12, 2010
Rita, What I will always remember about Gil was his unique ability to make everyone around him feel better about themselves. He will be truly missed.
Tom Ansilio
November 12, 2010
Rita,Gil was a real gentleman. Always had a friendly smile and handshake.
Go Bless.

James J. Timlin
November 12, 2010
Rita, I met Gil approximately 10 years ago through Leonard and Pat Verrastro. I value friendship very much and do not use that term lightly. He always made me smile and for this I am very greatful to him.

Gil was a friend of mine and I will miss him.

Marty Pane
November 12, 2010
Rita,
Gil was a true gentleman and friend. He will be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to you.
Ryan Martens
Ryan Martens
November 12, 2010
Rita, so sorry to hear about Gil. He was one of kind. As a newbie to radio here in Albany back in 91, he was the GM for only a short time, (I'm still here) but I fondly remember a couple of our meetings together, the stories he told, and the celebrations we had. May you find comfort in the fact that he touched so many.
Alan Green
November 12, 2010
As a former Pegasus Broadcast employee, I am sorry for your loss. Gil was great man and leader. My thoughts are with you in your time of need.
Andre Boyd
November 12, 2010
Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers.
Ray and Cathy Gillette
November 12, 2010
Rita, the entire WOLF Pack is saddened by the loss of Gil. He was the reason many of us are still here working in an industry that he loved so much. He will be missed.
Michael Yanuzzi
November 12, 2010
Rita, so sorry for your loss he was a great man, I will never forget him.We loved him at the club. Dave Burnside Scranton, PA
November 12, 2010
Rita, We are so sorry for your loss. Gil was a great friend. Abby and I will alway remember the time we spent together.
In our prayers, Joe and Abby Reed
November 12, 2010
Rita, We are so sorry for your loss. Gil was a true friend to all. He will be in our prayers. Tony & Margie Piazza (Highland Beach Fla.)
November 12, 2010
Rita... So sorry for your loss. Gil was a great man. We will always remember his kindness, fun nature and loving heart. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathies.
Lucy Sassi and Michael Kohanski
November 12, 2010
I loved Gil Hoban from the minute I met him. Rita, Judy and I mourn with you.
Jim & Judy Millis
November 12, 2010
Dear Rita: Gil was a true friend. Always available for advise and support. A truly giving man. So much fun to be around. Our deepest heartfelt condolences. Mercedes and John Burkavage.
John Burkavage
November 12, 2010
Rita,

Sorry to hear of Gil's passing. I will remember him in my prayers.

Rose B
@L.T. Verrastro, Inc
November 12, 2010
Dear Rita and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we will remember Gil as a kind and gentile person. Please accept our sincere sympathies.
Jerry & Sis Sherman
November 12, 2010
My memories of Gil are filled with warmth and laughter. He was truly one of a kind. I am sorry for your loss.
November 12, 2010
Rita,
My heart goes out to you during your sudden and overwhelming loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynne Mineo
November 12, 2010
Barry & Paula Brown
November 12, 2010
As the mother of one of those young people Gil extended his hand and heart to, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Rita and family. He will truly be missed.
November 12, 2010