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Gordon C. Light, 81, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at his home.Born in Schenectady he was the son of the late William and Mae (Belouin) Thimineur. Gordon attended LaSalle Military Academy in Troy, and graduated from Nott Terrace High School. He attended Simmons School of Embalming and received a degree in Mortuary science as a funeral director.He served his residency with Light's Funeral Home, Inc. in 1958, becoming a licensed funeral director in 1959.In 1962 Mr. Light moved to Ellenville and was Manager of Loucks Funeral Home, Inc. for one year. In 1963 he was employed as a director for Havey's Funeral Home in Yonkers, NY, were they sent him to the Order of the Golden Rule Management School in Chicago. Upon return, he became Manager of Havey's Funeral Home until 1967.In 1967, Mr. Light was appointed Secretary/Treasurer of Light's Funeral Home, Inc. Schenectady until 1974 when he became owner and president of the funeral home.Mr. Light is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 201 and was elected the youngest Grand Knight ever for the 1971 and 1972.He has been a member of Schenectady Kiwanis since 1968 and has worked on many committees. He was a part of a group to start the first Auto Show in Schenectady at the Schenectady Armory.He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Assn., a member of the New York State Funeral directors Assn., and past president for the years 1971 to 1973 of the Schenectady County Funeral Directors Assn.He was a member of the Federated Funeral Directors of America. He was a member of the former Schenectady County Deputy Sheriffs Assoc. and President in 1973 and 1974.He was a chairman of St. Claire's building fund drive in 1972-1973. Also a sustaining member of the New York State Chiefs of Police. Assoc.He was a former member of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce. A member of the American Cancer Golf Day Committee in 1976, 1977, and 1978. (Fund raising).He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Annie Schaffer Senior Citizens Center and past president for over 36 yrs retiring in 2000. Mr. Light also served on the committee to build Schaffer Heights and the purchasing the former Sealtest Plant for the Senior Center.He was formerly on the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Home for Women. He served as President for two years. He was on the Board for 40 years, retiring on January 2012.Mr. Light is a former member of the Edison Club and a member of the 27th Division association, Inc.He is former member of the Mohawk Club and a former member of the Board of Trustees. He also was elected to the Board of Directors of The Village Meadows Condominium Assoc. in 2011 where he resided. And served as Vice President.Mr. Light has also served on many sub-committees for his church and many charitable organizations. Mr. Light was elected to the Schenectady City Council in 1980 and serviced four years as a councilman. As a councilman Mr. Light was chairman of all claims brought against the City of Schenectady. He also served on the Parks and Recreation committee.Mr. Light has been a funeral director for over 58 yrs. serving the needs of Schenectady's families. Mr. Light retired on Jan 1, 2004 from Light's Funeral Home.Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janet F. (Kopec) Light of Niskayuna; two daughters, Dana (Glenn Schneider) Light of Rotterdam, Deborah Beatty of Clifton Park; one son, Daniel (Kelly) Light of Scotia; one sister, Marilyn (Manny) Aragosa of Glenville; one grandson, Sean Beatty of Boulder, CO; one granddaughter, Hallie Beatty of Clifton Park; also many nieces and nephews. At the request of Gordon, Private Graveside Services will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Schenectady.A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish formerly Our Lady of Fatima Rosa Rd Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. It has been requested by Gordon that there be no viewing hours.If desired contributions may be made to Community Hospice 445 New Karner Rd Albany, NY 12205.Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Pine St., Chestertown, NY 12817.

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Published in The Daily Gazette on Sept. 1, 2018
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