Theodore Gaskin

June 3, 1925December 28, 2020

Theodore Alfred Gaskin, 95, of Scarsdale, NY, met our Heavenly Father on December 28, 2020. Mr. Gaskin was born in Long Branch, NJ on June 3, 1925.

In the months after Pearl Harbor, while still in high school, at the age of 17, like many other young men of the day Ted and several of his friends went to Perth Amboy to enlist in the Marine Corps. Ted earned a position as a member the 1st Marine Raider Battalion (Edson’s Raiders), widely recognized as the first special forces in the United States military. They fought exclusively in the Pacific Theater. Ted trained at Parris Island and then fought in Guam among many other places in the South Pacific. While serving in Guam he was on combat patrol with eleven other Marines. One of them stepped on a land-mine and was killed instantly. As a result of the explosion Ted was blown off the side of a hill and suffered severe injuries. Both legs were broken, both shoulders were dislocated, and a hip was fractured. He was sent to recover on a hospital ship and was honorably discharged in 1945.

Ted attended Seton Hall University on the GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Education Administration from Columbia University. With a grant from the National Science Foundation he earned an additional Masters degree in Basic Sciences from the University of Colorado.

He taught in Pelham and at Marymount College. He was managing editor of My Weekly Reader, published by American Education Publications, and was Director of Science Programs for the Scarsdale School District. He held a patent for one of his science inventions. Ever the adventurer, Ted even earned his commercial pilot’s license.

On September 3, 1946 he married Alice Zahradnick.

Ted’s lifelong spiritual devotion led him to become ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church in 1991. He faithfully served at St Pius X in Scarsdale as well as serving as chaplain for the Scarsdale Fire and Police departments and the American Legion Scarsdale Post 52. He established a presidium of Legion of Mary and held the position of Spiritual Director. In addition, Ted was Curia president in charge of all Legion of Mary groups in Westchester.

Ted is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years and their three children, Jeffrey (Lisa) Gaskin, MaryBeth (James) DaBramo, Ted jr. (Louise) Gaskin and five grandchildren, Matthew Gaskin, Michael DaBramo, Miles Gaskin, Walt Gaskin, Cate Gaskin.

Calling hours: Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home 824 Scarsdale Avenue Scarsdale, NY

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:00 am St. Pius X 91 Secor Road Scarsdale, NY

Burial to immediately follow Mass: Mt Calvary Cemetery 575 Hillside Avenue White Plains, NY

In Lieu of flowers:

Mass Cards in Ted’s name may be made at St. Pius X Church

Donations in Ted’s name may be made to:

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 909 North Washington Street Suite 400 Alexandria, VA 22314

Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516


  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, January 2, 2021

  • Gravside Service

    Saturday, January 2, 2021


Theodore Gaskin

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Cecily Goodman

January 1, 2021

I remember the times, long ago, when we were young.
My deepest sympathy to Alice and the family.

Nora Kanze Manuele

January 1, 2021

Mr. Gaskin always made me feel welcome at St. Pius X Church. We enjoyed reminiscing about the days when he taught with my father at North White Plains Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers are with him, Mrs. Gaskin, his family, and his church family.

Cash Jones

January 1, 2021

Ted was responsible for recruiting me into Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 many years ago, along with several others. He also selected our son Kevin to go to the American Legion Boys State Conference, which was a very special event in his youth. Ted affected many, many people in very positive ways. Our condolences to his wife Alice and his family.

Maggie Kanze Silton

December 31, 2020

Mr Gaskin was my sixth grade teacher (1965-66) at North White Plains Elementary School. He was a fine teacher and a respected colleague of my father’s. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Marlene Stabin

December 31, 2020

May Mr. Gaskin rest in peace. In reading his obituary, I learned what a wonderful giver he was. I had him as a teacher in 6th grade at North White Plains Elementary School. 48 years ago. I remember how much I enjoyed my year in his class. May our Lord Jesus wrap his family in love and comfort.