Gordon M. “Gordy” Quick, 69, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Gerald Henry and Dorothy (nee Snow) Quick.
Gordy will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend to many. After graduating from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colo., in 1965, with a degree in Design Metallurgy, he served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer officer in Vietnam. Gordon attended one semester at the University of Kansas after returning from Vietnam, but left due to war protests on campus. He always said he was proud to be an American and to have served his country. Subsequently, Gordy worked at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn., as a Metallurgical Engineer for 37 years. He and his wife Linda lived in South Windsor, Conn., before retiring to Punta Gorda in 2004, where he served as a director of the Burnt Store Lakes Property Owners Association from 2009 until 2012. Gordy also served on the golf handicap committee of the Burnt Store Golf and Activity Club, where he enjoyed much of his retirement golfing with good friends in the Over-the-Hill Gang golf league.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda; son, David (Samantha) Quick; grandsons, Gregory and Geoffrey Quick of Bellevue, Wash.; sister, Dorothy “Gerrie” Swart of Brighton, Colo.; brother- and sister-in-law, Michael and Joyce Jylkka of Punta Gorda; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or to the Burnt Store Golf and Activity Club (BSGAC), 24315 Vincent Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33955. Inurnment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla., at a later date. Please visit www.kays-ponger.com to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.