Elmer Gifford

Elmer Edward Gifford

Thursday, August 20th, 1931 - Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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Elmer Edward Gifford, 87, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on August 20, 1931, in Hudson Falls, he was the son of the late Elmer and Madeline (Smith) Gifford.

Elmer served in the United States Army from 1951 till 1954 in Korea. Following his return from Korea he served in the Honor Guard in Washington D.C. He had a passion for serving in the Army and earned the title of Sergeant.

On June 2, 1954, Elmer married Dorothy Rabideau at St. James Catholic Church in Cadyville, NY by the Rev. Joseph Quinn.

Elmer was a communicant of the St. Michael’s Church in South Glens Falls for 55 years. He was a member of the Parish Council and a founding member of Knights of Columbus Council 11160 Rev. Robert A. Nugent. Elmer worked for Finch Pruyn Heating and Air Conditioning for 34 years in installation. In recent years he worked at F.W. Webb for 18 years as a HVAC Estimator.

He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, hunting, fishing, camping, wood working, reading, softball and especially spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Elmer was predeceased by his granddaughter, Bethany Petteys; his siblings, Jean (Ed) Brodie, Patricia Bruce and James Gifford; his brother-in-law, Earl Mattison.

Left to cherish his memory includes his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; his children, Daniel Gifford of Moreau, Linda Petteys and her husband, Michael of Gansevoort, Jon Gifford and his wife, Linda of Chester, NY; his grandchildren, Sara Buenaventura and her husband, Jason, Erin Lawrence and her husband, Ryan; his great-grandchildren, Clara, Luke, Adele, Ethan and Olive; his sister, Joyce Mattison; his brother-in-law, Clifford Bruce; his sister-in-law, Anne Gifford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 to 6pm on Monday, January 21, 2019, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Knights of Columbus are requested to meet at the funeral home at 5pm on Monday, January 21, 2019.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10am on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at St. Michael’s Church, 80 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY 12803, with the Rev. Guy A. Childs, officiating.

Rite of Committal will follow at 2pm at be at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY.

Memorial donations in Elmer’s memory can be made to St. Michael’s Church, 80 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY 12803
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 21st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, January 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
    80 Saratoga Avenue
    South Glens Falls, NY 12803
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    Rev. Guy A. Childs


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M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home

Posted at 02:07pm
Thinking of you and your family as the anniversary of Elmer's passing approaches.

Hazel Bruce Moore

Posted at 08:03pm
My sincerest sympathy, Dot. You will miss Sonny desperately, I'm sure. I last saw you at Pat's funeral and I was so glad to see you then. Life has been short; hasn't it? I just p;ray for your comfort and strength for these days and days ahead. I'm glad there is Comfort from above and I hope you experience it fully. With love, Hazel Bruce Moore, Cliff's sister.

Marie Drollette

Posted at 01:47pm
With love and hugs, Marie & Gary-Barb &Sonny
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Posted at 12:05pm
I worked with Elmer at Finch-Pruyn Heating,along with Ken Usher, during that time i learned a lot from Elmer not just in the heating business but every day life, he was easy going and explained things in detail, along with Elmer,Ray Dove, and Ken we had good years together, God Bless you Elmer,thanks for being a Friend
Bob Dubrule

June Rock

Posted at 05:56am
My deepest condolences Dorothy,for the loss of your husband Elmer. May his soul rest peacefully with the rest of your family.
Your cousin
June Rock

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