Philip E. Gotham, Sr., age 92, of Erie, peacefully slipped away in his sleep on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. His devoted family and cherished friends hold him in their hearts forever. He was born in Oil City, Pa. on November 30, 1920, son of the late Peltiah and Evelyn Womer Gotham. Phil was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church where he had previously served as Property Chairman. He was a graduate of Oil City High School and Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C. Phil was employed with General Electric Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1983 and had served as an officer in the G.E. Quarter Century Club. He had been a Boy Scout Leader, a member of Koininia of Erie County and had participated with the Erie Clowns. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving in Africa and Italy in WWII. Phil is survived by one son, Philip E. Gotham, Jr. (Penny); two daughters, Pamela Gennuso (John) of Fairview and Paulette DeAngelo (David) of Erie; eight grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Campbell Gotham, and one sister, Joan Schlosser. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2025 Eastern Avenue. The Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road, is handling funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Assn. of Erie, PO Box 11405, Erie, PA 16514. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2013