A man of medical science and the literary arts, Patrick S. Gentile, M.D., age 67, died at his residence in Wilmington, Ohio, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife Laura Curliss and son Michael Gentile and brother Eddie Gentile of Brooklyn, New York.
Born October 29, 1946, in Brooklyn to Mildred Gentile and Mariano Gentile, Pat grew up in Canarsie, NY, with his mother, brother, his uncle, Salvatore Mendola, and grandfather. Pat loved learning from a young age and called his public grade school “the best school he attended.” He and his brother enjoyed music, film, theater, and books. In his teens, Pat frequented the coffee houses of New York, including having the opportunity to listen to Bob Dylan play live.
Pat graduated from Fordham University, B.S. and received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He chose an academic life and completed his medical training at Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, a Hematology Fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (NY), an Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and a Research Fellowship in Hematopoiesis, also at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Upon completion of his fellowships, he accepted an academic position as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (1982-1990) and later in his career entered private practice in hematology-oncology. He moved to southwest Ohio with his family in 2002 and worked for Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington and in 2004 became the Medical Director and CEO of Community Care Hospice, Wilmington, Ohio. Community Care Hospice began in Clinton County, Ohio and provides services to patients and families in a five county area.
Pat was a reader and patron of local libraries and bookstores. He counted among his friends many writers and poets in Wilmington and Yellow Springs, all of whom he appreciated for sharing their creative efforts and conversation with him. Pat dedicated a few hours every day to reading and writing. He was a free thinker and his politics always embraced the suffering in this world. He found joy and solace in walking, with family and with the family dog, Neo. He met his future wife in Indianapolis and they enjoyed outings with the hiking club there. Laura and Pat were married at St. Columbkille Church, Wilmington, Ohio, in July 1990. He also enjoyed spending time with his son hiking in Glen Helen and walking his favorite trail in Wilmington, the Luther Warren Peace Path.
He was a man of the arts, of healing and comforting for the sick, of spiritual seeking and of peace. His compassion seemed boundless. He was a loving father, husband, and brother, and he will be very much missed by his family and friends.
He is also survived by his in-laws Joann and Marvin Chamberlin of Westboro; David (Erin) Curliss & family of Beavercreek; Deron (Jennifer) Curliss & family of Madison, WI; Jeanette Wientjes of Wilmington; friend Barry (Jody) Katzman, M.D. of El Cajon, CA; friend Richard (Catherine) Cattabiani of Kingston, NY; friend Felix Pena, Brooklyn, NY, friend Hal Broxmeyer, M.D. of Indianapolis; friends Joe O’Neil M.D. and Carolyn O’Neil of Indianapolis; friend Pat Bricking of Louisville; friend Patti Settlemyre, R.N. and all the staff of Community Care Hospice; half-sister Roseann Pfening and family of East Islip, NY; aunts Christine Gentile and Nimfa Buscemi of West Palm Beach, FL, and Lillian Gentile of Long Island, NY and their families.
Friends may call from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. A memorial service for Dr. Gentile will be held 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 66 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, Ohio followed by lunch. Visitation with the family will also be held at the Meeting House on Saturday from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.
Contributions would be preferred in lieu of flowers to Community Care Hospice, 200 R. Gordon Dr., Wilmington, Ohio 45177. The family thanks everyone who have sent their condolences.