Jack A. Gorton
Date of Passing: December 11th, 2010leave a condolence read condolences
Jack A. Gorton, 85, of Sangerfield, fondly known as the "Mayor of Sangerfield" passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at his home, with his family by his side. He was born June 26, 1925, in Utica, the son of the late William R. and Violet Peeling Gorton and was a graduate of Waterville Central School. Jack proudly served in the infantry and motor pool with the US Army and fought in the Pacific during WW II. On July 7, 1946, in Utica, Jack married Beverly F. Handy. Jack was employed at the Waterville Knitting Mill as a knitter, worked as a Lincoln specialist at Cater Lincoln-Mercury and later worked for 33 years as a bus driver for the Waterville Central School District. Jack and Beverly also ran Gorton's Place in Sangerfield for 54 years. He was a trustee and current President of the Sangerfield Cemetery, and was a member of the Kelley-Phillips American Legion Post #569 and the VFW Post #9591. Jack loved to roller skate, water ski, surf sail, cross country ski, run, boat and snowmobile. He wanted his kids to learn it all. He also loved to ride his Harley, and could often be seen riding through town in his Dune Buggy. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly; his daughter, Debra, her husband, Richard Simone of Marcy and their sons, Rick and Mason; his son, Jay, his wife, Darlene Gorton of Waterville, and their sons, Jaymes and Jayson; his son, Patrick, his wife, Jessica Gorton of Waterville, and his son, Sam; his other grandchildren, Mark Lewis and his daughter, Megan; and Michele DeCarr and her son, Kyle; and his brother, Bob Gorton of Whitesboro. Always close to his heart was the memory of his daughter, Sherry Gorton Lewis, who predeceased him in April of 1970. Jack was also predeceased by his sisters, Helen and Madelyn; and his brothers, Lewis, Fred and Mel. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 am at the First United Methodist Church of Waterville, with Pastor Genett Timlin officiating. Private interment with military honors will be in Waterville Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday evening from 4-7 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. Members of the American Legion will meet Tuesday at 6 pm at the funeral home.
Jack was quite the character.Funny,very nice man.Deepest sympathy.
Dear Gorton Family. Was so sorry to read in the Waterville Times of Jack's recent passing. I remember the great times he and Bev gave us as square dancers at Waterville Central in the 1960's. Those hosted a lot of parties and practices. We all loved Sherry, a classmate, and especially her Mom and Dad. Jack was indeed "one of a kind" and will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Bev and the Family. Joel and Laura Allen of Hudson, NY.
Joel W. Allen
Our prayers to the family. My uncle Inchie Ruane and Jack were close and I always enjoyed their stories!!!
Dear Family: I'm so sorry to hear about Jack's passing. I know words can't erase the sorrow that this has caused for all of you so I'd like to share a few scriptures that help me through the loss of loved ones.
John 5:28-29 promises a resurrection. Ps 37:29 tells us we will live forever here on earth and Rev 21:4-5 promises there will be no more pain or death. These are promises from God that we can look forward to in the near future.
I know God doesn't take our loved one away from us and that He will reunite us again when the time is right.
My heart goes out to you all in your sorrow and I hope that you experience the same comfort that I do from God's promises.
Sincerely, Dee Bishop
What a guy you were, Jack ! A man of all men ! That smiling face will be missed, but memories will live on forever ~~~~
Wayne & Barb Shauger
Sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was alot of fun. He will be missed. He was a great friend to my Step-father Dave Gallup and the stories they came up with.unbelievable. My he rest in peace he's has put up a brave fight for years.
Jack was great person and friend. Thanks for the memories! I will miss him dearly!
God Bless All, that laugh will be missed,he sure was a special guy
ralph and danette sosso
My thoughts are with your family at this time of sorrow. May you know that Jack left some wonderful memories to all of our family. God Bless
You will be missed Jack. And as always, watch out for those alligators!
R.I.P. Jack - Always in our hearts!
he was a great man james gorton always told me may he rest in peace
A great guy who always had a smile and a nice thing to say to everyone
jack will be miss very missed he was the greats bus drive the ditch family
my condolence to the family,i will miss you jack!