Mr. Derek C. Gentile

  • BORN: May 27, 1955
  • DIED: November 13, 2017
  • LOCATION: Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Derek C. Gentile, 62, of Great Barrington, died unexpectedly early Monday morning, November 13, 2017, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
He was born in North Adams on May 28, 1955, son of the late Joseph F. and Margaret A. (Palmer) Gentile. He attended Adams schools, graduating from Hoosac Valley High School with the Class of 1973. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Boston, in 1980.
Derek spent over 30 years as a reporter and columnist at the Berkshire Eagle, covering several communities and news departments.
He enjoyed reading, collecting comic books, playing soccer in his youth, and was an encyclopedic music and sports aficionado.
He is survived by his four sisters, Marybeth Chapman and her husband, Edward, of Arlington, TX; Melanie Gelaznik of Adams; Hilary Gentile of Manchester, CT; and Karla Ball and her husband, Douglass, of Bennington, VT;
3 nephews, including Kane Gelaznik, Kyle Gelaznik and Nicholas Chapman; as well as several cousins.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrating Derek's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at 10:00 AM in Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, McKinley Square (Rte. 8) Adams. Rev. Steven Montesanti, Pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Calling hours at the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to The Guthrie Foundation, 2 Van Deusenville Rd. Great Barrington, MA 01230.
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