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David S. Gidley

David S. Gidley Cortez, FLDavid Sommers Gidley, 70, died suddenly on April 30, 2013 in Cortez, FL of an accidental drowning. Born November 2, 1941, David was born in Schenectady, NY, son of the late Harley J. Gidley and Barbara M. Gidley (Moynihan). He graduated from Niskayuna High School in 1960 and went on to obtain an appointment at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Marine Engineering in 1964. Following graduation, David sailed for two years as a Merchant Marine and achieved appointment in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign. He proudly wore his Kings Point class ring every day until the day he left this world. David worked for 19 years at the General Electric Company as a District Sales Manager in the Industrial Sales Division in Florham Park, N.J. Previous assignments with GE included sales manager in the Large Motor and Generator Department in Schenectady, NY, sales engineer in Farmington, CT, and Detroit, MI. After leaving GE, David worked for the Shrack Company and later for the Farr Company as VP of sales. David is survived by his four children, Barbara H. Drapola (Todd) of Phoenix, NY, Susan E. Arthur (David) of Baldwinsville, NY, Matthew P. Gidley (Kathy) of Atlanta, GA, and David C. Gidley of Baldwinsville, NY; and nine grandchildren. David is also survived by two sisters, Deborah Hogan (Wm. Norman) of Schenectady and Pamela Russell (Michael) of Sea Crest, NJ and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Harley J. and Barbara M. Gidley and by his brother, Peter A. Gidley. David was a sailor and a seaman. He loved the sea and was drawn to it all his life. He loved the outdoors and spent many enjoyable hours fishing and hiking in the Adirondacks. He retired to Cortez, FL and said it was the most beautiful place in the world and he would know as he traveled widely during his career. David desired no formal services. A memorial service for the family will be held at a future date. According to David's wishes, his ashes will be committed to the North Atlantic. Memorial contributions may be made in David's memory to the Kings Point Alumni Association USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, PO Box 222011, Great Neck, NY 11022.


Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on May 15, 2013
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