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Mathew L. Gingold(1923 - 2014)

Gingold, Mathew L.

Rochester: Mathew L. Gingold, who spelled his name with one single "t" and went by the name Mat, also spelled with one single "t," died Monday, June 9, 2014. He waged a valiant struggle with restrictive cardiomyopathy and end stage renal failure for over 2 years and passed away Monday morning at his residence in the presence and loving care of his daughter Nancy and his wife Norma.

Born in Albany, NY on August 2, 1923, Mat was the son of the late Herman and Sophie Gingold. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Norma Weingrad Gingold and children, Nancy Gingold of Rochester, NY, Linda Gingold Seaman (and son-in-law, Martin Seaman) of Albany, NY, Joseph Gingold of Rochester, NY, as well as by his sister Lena Gleckel (Jack) of Albany, NY, and many nieces and nephews. Mat was predeceased by sisters, Molly Falkow Linden (Jacob & Jack) and Ethel Zimmerman (Jack).

Mat was a graduate from Albany High and the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a WWII veteran. He was a retiree from the Rochester Times Union, a Gannett Newspaper after working there for 35 years and was an active member of ITU, Local#15 (currently the CWA) for over 50 years, where he had been a representative of the executive board.

He was a dedicated member of Inspiration Lodge #109, F & A M for over 63 years, and was a Past Master and Past Chaplain. Mat was also a Past Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of the State of NY. He was a dedicated member for over 60 years of the Scotch Rite, AASR, and was a Past Thrice Potent Master and Past Sovereign Prince. Mat was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the Scotch Rite, AASR (known as a Red Cap recipient). His contributions to masonry also included participation and instruction at the school of rituals. He continuously participated as an active volunteer for Masonic sponsored charity events such as fund raising for the McDonald House of Rochester and his activities included being a Hospitaler for his lodge members and widows. As a dedicated blood donor, he developed collaborative Red Cross/all-county lodge blood drives. Mat started the foundation of the Masonic Times newspaper and worked tireless hours as an editor and typesetter. He was a long-time member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years and was the Scoutmaster for Troop 96 in Irondequoit, NY, as well as a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

Mat continued to display his dry sense of humor and famous smile until the end.

A Masonic Memorial service is being held in his honor at the Rochester NY Shrine Center, 979 Bay Road, Webster, NY at 3 PM on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Friends wishing to make contributions in his honor are asked to do so to the Inspiration Lodge #109 Brotherhood Fund or their favorite charity in his memory. Mat donated his organs and parts to the Eye and Human Parts Bank and his body to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on June 15, 2014
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