2016-08-24 / Obituaries

Gordon DeSilva

Gordon Ralph DeSilva, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Oneonta on August 16, 2016. Joe, as he was known by all, was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Vera (Scott) De- Silva and his older brother, Gerald DeSilva, all from Margaret- ville.

Joe is survived by his wife, Shirley Ackerly DeSilva who he married on June 16, 1990; his son, Kevin (Carol) DeSilva from Oneonta; his daughter, Debra (John) Gransbury of Virginia Beach, VA; stepdaughters,Linda (Robert) Dickman from CO, Tamara (Kegan) Young from NV and four grandchildren, Ryan (Jessica), Michelle, Adam, and Nicholas Gransbury all from Virginia Beach, VA. His sister, Donna (Fred) Wilson from AZ and his brother, Douglas (Marlene) from New Jersey also survive, as do many nieces and nephews and three great grandchildren.

Joe served his country for four years in the U.S. Air Force and then returned to this area to work for Seeley’s Ceramics for many years. After leaving Seeley’s as the Operational Vice President, he started a new career and opened his own business. He was an active member of the sporting community, having coached Little League baseball in Oneonta for years. He also spent more than two decades as a referee and umpire, both at high school and collegiate levels. He was an avid fisherman and he shared that love with his children, grandchildren, and anyone else that was willing to go.

In addition to fishing, Joe was an avid Yankee fan. He enjoyed watching the games and rooting for them, win or lose.

He and Shirley enjoyed traveling. Their favorite destination was the coast of Maine where they shared numerous trips and adventures. His favorite destination in retirement was his front- lawn swing where he spent many peaceful hours enjoying the outdoors.

A memorial service in Joe’s honor will be held on September 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Oneonta.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations please be made in Joe’s name to either Catskill Area Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To send online condolences, visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

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