Services for longtime Oaklawn Jockey Club President Charles J. Cella, who passed away Wednesday morning at his home in St. Louis after a battle with Parkinson’s disease, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Annunziata Catholic Church in St. Louis. The church is located at 9305 Clayton Road, St. Louis, Missouri, 63124.
Cella had been at the helm of Oaklawn Jockey Club since 1968, when he took over after the death of his father, John Cella. His sons, John and Louis, who have been an integral part of Oaklawn’s executive management team for years, will now carry on the 113-year family tradition that began when their great-uncle and great-grandfather formed the Oaklawn Jockey Club in 1904.
Cella is survived by his two sons and a daughter, Harriet Marshall, and eight grandchildren.