OBITUARY: Arnold Gilmor Ferdon Jr.
November 4, 1931 – July 4, 2012
Arnold Gilmor Ferdon Jr., beloved and devoted husband and father, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, FL on July 4, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
“Gil” was born to Arnold Gilmor Ferdon Sr. and Gladys Yvonne Ferdon on November 4, 1931 in Bronx, NY. He was raised in Cresskill, NJ and graduated from Tenafly High School in 1949. He then attended Clarkson College of Technology (known today as Clarkson University) in Potsdam, NY, was a member of Lambda Iota fraternity as well as the Clarkson football team. Gil earned his degree in Electrical Engineering, served in the United States Army, then returned to Clarkson to earn yet another degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gil was employed by Hoke Inc., for many years which eventually moved him and his family to Lake Tahoe, NV. In 1977 Gil and his wife, Kriss, started their own company, Measurement and Control Technology, Inc. (MAC Tech), and retired in 2003.
Lake Tahoe served as the perfect playground for him and his family as he loved the outdoors, enjoyed snow skiing in the winter and water skiing in the summer. Many summer days were spent in their boat creating laughter and memories with friends and family. He enjoyed working outdoors and took great pride in his property. His hard work was reflected on his beautiful, well manicured yard.
Gil was a wonderful and loving husband and “Buddy”, family man and father, gentle man of faith with a kind spirit, athlete, storyteller, mentor and friend. His stories were endless, his love unconditional, his humor unmatchable and his friendship true.
As a private pilot, Gil enjoyed flying, enjoyed his cars, golf and life. His stories will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gil leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Kristine Ferdon, and eight children: Deborah Balch (Michael), Richard Ferdon (Rita), Carol McManus (Scott), Donna Dunn (Bryan), Shelly Breeden (Drew), Kenneth Kuykendall (Puoy), Deidre Pieretti (John), Brian Kuykendall (Denae), 19 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. We will forever feel his presence in our hearts and thoughts and take comfort in knowing we will be together again.
A memorial service will be held August 1, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 900 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.