Philip Gelber, 90, artist, Holocaust survivor

Artist Philip Gelber of Ridgefield, surrounded by his family, died peacefully on Monday, May 21, 2012, a few months shy of his 91st birthday.

He was at his home which was filled with so many of the paintings he had created during his long and rich lifetime.

Philip was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His presence brought laughter and dancing to all. He will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10 AM in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT with Rabbi Nelly Altenburger of Congregation B'Nai Israel of Danbury officiating.

Burial will be private.

A Period of Mourning will be observed at the Gelber residence, 66 Barrack Hill Rd., Ridgefield, CT from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon with Minyon at 7:30 PM.

Mr. Gelber was born in Czestochowa, Poland, July 30, 1921, the son of Liebl (Arye Lieb) and Esther (Malka) Gelber.

A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Gelber came to the United States in 1954 first settling in Brooklyn, NY. He was a retired doorman at the St. Regis Hotel of New York, NY where he became friends with Salvador Dali.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Gelber pursued his painting and became an accomplished artist. His paintings have been displayed at many art shows; some in the greater Danbury and Ridgefield area.

For the past several years, Mr. Gelber has been invited into the Ridgefield Public School to speak about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

A resident of Ridgefield for the past ten years, he was a member of Congregation B'Nai Israel of Danbury and also attended Temple Shearith Israel of Ridgefield and Chabad of Ridgefield.

Mr. Gelber leaves three sons, Larry of Harrisburg, PA, Arthur of Ridgefield and Charlie of Portland, OR and four grandchildren, Jordan, Jenny, Jackie and Max.

In remembrance of Philip, those that wish to make contributions please send them to: Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877