Gail E. Burdick
1946 - 2020
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ANDOVER - Gail E. Burdick, 73, passed away on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a battle with cancer.

Gail was born on Dec. 5, 1946 in Wellsville to Howard and Cora (White) Burdick. A 1965 graduate of Andover Central School, he served in the United States Army from 1967-1969. On May 29, 1971, he married his childhood friend, Rose A. Reynolds, who survives.

His colorful work-life started on the family farm in Elm Valley. He also spent 35 years at Frontier Communications where he wore many different hats. He developed lifelong friendships with many of his coworkers at Frontier. Gail was also the first employee at Southern Tier Express starting in 1972, where he trucked all over the country and into Canada. This was his favorite career and hobby and he so enjoyed being "on the road again." His final trip was just this past February.

In addition to his wife of 49 1/2 years, Gail is survived by three daughters, Jewels Burdick of Manitou Springs, CO, Amy Holdren of Vienna, Va., and Jill Zoll-Burdick of Buffalo; an "adopted son", Gary Goldstein of Rochester; three sons-in-law, David Greenhalgh, Scott Giambattista, and Eric Zoll; and three grandchildren, Emily Rose Holdren, Samarra Zoll, and Leif Zoll. This list would be incomplete if it did not include the many "adopted girlfriends" of his three daughters. He sadly lost his younger brother, Gary Burdick in an accident at the farm when they were young.

Gail loved exploring the world, especially road trips with his wife (and cat) in their camper. Some of his favorite destinations were Vegas-Baby, Hawaii, Colorado, and Alaska with his life-long friend Art Mills in their Model A's. He had countless trips to visit his daughters' houses where he joyfully worked on "daddy-do lists". Gail truly had a helper/giver mindset and was also known as "funny Gail" for his innate ability to make people laugh.

Per Gail's wishes, there will be no services at this time. A graveside service with full military honors will take place at a future date. Burial will be in Valley Brook Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.

Memorial contributions in Gail's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Nov. 1, 2020.
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January 15, 2021
The obit mentioned Gail's innate ability to make people laugh. On many occasions Gail sat with me on Bus 13. Yes, he could lighten things up! He had a knack of taking songs and inserting his own words, which made them super funny. He'd come up to our house or my brother and I to his and play basketball on the floor of the hay mow, or whatever. I have a lot of respect for Gail and the fondest of memories of him. The last tine I saw him was over pizza at Top's in Wellsville, in 1995, where I introduced him to my wife. I can't remember what was said exactly, but there was laughter involved. He made a favorable first impression on my wife. He was proud of his daughters, whom I had asked him about, bringing me up to speed to where they were, what they had accomplished and what they were doing.
Tim Wahl
Neighbor
November 3, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Gails’ passing, I remember his kindness and spirit. He was a true friend and like many from the valley, a hard working, honest man, with a unique sense of responsibility and family. Gail and I were classmates and upon graduation, we served our country. May you Rest In Peace My Brother!
Robert Gail Smith
Classmate
November 3, 2020
Rose, Amy and Jill,
There are no words adequate to express the sadness my soul felt at the death of your husband and father. You were such a great family to work with and I enjoyed your friendship immensely. May God hold you in the palm of His hand throughout this time and the days and weeks to come. Much, much love Joanie Gelatt
joan Gelatt
Teacher
November 1, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for your loss to your family.
Gail was a friend of the family and a good friend of my brother Buck (Don) Price. We remember him as being a super nice guy. Always made people around him happy. Never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. Your family and Gail will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Dennis / Teresa Price
Rochester NY
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