Richard Frank Gentile

August 25, 1947 - January 11, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 70 Loving Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and friend

Richard Frank Gentile, age 70, of Kennett Square, PA, died Thursday January 11, 2018 at Neighborhood Hospice surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Sheila Connolly Gentile, who died very recently on January 5, 2018, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Frank and the late Carmela Ann (Arecchi) Gentile.  Mr. Gentile served our country for 44 years, including service during the Vietnam War and Haiti. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Command Sergeant Major in 2010.  He was a graduate of Fordham University.

Richard had a long career in sales and marketing, working with several companies including DuPont in Wilmington, DE, VWR in West Chester, PA, and Thermo-Orion in Beverly, MA.

Rich enjoyed fishing and golfing, along with spending time with his military friends and his grandchildren. He was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Wawa coffee.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Gentile and his wife Susan of Oxford, PA, and Brian Gentile and his wife Sue of Glenmoore, PA; one daughter, Ellen Riegel and her husband Mike of Claymont, DE; two brothers, John Gentile and his wife Gail of Brooklyn, NY and Robert Gentile and his wife Robin of Naples, FL; seven grandchildren, Connor, Cameron, Kayla, Braden, Morgan, Michael and Max, and one great-granddaughter, Ava.

You are invited to visit with Richard and Sheila’s family and friends from 6-8PM Monday January 15, 2018 and 10-11AM Tuesday January 16 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Richard and Sheila’s life celebration funeral service will follow at 11AM.  Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd Wilton, NH 03086. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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January 15, 2018 6-8PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


January 16, 2018 10-11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Service

January 16, 2018 11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. I was blessed to serve with CSM Gentile in the U.S. Army Reserves. His devotion to his soldiers was as if he were their guiding angel. It was always them first and everything was about taking care of their welfare. Having been an enlisted airman in the USAF I held him in great esteem. It was as if he was there to also protect me as well as his younger soldiers. When I found out about his medical problems I told him that I would add him to my daily prayers for God to protect him. I guess God needed him elsewhere. Please be sure to continue to honor him by visiting his final resting place in Arlington. God willing, I will go to see him. I can not imagine how the family feels about his loss. And when I finally read in detail, the loss of his Wife? There is pain that can be endured, but this is not one.

    (LTC)(R) Charles T. DeTulleo | January 15, 2018 at 4:48 PM
  2. To the Gentile family, we are so sorry for your losses. Despite Rich’s illness, he was a fighter through it all, and never lost his sense of compassion, humor, or his willingness to help others with words of encouragement. I will hold the many memories of Rich dearly, and will truly miss him.

    Wayne and Linda Steltz and family | January 15, 2018 at 9:38 AM
  3. My condolences to the Gentile family and all of Rich’s comrades in Company C, 1st Bn., 11th SFGA. CW4 (Ret) Pete McDermott, HHC, 11th SFGA.

    Peter J McDermott | January 14, 2018 at 11:27 PM
  4. To cousin Richard and Sheila’s entire family our deep sympathy. We are saddened to hear of their passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find strength together in your memories. Thinking of you with love, Marlene, Rob, Christina, Alexa and Robby and Marissa Arecchi

    Marlene and Robert Arecchi | January 14, 2018 at 8:27 PM
  5. It was an honor to know you.
    Ed Preisendanz

    Edward Preisendanz | January 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM
  6. Bob and Robin….. so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you both. Marvetta and Vivian

    Vivian Dahir | January 12, 2018 at 3:12 PM
  7. Bob and Robin, are deepest sympathy, may he rest in paradise!!🙏

    Christina Martin | January 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM
  8. Dear Brian, My heart goes out to you and your family. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss times 2!!! Thoughts and prayers go with you!
    Love ,
    Rosemary Schaedler

    Rosemary Schaedler | January 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM
  9. To the Gentile family: I do not know you, but want to send my condolences to you. It’s bad enough losing one parent, but to lose two in the same week is just so devastating. All I can do is pray for comfort and healing and pray God gives you strength to live with the fond memories that your wonderful parents left behind. Sending hugs and prayers! Linda Hughes

    Linda Hughes | January 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM
  10. Brian,
    My deepest sympathy for you and your family on your loss. Will keep you in my thoughts!
    Antoinette Sr.

    Antoinette Alitto | January 12, 2018 at 9:10 AM
  11. He was a friendly, kind, and s wonderful grandfather. I am very sorry for your loss

    Marie Malchione | January 12, 2018 at 6:59 AM
  12. Farewell Rich, see you on the other side.

    Rocco Denote | January 12, 2018 at 6:21 AM

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