Gilbert F. “Gil” Hazzard

October 22, 1923 - September 3, 2009

10/22/1923 - 09/03/2009

Past Services

Visitation
Tuesday September 08, 2009
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Cemetery
Wednesday September 09, 2009
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Thomas, WV
Directions
Service
Wednesday September 09, 2009
11:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church - Wheeling
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions
Visitation
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions

HAZZARD, Gilbert F. “Gil”, 85, of Wheeling, died Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling.

Gil was born October 22, 1923 in Wheeling, a son of the late John E. and Genevieve Neidert Hazzard.

He was the retired owner and operator of “Gilmar’s” on Edgington Lane and “Gilbert’s Club” on Lind Street, Wheeling, and was a lifetime member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local No. 83, with 55 years of service. In addition, he was a member of St. Michael Parish; the F.O.P.A., Lodge No. 38; the A.A.R.P.; the I.O.L.A. Club, where he was a former trustee; the Snake Club; a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Carroll Council No 504; lifetime member of the Island Senior Citizens and former member of the B.P.O.E., Lodge No. 28, Wheeling.

Gil was also a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in both World War II and the Korean War, and was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Ohio Valley Chapter No. 70.

In addition to his parents, Gil was preceded in death by two nieces, Carol Marie Ciripompa and Kathleen Hazzard Shaw.

He is survived by two sisters, Audrey Hazzard Ciripompa of Wheeling and Marion Hazzard Howley of Warwood; his brother, Vernon A. Hazzard of Orlando, Fla.; a nephew, James H. Howley, III Jean of Warwood; five nieces, Janet Ciripompa Grubler Rusty and A. Christine Ciripompa Rine Larry, all of Wheeling, Sherry Howley Guzman Larry of Parma, Ohio, Mary Elizabeth Hazzard Kotowski Raymond of Melbourne, Fla. and Robin Hazzard Freeman James of Casselberry, Fla.; seven great-nephews, four great-nieces, two great-great nieces, a great-great nephew and numerous cousins and close friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling. The Korean War Veterans Association, Ohio Valley Chapter No. 70 will conduct services at 6:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Rev. Daniel Pisano as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, with full military honors provided by the Moundsville Veteran’s Honor Guard.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Betsy & Ray Kotowski
7 years ago

God Bless the Hazzard family. I want to thank Audry and family for their hospitality during the trip to Wheeling. I was very happy to see Gil and play Dominos. God provided Dad and I that Blessed opportunity.

bert alberta rosenbergerkelly
7 years ago

I KNEW MR GILBERT AS I WAS GROWING UP, HE WAS A GREAT PERSON, ALWAYS FRIENDLY, HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. A FRIEND

Peachy Henke
7 years ago

My thoughts and prayers to Gilbert’s family. I have many memories of Gil’s bar on the corner of Lind and Cherry St, my father Jerry and Grandparents frequented his place quite often. We always got a treat from him at Halloween, could always run in for handful of penny candy. On many Friday nights we had his special fried fish on rye bread sandwhich for dinner….Gil was a kind generous man and will be missed. Thanks for some fond memories, Gil.

Sincerely

Peachy Henke

Chris Fisher`
7 years ago

Sept . 7, 2009

Dear Marion, Audrey, & Family

I know you might not remember me. My name is Christopher Fisher, and

I used to work for Gil at the Edgington Ln Store. I was deeply saddened today

to hear of his passing, and I wish I could be there in person to offer my condolences.

I always considered him my mentor,and later my friend because of the advice he

always freely gave me,whether I needed it or not. He unselfishly tried to help me

with the obstacles that we all encounter in life.

What started out as a very stubborn and strict relationship between Boss and

worker , slowly grew into respect and friendship that would last long afterwards,

even years after Employment. He even consoled me when Tom & George died

when I visited him at his apartment across from Wheeling Park. We kept up yearly

and although the X-mas /Birthday Cards eventually stopped in time, my admiration

for Gil never did.

I’m sure Gil felt a little awkward when we said our goodbyes back in the summer

of 1984, when I was offered a job in Cincinnati. That’s Ok, I did too, and I didn’t show

any emotion until after I walked away. But I knew I wasn’t losing him, but merely

leaving, along with his blessings for good luck. We vowed to keep in touch.

Gil also felt awkward for being recognized for good deeds. He always seemed to

keep that type of thing to himself. I’ll never know everything he did, but I can speak

to what he did for me. For a teenage kid , he trusted me so much that it scared me.

But I also trusted him,and I did not want to let him down.

When I bought my own Drive-Thru in 1998, and the second in2000, he was my

answer man and Counselor . He loved the idea and was overflowing with tips and

tactics to help me succeed. I jokingly offered him a job, which he politely declined.

He did however ponder the idea for a moment, and that was the wind beneath my

own wings , even if it was just briefly. Imagine him, working for me!!! He along with

my family were proud, and I really felt it.

So many things he did , I’ll try to remember a few………….

He stopped at my house in Cincinnati and took my wife ex-wife and I to

Florida for a week. I drove his Brand new Dodge conversion van the entire way,

while he navigated. When I worked for him, I had the keys to his Business, the

vehicles, the alarm codes, and deposit slips for his Bank.

When I wanted to buy Craig Knight’s 3 yr old Camaro Z-28, he advanced my

pay , and let me leave work long enough to go put that money down towards a

deposit. He just said “ Go get your car”.

I would routinely wash & wax the Red Buick Electra when he had a special

evening planned with Bina. At the same time I would look in on your Father at

the Diamond Ave. home to see if he needed anything. Gil’s heart broke when

she died , but he put up a good front. The same way with his Chihuahua.

I always told Gil I wanted that car when the time came to sell. It disappeared

and I never pressed the issue. Where is it, I’ll buy.

One time he rented a Houseboat, and took all his Employees and their guests

on an evening River/Dinner cruise. We all tried to pitch in for food & gas etc but

Gil wouldn’t hear of it. He wore a Skippers hat and was the life of the party. My

guess is he was trying to show his softer lighthearted side. But as for me , he didn’t

show me anything I didn’t already know.

He was very stern with business. But after work was when the joyful soft underbelly

was exposed. When I would see him afterhours in a Bar somewhere, you were never

allowed to buy him a drink. He would come up, give a hug, snap his fingers to the

barhelp, and walk away with that memorable laugh after he told you the latest joke.

Without a doubt I can truly say that I loved Gilbert F Hazzard. My family and I go

all the way back to the Bar on Lind St . I sincerely hope these few words will ease some

of your grief, as I know the last few years were anything but pleasant with Gil.

My memories of Gil will be many more than I can possibly write.

Please consider this my Personal Eulogy.

God Bless;

Best Regards;

Chris……

3315 Cherry Hill Drive

Fairfield, OH 45014

513-874-4327

Ron Schwanenberger
7 years ago

Sorry for the loss to the family. Hope that Gil will say hello to my parents Sue & Chick Schwanenberger who were regular visitors to his establishment on Lind Street. My prayers shall be with him.

God Bless

Ron Schwanenberger

Patty Ciripompa
7 years ago

To Aunt Audrey, Marian, and all your family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of Gil are fond ones ~ running into him on Lind St., popping into the bar to say ‘hi’, seeing him at all the family gatherings…Gil was a good man, and I know that he was loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Love, Patty

John and Lee Foster
7 years ago

We are so sorry to hear of Gilbert’s passing. We will miss his wonderful spirit and great stories.