COAL TOWNSHIP — Francis Lamar "Moto" Gurski, 75, of 1389 Trevorton Road, passed away peacefully at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Mount Carmel Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel.
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He was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Coal Township, a son of the late Kathryn (Pianis) and John Gurski.
He was a 1956 graduate of Coal Township High School, where he excelled in football and was a member of the 1955 Eastern Conference Championship team. He attended and played football at Dayton University and Tulane University, and also attended Bloomsburg State Teacher's College.
He was married to Anita (Vottero) Gurski, who preceded him in death.
He worked as a business agent for the Laborers' Union Local 1180, Harrisburg, and worked as a laborer before becoming the business agent. He retired after working as the head of housekeeping at the Northumberland County Mountain View Manor.
He was a parishioner of Mother Cabrini Church and the former St. Stanislaus Church, Shamokin. He was a life member of the East End Fire Company, where he was a prominent member of the softball and basketball teams and served as a director of the East End Softball Tournament.
"Moto" was a longtime member and officer of the Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1987 and served as president for 12 years. The Hall recognized his committment to the area by naming its community service award in his honor. He was also the senior vice president of the Northeast region of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a fourth degree member of Shamokin Council 458 of the Knights of Columbus and served as a Grand Knight of the Shamokin Council, president of the Casey Club, Faithful Navigator of the Cardinal Mindszenty Council of the Fourth Degree, a district deputy representing the area Knights of Columbus, and was also a charter member of the Elysburg Knights of Columbus Council 14161.
A longtime Democratic committeeman of Coal Township Ward 4-2, Gurski served as president of the Coal Township Democratic Committee. He was a charter member and the only president of the local Notre Dame Football Subway Alumni Fan Club.
He assisted his longtime friend, Bernie Rumberger, in the collection of toys for the Santa Bernie Fund and was involved in charity breakfasts and fundraising events for numerous other charity organizations. "Moto" had a long-standing affiliation with the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library Christmas tree project.
He was the founder and head coach of the St. Stanislaus Condors, a founder of the Little Red Raiders football program, was an officer and active booster of the St. Stanislaus booster organization, and served as the athletic trainer at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, Coal Township.
He was a staunch advocate for Catholic education.
"Moto" was passionate about his community and his family, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, 9-year-old Sage Elizabeth, and 6-year-old Hunter Michael.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Michael F. and Jennifer Gurski, of Danville; a granddaughter, Sage Elizabeth; a grandson, Hunter Michael, and two sisters, Kathryn Krankoski, of New Jersey, and Louise Schetroma and her husband, Ed, of Mount Carmel.
In addition to his parents and the love of his life, Anita, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Gerome Gurski, Bernard Gurski and John Gurski, and a sister, Mildred Gurski.
GURSKI — Francis Lamar "Moto" Gurski, 75, of 1389 Trevorton Road, Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mother Cabrini Church, 200 N. Shamokin St. at Webster Street, Shamokin. Interment of his cremains will follow Mass in St. Michael's Cemetery, Coal Township. Family and friends are invited to call at the visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a Christian wake service at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township. As an expression of sympathy, the Gurski family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, Gurski Family Literacy Scholarship, 511 Ferry St., Danville 17821.
James Kelley Funeral Home
1001 W. Arch St.
Coal Township, PA 17866
Published in The News Item from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014