Gilbert “Gibby” Intrieri
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gilbert “Gibby” Intrieri, age 77.
Son of the late Louis & Elizabeth (Magaro) Intrieri, Gil was born on May 24, 1944 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended John Harris High School and graduated in 1962. He later went on to attend Harrisburg Area Community College where he earned an Associate’s Degree. He spent his professional career working in Information Technology for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in various agencies such as: the Liquor Control Board, the Department of Labor & Industry, and the State Workers Insurance Fund. He retired from the Commonwealth in 1997. After retirement he founded his own company, Intrieri Technology Strategies, Inc. (ITS, Inc.) where he continued to manage multiple information technology projects.
While Gil considered himself a business professional, his family would tell you that his true calling was that of a husband and father. He frequently organized family gatherings for any plausible excuse as well as get togethers around the holidays. Christmas was his favorite due to the long-standing traditions celebrated amongst the extended family. He devoted his free time to his children and played an active role in whatever extracurricular activities they were interested in: sports, music, dance, etc. He brought others into the family by fostering Guiliano and Pietro Sandri from Brazil as foreign exchange students and befriending Chris Lee, his one-time tenant from 40 years ago turned lifetime friend. It was important to Gil that his family “expand their horizons” and to always be learning about new places, people, and cultures. As a father he provided guidance, consult, and a loving and consistent presence. His children always knew they could count on their father if they ever found themselves in need.
Gil was quick witted and always “joking around.” He took great joy in making people laugh. He loved playing racquetball, golf, cards, and going out to breakfast (Romeo Club) with his close and lifelong friends, Charlie, Tony, Terry, Dick, Sandy, Ronnie, and Bob. More recently he spent his time going on the Riverboat for Jazz every Thursday night and socializing with his friends at wineries and restaurants.
Gil was a very passionate fan of Jazz music and a supporter of the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. In retirement, he worked closely with his jazz friends and the Harrisburg Boys Club to donate musical instruments and lessons to inner city children. He and his wife took up ballroom dancing, even though he felt he was already an “excellent dancer.” They made many new friends in the dance community and could be found at the dance club most Saturday nights dancing the night away. Gil also kept busy in local politics by supporting the candidates that he felt were looking out for the majority of the people.
Gil is preceded in death by his brother Lou and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Marie, his brother Joe, sister Nori, sister-in-law Carol, sister-in-law Patti, his sons Tony (wife Kelly), Nick (wife Nicole), Michael, daughter Anita, six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes, 225 Salt Road, Enola, from 6-8 PM on Monday, January 3. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral at 212 State Street, Harrisburg, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 4. The family kindly requests that masks be worn.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Harrisburg Boys Club, Shriners Hospital, or any other organization that benefits children. These were charities that were near and dear to Gil.
“When my old man grinned, nobody could help but grin too.” -- Ernest Hemingway, “My Old Man”
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Intrieri family.