Gordon C. Harper, 96, formerly of West Carthage and Lake Bonaparte
EPHRATA, Pa. (WWNY) – Gordon C. Harper, formerly of West Carthage and Lake Bonaparte, NY, died peacefully at the age of 96 at WellSpan Hospital in Ephrata, Pa. September 7, 2022.
Gordon was born May 28, 1926 in Watertown, NY, the son of the late William and Violet (Shawcross) Harper. He attended West Carthage High School, before joining the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, aboard the USS Randolph in the South Pacific. He married Eleanor Fleming Harper of Copenhagen NY on July 18, 1948. Eleanor recently passed away on July 4, 2022.
Gordon had a very successful career with Snap-On Incorporated and retired as Field Manager after 34 years of service and dedication. Gordon and Eleanor spent summers at the house he built on Lake Bonaparte, NY and winters at their home in Tavares, FL where he enjoyed golfing with friends.
Gordon was a member of VFW Post 7227 in Carthage, the Kangaroo Club, the Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club and was an honorary member of the West Carthage Fire Department where he volunteered for several years. He enjoyed racing stock cars with his brothers as a youth in Evans Mills, NY. He raced sailboats on Lake Bonaparte with the Sailing Club and was a member of the ski patrol in Juniper Hills, Harrisville. Later in life, he enjoyed using his Bobcat for travel, construction and digging, often helping family and friends do the same. He was an avid deer hunter in Montague, NY with his family and friends for most of his life, and also hunted caribou and wild boar elsewhere.
He is survived by one son: Randall (Janine Haver) Harper of West Carthage, NY. Two daughters: Holly (Gary) McElhearn and Melissa (Christopher Strickland) Harper, both of Bluefield, VA. Five grandchildren: Brian McElhearn, Emily Crane, Robert Harper, Heidi Garrett, Heather Weller. Four great-grandchildren. Two sisters: Ruth (Henry) Watkins and Violet Crane, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his stepfather Adelbert Dionne, his brother Howard Harper, his brother Robert “Bobby” Harper and his little brother Ernest Harper.
Funeral services will be held at Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage, NY on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Calling hours will begin at noon, where family and friends will be invited to share stories and memories of Gordon. Burial with military honors will follow in Copenhagen NY, where he will join his wife of 74 years, at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club, PO box 273, Harrisville, NY 13648. To leave condolences, go to www.bezanillafh.com.
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