DUNEDIN, Fla. Arnold Gordon Abramson "Gordy", 83, of Dunedin, Fla., for twenty plus years, passed away on September 4, 2013.
He was born October 20, 1929, in Laurium, to Carl Arnold Abramson and Lila Elizabeth (Oger) Abramson. Gordy was raised in Alston, Mich. and was the second of five children; sister, Joyce Elaine (Jalmer) Kangas; brothers, Carl Gerald (Donna) Abramson, Ronald Marvin Abramson (1933-1936) and John Alfred (Carol) Abramson. He has a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (Eric) Abramson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and their extended families.
Special thoughts for Richard C. Abramson (May 1958-March 1995).
Gordy graduated from Baraga Township High School in 1946 and did odd jobs for the US Forestry Service for the next year. Between 1947 and 1950 he sailed for eight and a half months on the Str. Charles W. Galloway. He applied for and received his Able Seamen certification and went on to be Watchman. In April 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and became part of the First Armored Division.
After basic training, he was assigned to Fort Benning, Ga. for leadership and weapons training. In April 1952, he was part of "Operation Longhorn" and volunteered in May to go to Germany. When he arrived in Germany on the troop ship he saw the "White Cliffs of Dover." He also came to love the German beer, food and the ladies! He was discharged in 1953 and returned to sailing on the Great Lakes- his true love- first as a Watchman on the William F. Stifel, under Capt. McSorley, then was later promoted to Wheelsman.
He enrolled at Michigan State on the Korean GI Bill, worked his way through college- good memories of Montie's Bar and of driving with friends to 1956 Rosebowl game! He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Engineering.
After graduating he worked at the American Can Company, Menasha, Wis., where he met Barbara Ann Endter. The two were married in 1961. He and Barbara moved to Addison, Ill., then Dallas and Irving, Texas, where he sold steel.
After their divorce, Gordy moved to McHenry, Ill., and continued to sell steel for Jervis Webb in Suburban Detroit and then with Republic Steel. He went back "home" to the U.P. of Michigan for a short time, a stint in Las Vegas, Nev. and finally to Dunedin, Fla. where he lived in the Honeymoon Trailer Park. He retired with ten years of service as tender for the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge until it was demolished in 2005, he enjoyed this job immensely as it brought him back to "sailing days." After that he did odd jobs until his "official retirement."
He enjoyed many fun times in Florida and many laughs with Mark and Lynn Whittle.
An October Memorial service is being planned for the U.P. of Michigan.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW Post 7646 of Alston, Mich., in Gordon's name.
Cheers to you, Gordy, and God Bless! You will be missed!