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Rochester: March 20, 2014. Predeceased by his wife Eleanor Britton. Survived by his son Gordon (Barbara Hufsmith), daughter Elizabeth (Jim) Britton-Barry, and son Peter (Nancy); Grandchildren Jessie (Chris Wood) Barry, Katelyn Barry, Carly Britton and Wesley Britton.
His family would like to thank the staff of St John's Home and LifeTime Care Hospice for their loving care.
Gordon (Reg) was born to Ralph and Ethel Britton on August 6, 1925, in Kingston, Ontario, near their cottage on Mudlunta Island in the 1000 Islands. He grew up in New Britain, CT, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Following his service, he attended Middlebury College and married Eleanor Doxsee, who he met one summer on Block Island. He served his country again in the Korean War.
In 1956, Reg and Eleanor moved to Rochester, NY, where Reg began working with his brother at R.H. Britton Machinery Sales. The Brittons were charter members of Hunt Hollow Ski Club and active in the Canandaigua and Rochester sailing communities. In 1971, Reg joined the Rochester Yacht Club, where he raced in a very competitive Soling fleet and served as Commodore from 1983-1984. In his last years, Reg could often be found at the RYC for meals with friends. He always had a great story to tell.
He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him.
Friends are invited to the Rochester Yacht Club for a reception to celebrate his life on Friday, April 4th at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Rochester Community Boating Foundation: 5555 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. To share a memory of Reg or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Mar. 23 to Mar. 30, 2014