Gary D. Corson

Gary D. Corson, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at St. Vincent's Hospital with his daughter Susie Corson by his side.

Gary was born on July 13, 1941, to the late Valere Corson Dutton in Bridgeton. He later relocated to Bangor, Maine, and then to Jacksonville, Fla., to be with his daughter Susie. He proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he became of member of Laborer's Union 415. He worked in construction most of his life. Aside from work he was a loving father, son, brother, grandfather and uncle. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time enjoying nature, fishing, hunting and being on the bay. He loved animals, especially his dog Gigi. He enjoyed his Harley-Davidson and in his younger years rode it across country.

He is survived and missed by his daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy Corson of Maine, Sherry and Dale Allan of Tennessee, Susie Corson and Chuck Sikes of Florida, and Brenda and Alex Kele of New Jersey; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Shauna Merritt of Colorado; ex-wife, Suzanne Corson of Maine; stepsons, Brian, Anthony and Micheal Delvecchio of New Jersey; sisters, Ramona Merritt, Valerie Erwin and her fiance Patrick Erickson of New Jersey; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Alice Dutton, Les and Tracey Dutton, Paul Dutton and Patricia Corson, all of New Jersey; as well as 11 grandchildren; 15 nieces and nephews; and lifelong best friends, Joesph and Iva Zanni of New Jersey. He is predeceased by his loving parents, Valere Corson Dutton and stepfather Albert C. Dutton; brothers, Glendon Corson, Ralph Mason Dutton; and daughter, Dawn Corson.

A private service for immediate family will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. A memorial service for family and friends will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

Please send all condolences to Susie Corson and Family, 2943 Christopher Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217; or Valerie Erwin and Family, 1870 Silver Run Road, Millville, NJ 08332.

Published in The Daily Journal on Nov. 14, 2012