George M. Gavin, 83, passed away Saturday (Jan. 9, 2016) at Hart Comfort House of Allegany County in Wellsville with his family at his side.
Mr. Gavin was born on Oct. 11, 1932 in Andover to James and Mary (Fisher) Gavin. He attended Andover Central School and later enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1953-55, spending most of his time in Germany. On April 14, 1956, at the Blessed Sacrament Rectory, he married Charlotte Case, who survives.
George began his heavy equipment operator’s career at 18 on a Ford 8N tractor working for Joyce Pipeline and Joyce Western. Other than his brief military service, he continued as an equipment operator for the next 60 years, retiring from Otis Eastern in Wellsville in 2010.
In addition to his wife of 69 years, George is survived by one son, George Mike (Jackie Mosher) Gavin of Andover; two daughters, Debra (Jon) Rossrucker and Teresa (George) Carter, both of Andover; a sister-in-law, Hattie Gavin of Andover and a special and caring friend, Kathy Hamlin.
He is also survived by his three grandchildren whom he loved and enjoyed spending time with; Derek (Tasha) Rossrucker and Jennifer (James) Frungillo, both of Andover and Brandon (Hannah) McIntosh of N.C.; three step-grandchildren, Craig (April) Rossrucker of Ariz., Melanie (Chris) Witkowski of Dunkirk and Kristen (Tony) Liguori of Olean. He was especially proud of the opportunity to work alongside Derek, who followed in his grandpa’s footsteps at Otis Eastern.
Additionally, he is survived by his six great grandchildren; Carson Frungillo, Gavin Frungillo, Gianna Frungillo, Darius Rossrucker, Brinley Rossrucker, and Tanner McIntosh, whom he delighted in giving a dollar and a cookie at each visit and was known to them as G.G. He is also survived by 11 step-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by eight brothers, Francis (Norma) Gavin, James Gavin, Donald Gavin, John (Carol) Gavin, Joseph Gavin, Charles (Dawn) Gavin, Karl Gavin and Michael Gavin; a granddaughter, Tiffany Mosher Willard; and two nephews, William Gavin and Kevin Gavin.
George loved operating heavy equipment and building ponds. He was a dedicated and hard working employee, neighbor and friend and was willing to help anyone in need. He was a member of the Andover American Legion.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover.
George’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the volunteers at Hart Comfort House for the kind and excellent care that was given during his final illness. Memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.