Gordon W. Visseau “beloved husband, son, father and grandpa”
BOLIVAR, N.Y.---Gordon W. “Gordie” Visseau, 69, a lifelong resident of Bolivar, passed away with his loving family by his side on Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, from complications of surgery.
Born on Saturday, September 16, 1950 in Buffalo, he was a son of Robert G. and Margaret “Margie” Sutherland Visseau. On June 17, 1978 in Bolivar, he married Kathleen S. “Kathy” Sherwood, who survives.
He was a graduate of Bolivar High School, Class of 1968. Gordie honorably served in the US Navy in the Vietnam War attaining the rank of BT2. From 1968 to 2005, he was employed by the City of Olean, retiring as a street/sewer maintainer. After retiring from the city, he was employed part time by Sisson’s Chainsaws and Stoves in Bolivar.
Gordie was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a former member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192. He was a very active member of the Potter County Guard, where he also served as a past treasurer. He was a member and past president of the Bolivar/Richburg Sports Boosters. An avid hunter and fisherman, he especially enjoyed the times spent with his father in these pursuits. He was a member of the Alma Rod and Gun Club and a former member of the Richburg Rod and Gun Club. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years; his mother of Bolivar; two daughters, Kelly J. (Hank) Kellogg of Whitesville and Michele L. Visseau of Bolivar; four grandchildren, Kaylee S., Madison R., Hunter J. and Sasha; a brother, Michael R. (Kathy) Visseau of Shinglehouse; several nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Loren Bernard of Ceres.
In addition to his father, Gordie was predeceased by a sister, Suzanne “Suzie” Bernard.
Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020, with the Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Oswayo, Pa.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, 1364 Route 44S, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Potter County Honor Guard, Attention M. DeLong, 1364 Route 44S, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Gordie’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Gordie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.
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