Eugene Ghari

Eugene A. Ghari

Tuesday, May 24th, 1927 - Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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Gene Ghari passed away on June 15, 2019 from a stroke. And in typical Gene fashion, he had attended parties, luncheons and played golf until the day before he died.

Gene was born in Elmhurst, New York, served in the Navy during WWII, and went to Hofstra University on the
GI bill. He started his career in advertising at McCann Erickson when it was truly full of “Mad Men” antics. There, he met his beautiful wife, Diane. They were married in 1956, and several years later, he became the International Advertising Manager for Mobil Oil. When he retired at age 62, he had been to every continent except Antarctica, escaped revolutions, made friends in every country he frequented, and courteously ate every local delicacy from lamb’s eyeballs to dancing shrimp.

When Gene wasn’t traveling the globe, he was Mr. Fix-it for friends and neighbors, who paid him in scotch and tennis balls. After retirement, he took up golf and charged a small fee for his handyman services. He soon became popular at both the Scarsdale Golf Club and among homeowners in Westchester County who clamored for his handyman skills. He was thrilled when at 89, he shot his age at a golf tournament. He was a long-standing member of the Scarsdale Golf Club and played with the Westchester Eastern Seniors. He played 18 holes of golf whenever he could, up until 2019, when he decided to scale back to 9 holes.

Gene had a zest for life and believed in always staying active. He adored Diane, his wife of 63 years, and enjoyed playing golf with his son, Chris Ghari, of Bronxville. He also loved visiting with his daughter, Jill Ghari Vellinger, of Pleasanton, California, his son-in-law, Rob, and his two granddaughters, Kristen and Jamie Vellinger.

In all respects, his was a life well lived, and so he will be well missed.
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    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Hitchcock Presbyterian Church
    6 Greenacres Ave
    SCARSDALE, NY 10583
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    The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you make a donation to the charity of your choice in his honor.


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Posted at 05:17pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one. Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you the hope and strength to keep going until all of God’s promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 45:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.)


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Maureen and Manfred Jaeckel

Posted at 03:49pm
If Tomorrow Starts Without Me…

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.
God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”
Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.
Author: David Romano
Our condolences to Diane and children, gene will surely be missed and remembered!
Maureen and Manfred Jaeckel

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