Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY


Gordon H. Foster

September 16, 1946August 24, 2020

A private graveside service for Gordon H. Foster, 73, of Parishville will be held at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Gordon passed away on Monday evening (August 24, 2020) at Canton Potsdam Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to the Garner Funeral Service. Gordon was born September 16, 1946 to the late Clifford and Doris (Carrol) Foster. He attended Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. He spent a period of time working as a short order cook for some time in Potsdam before becoming a local contractor in the area for several years; he was involved with the building of the McDonald’s and the Edward A. Newell II Memorial Golden Dome in Ogdensburg, along with several residential homes. He took pride in all of his tools and enjoyed woodworking, collecting (German beer) steins, buying lottery tickets and was a cat lover. Gordon is survived by Sons Jeffrey and David Foster, daughters Pam and Wendy Foster, 3 grandchildren, a brother Larry (Beth) Foster, a sister Joan Hartzell and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, his longtime companion Jean Highberger, and brothers David, Robert and Glenn Foster. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Potsdam Humane Society at 17 Madrid Avenue; Potsdam, NY 13676. Thoughts, fond memories and condolences can be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.


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Joey Matthews

September 14, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of Gordon. A hard working man. God bless your family

Brian Tracey

September 1, 2020

Gordy, I have a hard time saying anything nice to you or about you, because that's the way we were. Always in jest on my part, pretty sure you were the same. I will miss our "banter". Good night Gordy, thanks for stopping in. I will miss you bud.

Tamie Kiniry

September 1, 2020

Crossed paths with Gordy but less than a dozen times at the local watering hole and yet I do remember his quick wit with some of the others there and how they loved him. He may have had a rough exterior but he was so highly spoke of and is recalled fondly by all I know, that knew him. Maybe an ol softy at heart. Condolences to his family and those that he loved.

Lori Ross

September 1, 2020

We crossed paths with Gordy many times over the last 20 years or so. He had strong opinions and was never shy about sharing them. We had some good chats in between the drawing of the QuickDraw numbers. He and my husband took to heckling each other every time they saw one another. It became kind of a contest on who could throw out the first rude comment - Gordy really liked to win this contest! He took to calling me "Saint Lori" followed by "I don't know how you do it . . ." I surely will miss Gordy.

Pamela Foster

August 31, 2020

Strong, stubborn , bullheaded , independent is some words to describe my father but under that tough exterior there was a tender hearted man , a giving man , a helpful man ,, one who like myself probably was over looked for having all these great qualities mixed into one person . Although I wasn’t close with my dad , he’s still my dad . and he didn’t always wear his heart on his sleeve I know he loved me as much as I did him . Our private conversations, our hugs and humor is what means the most to me . I cherish the memories and the times I did have with him that were too few and far between for a father daughter relationship. I know I get my strength from him and always try to find the positive in the hard things in life. Is there things I wished were different .. of course we all do in life. When he would always tell me hun I love you be good and I’d tell him I loved him and I’ll try to be good because let’s face it I have his genes so that’s a challenge . The hugs and the kisses on my cheek from him the past couple months helped get through the hard emotions of it all. we both knew that it is sometimes boring to always be good . He had that full grin and chuckle . What I’ve learned through so much of my life is the value of time with loved ones ... it is and always be the most important to me . I know he regrets not seeing his grandsons more through the years because when he did see them the past couple months he lit up and was full of smiles when they were around . I’m great full we were able to get him to move up here .. the last couple months I’ve had with him was very hard .. seeing him so sick and feeling so helpless . I knew I couldn’t get all the time missed fit in to the short time I knew I had left with him . I did what I could and what he would let me do. When he would see me cry and knew it was breaking my heart He would tell me “I’ll be ok” and try to hide how much he was really struggling . 💔❤️ Love you dad ❤️

Debbi TriDente

August 30, 2020

Gordy was always watching out for me when I tended bar, he always had his Gordy opinion and he was usually right!! He will be missed by so many Rest in peace my dear friend. Debbi TriDente

Nancy Farr

August 30, 2020

anybody that took the time to get to know him knew he had a good soul and a big heart...he was like a cactus all prickly on the outside but once you looked past that he was soft on the inside...ohhh there were days I just about choked that man...then there were days we played and joked around...then there were the days that my heart would break when he would be talking about someone or something and cry...Gordy even cried seeing me after the head on collision that I had with the basement floor in 09’ 🥰. R.I.P. in peace my friend...Gordy ... you will be missed

Geraldine Gould

August 30, 2020

Lots of memories with Gordy. At his little get together "retirement" party as people were leaving we all said good night Gordy see you tomorrow after work. He was a nice hard working man who loved his cats talked highly of his family and was a good friend. I will miss him

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