Edward S. Gill

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June 29, 1921-Feb 3, 2016. Beloved father, compassionate teacher, lover of Nature, friend to man and beast... Edward S. Gill will be greatly missed by many. As valedictorian at his local high school in Keokuk, Iowa, he won a scholarship to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, where he majored in Chemistry. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps for training in Meteorology, and served in various administrative posts during World War 11 with the Weather Squadron. While stationed at the Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia airfield, he met and married Ruth Ash in 1945. He island-hopped from Horn Island to Jacky Jacky to Biak Island to Manila and finally to the Administrative Head-quarters in Tokyo. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, Ed continued in the Air Force Reserves as a Major and instructor. His career in Clinical Chemistry began in Clifton Springs, N.Y. managing the lab at the local hospital and clinic. In the 14 years he lived in this small village with his family, he was a vital part of the community. Although he served his church in leadership roles in each town where he lived, his greatest volunteer service was to St. Johns Episcopal Church in Clifton, where he acted as Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden, Sunday School Superintendent, chorister, and where he cranked out the weekly newsletter on the old mimeograph. He was instrumental in building from scratch the first Parish Hall there. Ed also served on the YMCA Board, was copresident with his wife of the PTA, was elected President of the Rotary Club, stayed active as counselor with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed baseball and hot dogs with the home team. In 1962 Ed moved to East Aurora, NY to head the Chemistry Dept. at the then 1,000 bed VA Hospital in Buffalo. There he introduced a Med Tech Program for students at the University of Buffalo, who often continued on to work with him in the VA Lab. He received the coveted Somogyi-Sendroy Award for "outstanding contributions" to the clinical chemistry profession. In 1986 he retired to Hartwell, Georgia, where the State of Georgia awarded him a certificate of recognition for his work on the environment. He was very active in maintaining Hart Park and the shoreline of Hartwell Lake and owing to his passion for Nature, for years picked up litter along a 2-mile stretch of highway in that area. He was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hartwell. Above all, Edward "Poppo" Gill was a family man. As a boy he was the one to decorate the family Christmas tree. He was our family doctor, too; "Doctor Daddy" always knew what to do in an emergency; he was fix-it man, the pancake cook, the veggie gardener extraordinaire, and the patient father who returned home each eve, no matter how weary, to bring a sense of calm to a raucous household. Pop always walked his talk, and will be forever admired for the legacy he recorded in his 50th Cornell Class Reunion program, which read: "I hope I will be remembered as a good husband and father, whose choices and conduct in life have been based on truth, fairness, and service to others, with high ethical standards, good will and relationships; as friend of the earth, its people and the environment." Dear Pop, you've exceeded the mark in our eyes! Ed is survived by his son David (Barbara J.) of Clifton Springs, his daughter Kit(Jack) of Boulder, Colorado, his daughter Barbara(Mark) Parsons of Bradenton, Florida, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grands. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W in Bradenton on Feb.21, 2016 at 1 P.M. Contributions may be made to Christ Church, or a .

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Christ Episcopal Church
4030 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Feb. 14, 2016
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