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Louis A. Gaeta, Jr

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Louis A. Gaeta, Jr

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 5:51PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Gaeta, Trezza
LOU GAETA, Jr. Lou Gaeta, age 59, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home in the company of his loving family, on Monday, September 8, 2008. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on August 29, 1949, son of the late Louis A. Gaeta, and Marianna Gaeta. After attending the State University of New York in 1969, Lou moved to Palm Beach County and spent the last 40 years primarily in commercial and residential real estate development and brokerage as well as banking. As Chairman of Gaeta Development Co. since 1981, Lou developed over 130 buildings in South Florida, including industrial, office and retail parks and several residential subdivisions. He was also Chairman and CEO of First National Bank of Lake Park from 1984-1996. Serving on numerous industry boards, Lou was very active in supporting local charity programs, civic organizations and foundations here in Palm Beach County. Lou credits Barbara, his wife of 40 years, with his successes in life. His passions were his family, golf, hunting, fishing, skiing and spending time at their farm in Oneonta, NY, where he recently helped develop the area junior golf program at Stamford Golf Club. With son, Neil, he started the Louis A. Gaeta III Scholarship Fund in 1991 to provide scholarships for area high school and college students. Lou is survived by his wife, Barbara; brother, Bill; sister, Arline Trezza; his son, Neil; daughter-in-law, Kristen and three grandchildren: Bella, Louie, and Liam. Lou joins his son, Louis 'Louie' A. Gaeta III, in eternal peace after his passing in 1991. The family will receive friends for a Vigil Service from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, September 11, at Howard Price Funeral Home, 754 U.S. Highway One, North Palm Beach, with a prayer service to take place at 4 p.m. The Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 10970 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach on Friday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m., with Father Art Venezia as Celebrant. Those planning an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider contributions to the Louis A. Gaeta III Scholarship Fund (5220 Hood Road, Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens, 33418).

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