Beverly and Naples, Florida — Charles F. “Charlie” Jerabek, 68, of Naples, Fla., and Beverly, Mass., died Monday, May 19, 2014 after a courageous fight against Ocular Melanoma.
Charlie was born on July 18th, 1945, in Queens, N.Y., to the late Charles and Julia (Bartow) Jerabek and was lovingly raised by his father and his stepmother, Eileen Hamlin Jerabek. He graduated from West Islip (N.Y.) High School in 1963, from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967, and earned an MBA from Boston University in 1980.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sydney Parvin Jerabek; his son, Rodney and daughter-in-law, Crystal; his daughter, Molly Frey and son-in-law, Jon, and his three grandchildren, Max and Grayson Frey and Charley Jerabek. He is further survived by sisters and a brother, as well as many loving relatives and friends.
Charlie retired in 2009 after a distinguished career with Osram Sylvania. He was appointed president and CEO of Osram Sylvania and became a member of the board in 2001. He was the executive vice president and general manager of Global Automotive Lighting for Osram Sylvania since 1997 and head of Global Lighting since 1991. He began his career with GTE in 1973 after six years with Union Carbide Corporation.
After his retirement, Charlie remained active with a number of business and industry entities. In his last year as Vice Chairman at Osram, he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and remained a member after his retirement. He was a Trustee of Endicott College, and an honorary member of The Electrical Manufacturers Club. Charlie was also very active in taking his business skills and applying them to other interests. He was a partner in The Landing Restaurant (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.), an advisor to Five Pawns Inc., and served on numerous boards including Smartlabs Inc., Enlighted Inc., Luminous Devices Inc, Lucidity Lighting, and LumenZ Inc. The businesses, many of them emerging technology start ups, reached out to Charlie for advice and insight. His counsel and leadership was respected and revered.