Thomas Gorthey

Thomas Clarence Gorthey

Monday, June 13th, 1932 - Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Fort Edward

Thomas C. Gorthey, 87, passed away peacefully with his wife and son by his side on Friday April 17, 2020, at his home.

Born in Gloversville on June 13, 1932, he was the son of the late Clarence and Rebecca (Ballweber) Gorthey.

He graduated high school from Broadalbin High School. After graduation, he went to Syracuse College and received a dual degree in BS / BA in Forestry. Thomas was employed by New York EnCon as a Forester in Warrensburg and later as a Supervisor in Watertown.

In 1952, Thomas enlisted in the United States Navy as an Aircraft Mechanic and served his country for 3 years.

Thomas married the love of his life Margaret Etu in 1966 in Maine.

He enjoyed listening to Scottish music, was an avid dog lover and enjoyed taking his dogs for walks. Thomas was also a member of the Adirondack Pipe Band as a Bag Piper.

Along with his parents, Thomas is predeceased by his brother, Norman Gorthey.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 53 years, Margaret Gorthey, children, Mark Gorthey, David (Alison) Gorthy, Darren (Jacqueline) Gorthey, Sean (Sarah) Gorthey, grandchildren, Hunter, Gillian, Mason, Sophia, Violet, Thomas, Margaux, Quinn, ReeAnn, and Logan, sisters, Carol (Joe) Bokel, Kathy Gorthey, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, a memorial service and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all the healthcare workers for making it possible for Thomas to stay home with his family. Also, a special thanks to Sue for all that you’ve done and never giving up on him.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. To view Thomas’s Book of Memories and post online condolences please visit
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Richard Cipperly

Posted at 09:51am
Tom was my mentor in the Conservation Department when I started employment in 1964 in the brand new office in Warrensburg. Tom was helpful, knowledgeable and a friend for the years we worked together there. Tom was a good forester and was able to share sound advice with landowners we assisted as a part of the state program. A real dog lover, he would use his knowledge of dogs to gain trust and respect in accepting advice on managing lands. We spent many days, winter and summer, marking timber for sale; experience I still use to this day. We all moved on from Warrensburg, Christmas parties at the old Colonial Arms Hotel and quiet times in the office there. Those are the great memories we will always have.
Please be sure to notify SUNY-ESF of Tom's passing; the college will want to be sure and include a notice in the Alumni newsletter.
Richard Cipperly, Queensbury

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