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Nagib E. Gebran

November 30, 1956 ~ June 25, 2016 (age 59)
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A candle was lit by Sharon on June 25, 2017 11:13 PM
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A candle was lit by Malik on June 25, 2017 11:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Aicha L. on June 25, 2017 3:05 PM
Message from Penny Gorman
October 19, 2016 4:11 PM

Dear Nagib,
You have colored our lives in more ways than you can imagine. Thank you for all you have given us through the years. We first met when you were the after-school chess coach for a small group of first grade St. Bernard's boys including my son, Christopher. Little did I know at the time that our relationship would last for many years and that you would become much more than a teacher and mentor to Christopher, but also a good friend and almost a family member to him, as well as to me and the rest of our family. Your genuine enthusiasm for chess was infectious. Chess remains a passion of Christopher's and I have no doubt that it wouldn't be so without your influence over the many years that Christopher pursued his chess game because you made it fun and inspiring. I will especially remember you during Christopher's high school years when you would come to our home for a weekly lesson and occasionally stay for dinner. Our dogs adored you; your affection for them won me over a as a fellow dog-lover. Every time I have a baklava I think of the time you brought us Lebanese treats when you learned I had a Lebanese grandfather. Your generosity of spirit, genuine kindness and deep spirituality inspire us still when we think of you. Rest in peace, dear Nagib. We miss you, but please know that your special soul will always remain within us. We send our deepest condolences to your sisters and hope you are resting in peace and comfort. Much love, Penny (and the rest of the Gormans)
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A candle was lit by me on September 5, 2016 6:45 PM
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September 5, 2016 6:43 PM

I heard Nagib's voice the other morning in my dream. I was having a lot of worries about many things. Nagib said: "it will be OK, everything will be OK."

I felt so much better for the rest of the day. Nagib always had a calming effect upon me.

Thank you Nagib for visiting me when I needed it most. I miss you so much.
Message from Lorraine Allyson
September 5, 2016 11:40 AM

It's never easy and we are never ever prepared for the loss of a loved one. How do we deal with the void they leave behind. It's like having to live without a piece of our heart. That is not an easy task. You can only take it one day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. I wish you and the family comfort at this sad time. With love always. ❤️
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A candle was lit by Lorraine Allyson on September 5, 2016 11:28 AM
Message from Scott N. Mesa
August 3, 2016 5:45 PM

Nagib,

I know you're watching over us. Thank you for all the wonderful times and for always being there for me. You were a great mentor and Godfather to my brother and I. You taught me a great deal about respecting life in general and always standing up for what you believe in.

I'd like to share a funny story about an experience I had with Nagib.

When I was younger, I remember Nagib picking my brother and I up from home and taking us to go bowling. We were circling the building looking for parking when someone pulled out of a spot right in front of the entrance. Nagib was parallel parking and slightly tapped the car's bumper behind us. In one swift move, he yelled out, "Oh Sht!!" and quickly pulled out of the spot... We ending up going to the billiards and played table tennis all night. I just remember hysterically laughing all the way to the billiards. He was such a genuine person; hate it or love it, what you saw is what you got.

Thank you for all the great memories and life lessons. You will always be a part of my family and in my heart.
Scotty
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A candle was lit by Scott N. Mesa on August 3, 2016 5:22 PM
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A candle was lit by Roger Miller on August 3, 2016 2:24 AM
Message from Roger Miller
August 3, 2016 2:21 AM

My dear friend Nagib,

Despite knowing of your health tribulations, that you had so bravely battled and continuously overcame (with barely a complaint), it actually makes it all the harder for me to accept that you are no longer with us.

Chess Master (and mentor), top-notch table tennis tournament player, pet lover, deep spiritualist (especially India-related), "Gilligan Island" fan, good friend, solid debater and philosopher, subtly sarcastic, beloved teacher and administrator, caring son and brother, and, far from least, beloved soulmate to Sharon. All who knew you well, will agree these are quite accurate ways to describe the person we were all honored to know.

Some of my happiest personal memories, and that I will always carry with me, are playing table tennis with you in the early 1980's, whether playing casual games at the Lost Battalion Hall near your home, or playing competitively on the St. John's club team in the Greater N.Y. Table Tennis League. We also had great times going away to the Concord Hotel Tournament, in the Catskills, and playing doubles together at the U.S. Open, held at Princeton, and afterwards being completely awestruck, while getting to watch the amazing Chinese men's national team members playing unreal exhibition games against one another, and sitting less than 40 feet away!

Although you were some years ahead of me at St. John's, I still remember you speaking very fondly of your times there and your closest friends, among them: Joe Stortle, Ron Chin, brothers John & Pat McKeon, as well as Dave Pankaj, Brian McGowan and George Abdelsayed, all three fine table tennis players in their own right.

After having read the truly heartfelt and grateful condolences from your students and colleagues alike, it reminded me of a very powerful quote from my favorite (and to me, the most emotional) of all the "Twilight Zone" episodes. In the episode, about an aging high school boarding school teacher, titled "The Changing of the Guard", the quote reads: "Be ashamed to die, until you have won some victory for humanity.". Nagib, through your innumerable good works and acts of kindness towards your students, you have clearly won Many, Many Victories for Humanity and, as those students continue to pass along their own future acts of kindness on to others, your memory will, most rightfully, live on forever.

Nagib, my friend, rest in much deserved Love and Peace.
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A SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by The Gorman Family on August 2, 2016

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A candle was lit by Deyssi Mesa on August 1, 2016 8:14 PM
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A candle was lit by The Maas Family on August 1, 2016 4:46 PM
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A candle was lit by The Glidden Family on August 1, 2016 4:12 PM
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A candle was lit by The Robinson Family on August 1, 2016 11:48 AM
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A candle was lit by Penny & James Gorman on July 29, 2016 4:06 PM
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A candle was lit by Christopher Gorman on July 28, 2016 9:05 PM
Message from Diana Diaz
July 24, 2016 1:41 AM

I will never forget his excitement for me when I went to Madrid. He went out of his way to share what I should see. Because of him, I discovered Toledo, one of my favorite cities in the world.

I will remember him happy, on a summer evening, buying ice-cream for a group of kids.

Rest in Peace. You are loved and missed.
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A candle was lit by Diana Diaz on July 24, 2016 1:38 AM
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A candle was lit by me on July 21, 2016 11:03 PM
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A candle was lit by Angela Harris on July 19, 2016 6:08 PM
Message from Fatima Saab from 128M
July 15, 2016 8:02 PM

With our deepest sympathy, farewell Nagib, and safe journey to you. See you in Heaven dear friend

Message from Brian McGowan
July 15, 2016 9:14 AM

Nagib, You were always a special person, and I can honestly say you were always your own person. You were kind and generous and I will never forget how much you helped me when I was at a low bottom. I'm glad we had a chance to connect again after all these years. While I'm sad that I didn't get to see you more recently, I have a lifetime's worth of happy memories from the "the ol' days". And I will never think of you without smiling. Rest in love, my Friend.

My prayers and thoughts for peace go out to Nagib's sisters, and to all his friends and loved ones.
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A candle was lit by Brian McGowan on July 15, 2016 9:06 AM
Message from Aicha L.
July 14, 2016 6:53 PM

My sorrow cannot be expressed in words. You have been a wonderful friend and an exceptional human being. You held a special place in my heart and will always do. Yesterday, I stumbled on a beautiful birthday card you gave me along with the scratch off lottery tickets you inserted in (as you always did on every occasion)… It made me smile and I knew you are at peace.
Nagib, I find comfort in knowing that you will forever be remembered for all the amazing qualities you embodied.
Je prie que le bon Dieu t’accueille dans son paradis celeste.
Au Revoir mon cher ami.
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A candle was lit by Derek Grant and Family on July 14, 2016 1:34 AM
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A candle was lit by Nabila on July 13, 2016 1:58 PM
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A candle was lit by Maria de Armas on July 12, 2016 11:52 PM
Message from Maria de Armas
July 12, 2016 11:51 PM

My dearest friend, words can not express how blessed I have been to be part of your life. I will always treasure your unconditional love and friendship. We had many adventures in our time , We were a good team, we understood each other... I am going to miss you....I will always love you.
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A Designers Choice was ordered on July 11, 2016

Message from Sharon
July 11, 2016 6:34 PM

Although I am overcome with deep feelings of grief at this time, I take great comfort in reflecting on the special bond that began in 1981 with Nagib. We shared our lifelong experiences with immediate family and friends at holiday dinners, wedding celebrations, backyard barbeques, vacations and all the simple pleasures of life.

I am so thankful for the gift of stability and everyday happiness he freely gave to me, which I did my best to return in abundance. We enjoyed expressing ourselves to each other with surprise cards, flowers and other tokens of affection and gratitude.

As I will continue to miss my beloved Nagib each and every day, holding onto these words of endearment will ease my pain until we meet again . . . “Love takes you to a tender place and brings your life sweet, lasting grace. Love makes you feel secure and whole –it lifts the heart and feeds the soul.”

Thinking of Nagib means thinking of Love forever.
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A candle was lit by Teresa on July 11, 2016 3:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Sharon on July 11, 2016 9:51 AM
Message from Deborah Cammck
July 10, 2016 5:33 PM

My sincere sympathy in this your time of sorrow. Nagib was a wonderful man. spiritual and genuine It was a honor to know him and call Nagib my friend.
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A candle was lit by Deborah Cammck on July 10, 2016 5:22 PM
Message from Terrie Santiago
July 9, 2016 9:03 PM

Dear Nagib,
My great friend. You have touched my life in a way that no one has ever been able to. You have displayed true love and honesty with everyone you have ever come in contact with. Sometimes we were brutally honest with eachother ! Lol! You are a kind and gentle spirit who has been able to share that with everyone you meet. I remember when I first started at PS 128 I would always see you outside playing basketball with your students during lunch. I also will never forget how you would buy each and every one of your students from the book fair every year.I thought that was so awesome and the true spirit of a real teacher. You cared for everyone especially your students and your pets.. boy did you care for your pets! We have had many deep intellectual conversations. I can remember many of them. You also have such a great sense of humor and a twisted way of looking at life.That's why we get each other! I will always remember what a kind and generous spirit you have. You are truly the most selfless person I have ever met. It's been both a pleasure and my honor to know you. Thank you for being a part of my life. I will miss you deeply, but never forget you. I know you are now at peace and that makes me happy. You can rest now.
Love,
Terrie Santiago
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A candle was lit by Terrie Santiago on July 9, 2016 8:47 PM
Message from Blanca Battino
July 9, 2016 7:13 PM

Mr. Gebran was an exceptional teacher with a heart of gold. He gave to the children he serviced more than academic knowledge. He believed in their potential and their ability to transcend their challenges. As principal of P.S 128, I was always touched by his sensitivity and care for the students and their families. My Inventors club, chess club and math club engaged the students in various exciting projects that made our students soar academically. Nagib initiated and organized these programs for the school. He was an extraordinary humanitarian and a true spirit of all that is good in this world. I will truly miss him. My sincere condolences to all who loved him.
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A candle was lit by Magda Hana Gebran on July 9, 2016 2:20 PM
Message from Magda Hana Gebran - July 8, 2016
July 9, 2016 2:18 PM

Hey Nagib, still cannot believe you are not here with us, part of our world. Yes, we fought as many brothers and sisters fight but we always worked it out in the end. The tears have finally stopped and the heartache of why did you have to leave when everything was ready for the transplant. We understand now that it was time for your soul to continue on its spiritual journey in another plane of consciousness; still, we miss you brother and wish you were here with us. Enjoy your time in one of our Creator's many Mansions and say hello to the family. Your sister, Magda
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A candle was lit by Tom Malloy on July 7, 2016 6:13 PM
Message from Gail Burrows
July 7, 2016 3:29 AM

So very saddened to hear about Nagib. I have many memories of all the conversations we had and of the friendship that developed throughout the years. We were colleagues and friends at P.S.128. Nagib's capacity to remain non-judgemental in many difficult situations was extraordinary. The world needs many others like him and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family and to all that knew him.
Message from Patricia Bowyer and family
July 6, 2016 11:53 AM

With our deepest sympathy, farewell Nagib, and safe journey to you. Say hello to Bruce for us when you see him.
Message from Pankaj Dave
July 5, 2016 9:40 PM

My dear friend from 1970s. Wonderful temperament, easily smiled. Great table tennis player and even a better chess player. Rest now my friend, you will be missed
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A candle was lit by Pankaj Dave on July 5, 2016 9:38 PM
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A candle was lit by Karla Paz Mobray on July 5, 2016 7:10 PM
Message from Karla Paz Mobray - former HS student
July 5, 2016 7:09 PM

I called him Mr. G since being his high school student at Franklyn K Lane in Queens NY and now over 20 years later still treasure every lesson, advise and wisdom he shared with me. People come and go in a students life but he was unique and special. I owe a lot of my success to him. I would have never gotten through college without his help. Nagib was wicked smart, kind and norturing. He loved to teach and expose many of us to chess, culture and spirituality. He taught me the biggest lesson of all and that is to love and be kind. I will miss his corky jokes and sweet spirit always. Never forgotten Mr. G. May you rest in peace where the sun always shines. Till we meet again. Karla Paz Mobray
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A candle was lit by Malik on July 5, 2016 1:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Gail Burrows on July 5, 2016 12:03 AM
Message from Janet Hill
July 4, 2016 9:57 AM

Gebran and I met at P.S. 128. He was authentic towards everyone who was fortunate to have met him. I will miss his sense of humor and talks about cats. He has moved on , but his works/good deeds will live forever.
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A candle was lit by Aicha L. on July 4, 2016 9:55 AM
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A candle was lit by Janet Hill on July 4, 2016 9:51 AM
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A candle was lit by Ilia Rosado on July 4, 2016 9:37 AM
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A candle was lit by Idalia Machuca-Nunez on July 3, 2016 10:36 PM
Message from Jamilla
July 2, 2016 8:41 AM

Mr. G was a great teacher, friend, and father figure (at least to me). He was always concerned with what was going on and how he could help, and not just with me but everyone. He worried about his friends, his sisters, and community; and in one way or another impacted the many he met through out his life. And even though he had his temper,he always meant well. He would always tell me "don't let people call you Jami, your name is Jamilla" but yet through out the years he began to call me that too.

You will missed Mr. G and it's very difficult to believe that I will not get to see or speak to you again. I knew you wanted to go back home, and I believe you now have and have seen the Lebanon you once remembered. Until we meet again.

My deepest condolences to his sisters and nephew.
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A candle was lit by Jamilla on July 2, 2016 8:19 AM
Message from Marie C.
July 1, 2016 11:19 PM

Tribute to Nagib Gebran. Age 59:
I met my friend Nagib on the Internet Chess club about 10 years ago. He was a one of a kind gentleman. Often wore a suit jacket and never wore shorts. He was like a brother to me, he was often lonely and texted or called me nearly every day when he wasn't watching his favorite actress MaryAnn on the old Gilligan's Island re-runs. He was respectful and thoughtful. I enjoyed his unique Lebanese accent. He was a retired New York city teacher, and he loved hearing the stories of my daily adventures at high school. He missed being a teacher.
He loved his own former students and still cared about them all, even into adulthood. He would often help them out or meet them for lunch.
He was a brilliant man, having earned National Master in chess title in 1992. He Coached and trained many future champions. Nagib was creative and was an inventor, designing a unique teaching Chess set with mobile pieces to help teach young students.
Nagib was so smart, and intellectually gifted, articulate and driven and went on lengthy arguments and debates in his online chess groups and forums. He listened, and gave his honest opinions, spoke his mind and heart, often agreeing with or upsetting many in his path. Nagib made friends, and once in a while lost friends.
Nagib was caring and loving of all creatures and was a vegetarian. He would never hurt an animal
He enjoyed feeding the birds, cats and dogs every day and adopted a few of his own over the years.
Nagib endured many health problems, but kept his pains to himself. He focused on staying positive, he often fell down, broke bones, but got up and kept going, until this last time. If he wasn't treated right, he walked out of the hospitals. He was driven by his will power to be there for friends.
He gave my family a tour of New York when we visited during the Manhattan open, and showed us the Marshall Chess Club, and an outdoor chess park, and another time helped navigate the subways when I brought a daughter to visit colleges. Nagib was one of a kind, always being the helper. He gave of himself to help his family and friends and all the creatures of the earth.
We miss you Nagib E. Gebran. Rest in Peace. 6 - 25 - 2016
Our deepest condolences to his sisters, Magda and Mabila and all who loved him as well.
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A candle was lit by Marie C. on July 1, 2016 11:11 PM
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