GESICKI, Paul Edward, age 79, formerly of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, passed away on November 19, 2021 following a short battle with cancer. He was a 1959 graduate of Butler High School and received his BS in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1963, becoming the first member of his family to achieve this higher level of education. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in NYC upon graduation, earned his CPA and rapidly advanced through the partner career path. Over the years, Paul’s career opportunities took him and his family from New Jersey, to Virginia, Florida and Hawaii before settling in the Phoenix area in 1976 where he began his own contracting business for highway signs, guardrail and safety devices.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to everyone, Paul enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams, volunteering through the PTA and spending years attending every imaginable sport’s match, dance competition and music recital possible. He was a proud and supportive father and an even more energized grandfather!
Beyond family, Paul’s commitment to his faith led him towards active volunteerism and community involvement. He served for a period as the acting community director for The Society of St. Vincent De Paul charities of Phoenix, AZ, volunteered with Americare Hospice, Samaritan Behavioral Health Center and was a catechist at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Preceded in death by his parents Edward and Grace Gesicki; his in-laws George and Agnes Taylor and his brother, Robert Gesicki. Paul is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 59 years, Barbara Gesicki; his three sons Greg Gesicki (Terese), Jeff Gesicki (Laura), Scott Gesicki (Monica); his daughter Laura Gesicki-Wood (Oscar) and grandchildren Angela, David, Christa Cornay (Will), Erin Vicente (Jordan); Maria, Jonathan, Meghan, Daniel, Preston and Reagan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 20, 2021 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85044 followed by a private burial at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, December 19, 2021 at Messinger Mortuary; 7601 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; 480.945.9521. www.messingermortuary.com
Paul will be missed for his devotion to family, compassion for others, loving heart and wonderful sense of humor.
If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to The Society of St. Vincent De Paul Phoenix through www.stvincentdepaul.net/give or 602.266.4673.