Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road
In Memorial

STEELE, J. Gilbert “Gil”

j-gilbert-steele  J. Gilbert “Gil” STEELE, Age 79. Beloved son of the late Oscar and Agnes (nee Ginley). Loving husband of the late Jacqueline (nee Ehlert). Dearest father of Gil Jr. (Bonnie), Gloria Croucher (Gary), Debbie MacCollum (Dan), Bryan (deceased)(Cheryl Kubitz), Daniel (Gina), Beverly Mauch (Rob) and the late Patrick. Dear brother of Ron, Marylou Walsh (Phil, deceased), Pat Steele (Jim Carlin), Peggy Dobinson (Jim), Bill (deceased)(Joanne), Bob (deceased)(Sue), Eddie (deceased) and Janice Dachtler (deceased)(Joe). Loving grandfather of Carrie, Brian Pat, Jackie, Matthew, Amy, Jamie, Kadie, Sara, Jessica, Jeffrey, Patrick, Nick, Abby, Jake, Cody, Shauna and Frank. Great grandfather of Elliot, Jared, Jack, Daryn, Rylee, Aiden, Peyton, Kyle, Isaac and Macy.

Founding family of St. Bridget Parish. Gil was an over 55 yr. member of IBEW Local 38 and a past president and business manager.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 AM at St. Bridget Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Sunday, 4-9 PM and Monday, 3-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Ridge and Snow). To offer condolences and to sign guestbook please visit


Messages of Condolence

  1. Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for our own loss. Our Dad will be missed terribly. Throughout the years, we have valued his friendship, kindness and thoughtfulness. We will sorely miss all of our special times that we have all shared with him. We will always keep our memories of him held deeply within our hearts reminding us of how life should be lived.
    With love and sympathy,
    His Daughter-in-law.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of mourning. God Bless You.

  3. I was sad to hear about this I will try to make it to the wake but I am battling cancer at the present time. Please know Gill was a very special person in my life and I am deeply saddened by his death. You and he are in my prayers.

  4. Sorry to hear about uncle gil . My condolences go out to the Steele family. Uncle Gil was a great family & union man and will be deeply missed by my family and I. God bless you all.

  5. There are no words to soften this loss at this time. We pray and wish the Lord give you all his grace, and let the love flow into your hearts. So very sorry, Gil meant so much too so many.

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. I did not know “PA” but I have heard a lot of great stories about him,. Please know that we are thinking of you and offer our thoughts and prayers. With Sympathy, Maureen, Larry, Jordan and Madison Tooley.

  7. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Steele family. Grampa Gil was such a truly wonderful person. He will surely be missed! Words cannot truly express the loss that we feel. It was an honor and a blessing to call him a very special friend and neighbor for almost 30 years! You have been in our thoughts often and in our hearts always. Love, Jackie & Joe

  8. Our sympathy to Gils family.He will always be in our prayers.
    His word and fairness was his bond. He will be truly missed and as the Irish song goes old friend, you’re just a thought away.

    “JUST A THOUGHT AWAY” (written by Alec DeDabriele)

    Paul and Carolyn O’Donnell

  9. we were so saddened by gil’s passing. we have such wonderful memories of so many times shared. we will always have those memories. he was such a good man and such fun to be with. we are grateful for all those great times. we pray that he is at peace. our prayers for all of you. all our love to all of you, joni & hank

  10. My sincerest condolences to the entire family in your loss,
    I knew Gil as a straight forward, honest, dedicated person whom I really had a great deal of respect for. His work as BA was impeccable, such as his character, God Love Him…I Know I did !!

    Franklin G. LaCava

  11. I remember spending time with my cousin Gilbert as a boy. He took me to my first football game in Cleveland Stadium. Many other fond memories of time spent together. I will always remember how kind and thoughtful he was. He was the one who broght the family together. I will really miss him.

  12. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel in light of this enormous loss. Gil was such a wonderful person we will never forget him! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Steele family during this difficult time. May your memories of Gil give you strength and may the love of your family and those around you help you through the days ahead.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Jason, Jeff, and Julie Jurcak

  13. To Gil Jr., Dan, & Gary
    My condolenscences and deepest sympaty for your loss. Your father and father-in-law was a man that cannot be equaled. He gave me my start in our trade forty years ago. Whatever the problem, whatever the need, Gil was always there and never complained. Let us also not forget the icon he is in the Irish community. Truly a man among men.

    Glenn Sinclair

  14. Our deepest symphony to the entire family.May the Lord look over all of you and give his everlasting pease.

  15. We are sadden by Gil’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Gil jr., My condolences are with you and your family. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Frank Cloud

  17. The world has changed fore ever. I Loved your father and mother so much. How lucky to have them for the time we were allowed. Uncle Gil will be so, so missed. He was Love. He was a living example of Love Effortless, thoughtful , kind, Love. I only hope we all have some of him in us. I thank God for him. I will Pray for all of you. I love you Janice

  18. I’ll leave it to Gil’s family and close personal friends to describe what a positive influence he was to them. As a long time member of Local 38 Gil was unparalled in his commitment to the union movement, his passion for his fellow brother & sisters, & to the notion that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

  19. To the Steele family, Thanks for sharing Gil with us wiremen thru the years. He truly was a brother, Dad, and a great friend to all of us! This wonderful man will truly be missed, and we all really loved this outstanding man!!! May God bless all of you!!! from Gary Kiewel and family

  20. Our deepest sympathy to all of Gil’s family.He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.
    He will be joining our husbands in heaven where they can do some job talk and play a round of golf
    Sincerely Lillian Whelpley and Margie Scott
    (Guy) (Jim)

  21. May the God of comfort ,the God of the Holy Scriptures be with your family during this time. May you be comforted by Gods promise regarding those who have fallen asleep in death , the Bible book of John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15 explains.May you be comforted by the assurances given in the Bible at Titus 1:2, Numbers 23:19 , that God is not one to lie, May god continue to comfort you 2 -Corinthians 1:3.Sincere Sympathy

  22. Sara – We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. Please know that we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Len, Jen and the girls

  23. My sympathy goes out to the family. I give thanks to all he has done for us at local-38. He was a true asset to our community and will be greatly thoughts and prayers are with you. JOE GRAZIANO

  24. My thoughts are with Gloria, Jackie, Brian, Jamie, and the rest of the family. He was a great guy. I’ll always be thankful for the John Carroll medallion he gave me.


    Deron and family

  25. I only met Gil Sr. once, but i have heard countless stories about what a great man he was. May God bless you in your hard times.

  26. My deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Gil. He did alot for our family over the years, and for the local as well. We will surely miss him — I’ll keep him and you all in my prayers! God Bless, Mike Kiewel

  27. To ; Gill Jr. and family

    I was sorry to hear of your loss our deepest sympathy he will be missed. Pierre kuluris

  28. Our condolensces to the entire Steele family. Gil was a real gentleman and it was a honor and blessing to have known him. May our Risen Lord be with you at this time. Bill & Marilyn Kemer

  29. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Steele Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family God Bless

  30. Met your dad when I was a 1B apprentice at the mills. He guided me through my 1st year. I always considered him a great friend. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you .

    Sincerely, Shelly Kahn

  31. My sympathy goes out to the family. I give thanks to all he has done for us at local-38 he was a true asset to our community. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Sincerely Joe G raziano

  32. I was very sorry to hear that Gil had passed away. He was a good guy and respected by everyone. My Mom and Dad always spoke highly of him, and Dad was very proud to be ale to call Gil a friend. Please accept my prayers.

  33. My prayers go out to family and friends alike, that knew Gil Sr. He was an inspiration to me. My hope is that the pain of his passing , will turn into Loving memories that we all can share.

    Leonard Mitchell

  34. `Friends and loved ones leave us, but memories stay forever.

    Our deepest synpathy.

    Joe and Marlene Witouski

  35. My deepest sympathy to the Steele family. I have great memories of a Great Guy. I always considered Gill a “Big brother”. May God be with you all.

    Sonny Schmotzer

  36. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Mr. Steele. Your love and warmth for each other will be your strength that will get you through this difficult time. All of you have been in my heart and soul for so many years and I will continue to pray for you forever.
    Love, Susie

  37. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to your family at this time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  38. Although I had not the pleasure of meeting Mr. Steele, as a new member of Local 38; his influence is still felt throughout the union. I have had the privilege of working with and interacting with many members of his immediate family. My condolences and prayers go out to Gil Jr., Otto Mauch, Rick Kustra, Matt and Jeff MacCollum. I’m sure your dad, father-in-law, granddad and uncle is proud of your commitment to his legacy. Peace be with you.

  39. To Gil Jr. and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorry. May God be with you and your love ones.

    Richard Carder
    IBEW Local 307

  40. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Mr. Steele. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers….

  41. I am so sorry to hear of Gil’s passing. I considered him a friend and mentor, and will miss his wise counsel. I’m sorry I could not make the funeral, but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. -Don

  42. Our family’s thoughts & prayers are with Steele Family & friends at this difficult time, Gil Sr. will be missed.

  43. My heart goes out to all of Gil’s family during these days of sorrow.
    I am blessed that I had the opportunity to know Gil, and become a friend.

    May he rest in peace

    Brother Mel McCloud – IBEW 38 – 332

  44. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy regarding your recent loss. You our in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jeff Fox

  45. Wow what can i say… Pa was the best! i keep telling 4 kids that it is a honor to part of his legacy!!!! That its a privelege to have been a part of him! if they grow up and be half the man that my pa was…………………. then they will have a great life! never complained.. never was to good for anyone.
    i love him an miss him so much already but i am so happy they are together now(i am jealous fo sho). my gram wrapped her wings around him and did not let go!! Like my son jack said in his card to pa….. i will miss you but i will listen to u bowl when it rains!!

  46. My Lil Pa….. what is there to say about the greatest Man on earth! He was truely one of a kind Man who always thought of others before himself! I am FOREVER blessed to be a STEELE! Our lives are changed, and the void that we feel will never be filled. God Blessed Us with my lil Pa. He left a legacy that is like no other and I thank him for that. He will never know the way he touched so many lives with just him being who he was. He has truely touched us and showed us what it means to be a LEADER. Thank you PA! I LOVE YOU <3 <3

  47. God has sided himself with another fine man….May the Lord hold him in the palm of his hand….God Bless and Keep the Steele Family.

  48. To the family of Gil Steele I called him my friend, and brother. My father John and I offer our condolences, and I will keep him in my prayers. Brother Tim DiVincenzo local 38

  49. My most sincere condolences. Gil was a great leader and terrific friend. He will certainly be missed by many.

    Judge Peter M. Sikora

  50. Gil was a man I really admired throughout my years of working and belonging to Local 38. We have lost a great man and leader. My sympathies to Gil, Jr. and the Steele family.
    Paul Hiller

  51. Pa, my handsome little fella. Words cannot express what I’m feeling, or what we’re all feeling. But I know we can at least thank everyone for their love and support through all of this. The past year has brought us all so much closer and we got to spend so much time with our Pa. Anyone who had the blessed opportunity to meet Pa, even just once, is considered extremely lucky in my eyes. I know he’s in heaven next to Grandma continuing to be proud, I hope, and guiding us through life with his never ending love. Despite the sadness and moments where I selfishly want him back here on earth, I know he is not suffering anymore. He is finally reunited with his passed loved ones, and yet can continue looking down on all of us. He’s got the best of both worlds! As I fight back the tears, a smile always seems to naturally creep up as this thought comes to mind, and I hope it comforts you all, as well… “We thought Pa and Grandma were a great team when they were alive, imagine what they can do as angels.” <3

    I Love You Pa.

  52. pa i miss you more then words can explain…sometimes i even catch me talking to u when im by myself. i feel selfish wanting you still here but then you would be in pain…so its a lose lose situation but atleast i know ill see you again but hopefully its not for atleast 60 more years the entire families still sad and only time can heel our emotional wounds…i cant believe how close you can get to someone when spending every weekend with them for five years straight its pretty incredible, and so are you…when im really down i just remember the old saying that doesnt really fit to this but i think i can have more then one meaning and it fits here quite well…its April showers bring May flowers…so no matter how bad aprils been to me this tells me it will all get better in time….but dont worry pa ill never forget you i promise you that.
    ♥ Cody

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