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Obituary: John C. Gorton Jr.

Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am

We are saddened to share that John C. Gorton Jr. passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023.

John has held many roles over the years, including beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, as well as respected community-member, co-worker and mentor, and will be missed by those whose lives he touched with his stoic strength and quiet humor.

John was born in Yonkers in 1947, raised in Peekskill, graduated from Northeastern, and reached captain in the National Guard. He moved to Buffalo in 1972 to open a new office for the engineering firm that became URS, helping to lead and grow the region for many years.

He was predeceased by Betty, his beloved wife of 40 years, and is survived by children Sally, Jim and Rebecca; grandchildren Kenzie, Nate, Ben, Finn and Zach; brothers Robert and Peter; and dear friend Jane Behrend.

A celebration of life is planned for June 24, from 2-4 p.m. in the atrium at 500 Seneca St., Buffalo. You are invited to join the family for a casual gathering to share fond memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the nonprofit “Grand Island Soccer Club,” PO Box 457, Grand Island, NY 14072, an organization John helped to grow over its first decades to serve his long-time home of Grand Island.

Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

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