Peabody — Mr. Albert J. Gebow, 96, of Peabody, beloved husband of the late Beatrice M. (Phipps) Gebow, died Saturday morning at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Henry and Etta (Smith) Gebow. He was raised and educated in Peabody.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
A talented and renowned chef, Al had been the executive chef at the former Towne Lyne House in Lynnfield for many years. His work was his passion and his masterful dishes displayed his creativity and caring of each plate that left any kitchen in which he was working. Upon his retirement, he became associated with the former Daniel Fuller House in Middleton, and the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus as a consultant. But his true passion was cooking.
An active and outstanding 32nd Degree Mason, Al was past master of Amity Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Danvers. He was also privileged to have been a past district deputy. A longtime, dedicated member of the Aleppo Shrine Temple of Wilmington, Al dedicated much of his free time to the Shrine kitchen and helping others through the Shriners. He used his talents willingly and freely by cooking at many Eastern Star Matron/Patron functions over the years. He was always cooking with a smile on his face and will be remembered for his generosity.
He was affectionately known as "Ole Dad" by many.
Mr. Gebow was a longtime member of the former Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers, and was devoted to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Al is survived by his daughters, Jane G. Kelley of Danvers, Aldonna J. Linares of Danvers, Nancy E. Casey of Peabody, with whom he resided, and Arlene Atwood of Scotia, N.Y.; his sons, Thomas J. Balkus of Ocala, Fla., and Richard Stoddard of New York City; his nine grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Frank W. Balkus, and brother of the late Gertrude Perry and Arthur Gebow.