Walter Stetson Gifford

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Walter Stetson Gifford, age 54, of Cumming lost his three-year battle with cancer on April 20, 2011. He was born in Canonsburg, Penn., July 28, 1956, to the late Rev. Charles A. Gifford and Alma Canning Gifford. He graduated from Cannon McMillian High School in 1974, and served four years in the United States Navy. He was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, and Jacksonville, Fla. He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in West Mifflin, Penn., from 1983 to 1985. He was a sales engineer for the past four years for Cooper Power Systems in Suwanee. He also worked for Cooper Power Systems in Canonsburg, Penn., from 1979 to 1982.
He was president of the men's club of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming was involved in several activities at the church. He enjoyed his work, NASCAR, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Gifford.
He was married for 28 years to Jenny Powell Gifford of Houston, Penn., and had one son, Paul David Gifford, presently serving in the United States Navy. He had one brother, John (Maria) Gifford of Milton, Vt.; sisters, Ruth (Gary) Brown of Groveland, Fla., Joyce (Don) Wilson of Huntersville, N.C.; brother-in-law, David (Joyce) Powell of Washington, Penn.
He is also survived by nephews, Ryan (Natalie) Powell of Macedonia, Ohio, Mark Powell of Washington, Penn., Jeff (Carla) Waite and children, Celsey and Cody of Williamsburth, Mich., Greg Waite of Lexington, N.C., Marty (Ana) Waite, Marco and Giovanni Sgherza of Goveland, Fla., Scott (Sandra) Campbell, Jacob of Villa Rica, Trinity Abbott, Eli, Israel, Philip, Jeremiah of Ellijay, Kenny and Scott Klovonick of North Carolina, Jennifer (Randy) Kerns Abagail, Lillie, Felix of Canonburgh, Penn.; cousins, and many beloved friends also survive.
Funeral mass will be held Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Father Frank Richardson and the Rev. Mr. Don Nadeau officiating. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Home Sunday, April 24, from 5-9 p.m. and Monday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until hour of service.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Apr. 20 to Apr. 23, 2011
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