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A Tribute To Edward (Ted) Gordon



Edward “Ted” Gordon, 84, Susquehanna, PA, passed away at Barnes-Kasson Hospital after a brief illness on Tuesday, December 20, 2005.

He is predeceased by his wife, Issobel (Kuhn) Gordon.

Ted is survived by his loving children; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Rick Mazikewich, Judy and Jack Rood, all of Susquehanna, Joy and Steve Tokos, Johnson City, NY; one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jeanne Gordon, New Milford, PA; six grandchildren, Ann and Ed Rackowski, Amy Mazikewich, Jeff Rood, Josh, Nick and Eric Tokos; one great-granddaughter, Emma Rackowski; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Aileen and Lou Caraker, Midlothian, VA, Ann and Hank Benko, Binghamton, NY; one sister-in-law, Lynnie French, Susquehanna; many nieces and nephews.

Ted was a 1939 graduate from Laurel Hill Academy. From the time of graduation to his retirement in 1995, he was a faithful employee of what is now Little and Nelson Insurance. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during World War II, with the 75th Division in the Central Europe Campaign (Rhineland and Ardennes). He was a member of St. John’s Church and its Men’s Club, Susquehanna, lifetime member of the American Legion Post 86, served on the Barnes-Kasson Hospital board, Treasurer of the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge Committee and one of the founding fathers of Oakland Rec. and Little League Organization. He was a member of the Susquehanna Fire Department for 47 years and for the past 40 years served as Treasurer. In 1956, after the death of his father, he took over as Secretary of the Oakland Borough and served in that position until 2000.

The funeral service was held on Friday, December 23 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Department, P.O. Box 175, Susquehanna, PA 18847; or to St. John’s Church, 101 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Nelson E. Dickey, 58 of Mohawk, NY (Town of German Flatts) passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 12, 2005 at his residence.

He was born on April 27, 1947 in Susquehanna, PA, the son of Margaret (Smith) Dickey and the late Clyde Dickey. He was a graduate of Susquehanna High School. After high school he entered the service. He later furthered his education by attending the Respiratory Therapy program in Syracuse.

He was united in marriage to the former Phyllis A. Hoteling on August 13, 1982 in the Town of German Flatts.

Mr. Dickey was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the US Air Force. Entering the service on September 17, 1965, he served with the 78th Supply Squadron in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on September 16, 1971.

Mr. Dickey was employed as a Respiratory Therapist at Little Falls Hospital for many years. He later was affiliated with Upstate Home Care and more recently with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Dickey, Starrucca, PA; his wife, Phyllis; a daughter Diane E. Getman and her husband, Dana, West Winfield; two brothers, Dan Dickey, Harpursville, NY and Norman Dickey and his wife, Elaine, Yonkers, NY; a sister, Nancy Chesik and her husband Donald, Moscow, PA; three grandchildren, Rebecca, Olivia and Emily Getman; his father- and mother-in-law, Gilbert and Anne Hoteling, Little Falls; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 15, 2005 from the United Methodist Church of Herkimer - Little Falls, Prospect Street, Herkimer.

Interment will take place in Highland Rural Cemetery, Jordanville in the spring.

Arrangements were made by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., Little Falls, NY.

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Dickey be considered to the Little Falls Hospital Development Fund, 140 Burwell Street, Little Falls, NY 13365.

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A Tribute To Edward (Ted) Gordon

Although he resided at Turnpike Terrace the past few months – Edward “Ted” Gordon, still called Oakland “his home.” We lost Ted after a prolonged illness while  a patient in Barnes-Kasson Hospital, December 20, 2005.

Ted will be remembered as the “Father of Oakland Borough.” He lived there all his life, and from the time he was able to write, he was a part of the Oakland Borough Council and its government.

He took over the secretary job – vacated by the death of his father, Morris Gordon, in 1956. He held the job until ill health forced him to retire, in 2000. (Getting hit by a car didn’t help his health any, either.)

He not only held the position of Borough Secretary, but he  helped oversee “many-a-problem” that crept up on the Council, such as taking care of domestic problems. We know for sure he got a place for the late Eddie Pruner to stay for several years; in a room in the Borough Building, at the Council’s expense.

In talking to one of his Oakland friends, he couldn’t praise Mr. Gordon enough for the work he did in Oakland, for many families. “He was an honest man,” said his friend.

Another said, “They should put up a plaque in his honor; no one else did what he did for Oakland.”

He was a member of the Strider-Teskey American Legion Post 86; a veteran of World War II; and a valued member of the (now) Little and Nelson Insurance Company. Many times (I know for a fact) he would help his client “do the best he could.”

(Note: More history on Mr. Gordon can be found in his obituary in this issue.)

How would you like to serve 40 years as treasurer of an organization? He saw them “come and go” as young ones and saw many go out “to pasture” as the young men and women took over – I’m talking about the Susquehanna Fire Department (formerly the Erie Hose Co.).

He was a sports fan, starting with Little League and then going to the Majors. Many a time he would say, “Why do they need that player, we need a pitcher.” Naturally, he was talking about the Yankees.

Ted was my neighbor for several months. We would discuss sports (naturally) and the world in general.

I guess, where Ted is now, he might be discussing the world in general or the “crazy” sports world with their fantastic salaries.

Anyway, I know he’s resting now and I offer his family my condolence and heartfelt sympathy.

(A personal note; while I was the owner and editor of the Transcript, I would never have to worry about “news” concerning Oakland Borough. Ted would have it written “all out” for me to copy. If a Councilman/Councilwoman were to receive an award, he was “Johnny on the Spot” with the story ready for the press. I could go on and on, but every time something was newsworthy, Ted was right there.)

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