Late Rangers legend Rod Gilbert’s kids and their stepmom battle over his will

Late Rangers legend Rod Gilbert’s kids and their stepmom battle over his will as they claim she manipulated him on his deathbed to cut them out of $1M inheritance and hockey memorabilia

  • Chantal Pine, 47, and Justin Gilbert, 45, claim that their stepmom Judith Gilbert 76, got to their father on his deathbed to push them out of their inheritance
  • The children want possession of his hockey memorabilia and a portrait of Gilbert produced by revered pop artist Andy Warhol
  • Judith has denied having any part in changing her husband’s will – stating she has every intention to give the kids what they want
  • Rod Gilbert, who spent his entire 18-year-career in a starring role for the Rangers from 1960 to 1978, died aged 80 after a battle with cancer in August last year

The two children of the late New York Rangers icon, Rod Gilbert, are in fierce battle with their stepmother over his will the children claiming that she manipulated him on his deathbed to cut them out of their $1M inheritance and hockey memorabilia.

Rod Gilbert, who spent his entire 18-year-career in a starring role for the Rangers from 1960 to 1978, died aged 80 after a battle with cancer in August last year.

Chantal Pine, 47, and Justin Gilbert, 45, claim that their stepmother Judith Gilbert 76, got to their father on his deathbed to push them out of their inheritance, the New York Post reported.

The children said that they also want possession of a 40-inch-square silkscreen on canvas portrait of Gilbert produced by revered pop artist Andy Warhol.

Pine petitioned the court to remove Judith as a co-executor on the grounds that she is ‘unfit’ and engaged in ‘misconduct including dishonesty.’

The two children of late New York Ranger, Rod Gilbert, are in fierce battle with their stepmom over his will. The children claiming that she manipulated him on his deathbed to cut them out

The two children of late New York Ranger, Rod Gilbert, are in fierce battle with their stepmom over his will. The children claiming that she manipulated him on his deathbed to cut them out

Chantal Pine (pictured), 47, and Justin Gilbert, 45, claim that their stepmother Judith Gilbert 76, got to their father on his deathbed to push them out of their inheritance

Chantal Pine (pictured), 47, and Justin Gilbert, 45, claim that their stepmother Judith Gilbert 76, got to their father on his deathbed to push them out of their inheritance

Judith has denied having any part in changing her husband's will - stating she has every intention to give the kids what they want

Judith has denied having any part in changing her husband’s will – stating she has every intention to give the kids what they want

The charismatic, Montreal-raised, NHL player had his will admitted to probate in January hid daughter and Judith named executors, according to court filings.

Less than a month before the hockey great died, Judith claims he ‘signed a letter dated July 26, 2021’ in which he ‘reversed his bequest giving all his hockey memorabilia to his children and grandchildren.’

According to that letter, Gilbert gifted ‘all of [his] right, title and interest in and to any and all sport memorabilia’ to his wife.

The court documents revealed that Gilbert and Judith had also sold their Sag Harbor mansion for $6.1 million on August 10, 2021, just nine days before he died.

‘Close personal friends of [Rod Gilbert] are prepared to testify that decedent had communicated to them his intent to use his share of the proceeds from the sale of that property to fund the $1 million … bequest to his children,’ Pine’s petition stated.

‘Judith improbably claims that the assets in Rod’s estate are inadequate to satisfy either of the bequests that he made to his children.’

Pine said that she believed her father would have been 'upset by all this' and didn't want to air the family feud but felt she had no choice

Pine said that she believed her father would have been ‘upset by all this’ and didn’t want to air the family feud but felt she had no choice

The children want possession of his hockey memorabilia and a portrait of Gilbert produced by revered pop artist Andy Warhol (pictured)

The children want possession of his hockey memorabilia and a portrait of Gilbert produced by revered pop artist Andy Warhol (pictured)

Rod Gilbert, who spent his entire 18-year-career in a starring role for the Rangers from 1960 to 1978, died aged 80 after a battle with cancer in August last year

Rod Gilbert, who spent his entire 18-year-career in a starring role for the Rangers from 1960 to 1978, died aged 80 after a battle with cancer in August last year

Gilbert married Judith in 1991, in a ceremony conducted by then New York City Mayor David Dinkins.

His 1974 marriage to first wife, Judy Preston ended in divorce, but produced Chantal and Justin.

The eight-time NHL All-Star was one of 10 athletes featured in Warhol’s 1979 series, which included Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Chris Evert, Tom Seaver, and Pelé.

Pine told the New York Post that she believed her father would have been ‘upset by all this.’

‘Based on my dad’s incredible career and his standing and reputation in New York, he and Judy built two successful businesses together,’ Pine said.

‘Dad wanted to leave his memorabilia plus a small percentage of his assets and his earnings from the businesses to my brother and me and our children … with the balance of his wealth going to Judy. I’m sure my dad would be very upset by all this.’

Her attorney Robert Piliero said ‘the last thing Chantal and Justin wanted was to fight’ with their stepmother.

Gilbert married Judith in 1991, in a ceremony conducted by then New York City Mayor David Dinkins. His 1974 marriage to first wife, Judy Preston ended in divorce, but produced Chantal and Justin

Gilbert married Judith in 1991, in a ceremony conducted by then New York City Mayor David Dinkins. His 1974 marriage to first wife, Judy Preston ended in divorce, but produced Chantal and Justin

Gilbert is the Rangers all-time leader in goals at 406 and points at 1,021 and the first NHL player to have his jersey, No. 7, retired at Madison Square Garden

Gilbert is the Rangers all-time leader in goals at 406 and points at 1,021 and the first NHL player to have his jersey, No. 7, retired at Madison Square Garden

Gilbert's will was admitted to probate in January. His daughter Pine and widow Gilbert were named executors, according to court filings

Gilbert’s will was admitted to probate in January. His daughter Pine and widow Gilbert were named executors, according to court filings

‘For their father’s sake, they really didn’t want to wash family linen in public,’ he said.

‘But all our efforts to get information from Judy’s lawyers or to discuss a way to avoid litigation were ignored or rejected.

‘It’s sad, really, and such a disservice to Rod’s memory for Judy to treat his children this way.’

Judith Gilbert has denied the allegations in the court filing, saying that she had nothing to do with any changes to her husband’s will.

She noted her intention has always been to give any game-used Gilbert memorabilia like ‘his jersey, his skates, his sticks’ and the Warhol piece to Chantal and Justin.

‘They should have it. Because Rod would want them to have it,’ Judith said.

‘This [petition] is smearing Rod because he would never do anything to hurt me or hurt his children.

Judith Gilbert, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, said she is heartbroken by the estrangement of Chantal, who she considers her own daughter.

‘This is a daughter that I lost, I really, really love, love, love her,’ she said.

Judith’s attorney however took a swipe at her stepchildren.

‘This is an attempt to extract money from Rod’s wife by his children from another marriage who only care about lining their own pockets and not about Rod’s legacy,’ Errol Margolin said.

‘Rod did change his will and I have the text of that communication with his lawyer.

‘He did this long before his death and before he made substantial cash gifts to his children and grandchildren before his death.’

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