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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thomas A. Gusick, 99, of Coudersport, PA

Thomas A. Gusick, 99, of Coudersport, PA passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on March 27, 1910 in Shamokin, PA he was the son of Anthony and Mary York Gusick. On October 17, 1934 in Coudersport he married Ruth A. Gross, who passed away on June 13th of this year.

Tom was educated at St. Stanislaus School in Shamokin. He had worked as a weaver at the Eagle Silk Mill and later at the Luke Fiddler Coal Breaker. He later worked in New Jersey with the Western Electric Co., was a supervisor for a repair shop, and worked for an ice cream company. In 1933 Tom moved to Coudersport and began working with the Civilian Conservation Corps where he was head cook at Camp S-89, Company 327 in Conrad until 1934.

In 1941 Tom began working at the Brownhill and Kramer Hosiery Mill. In 1943 he was inducted into the U. S. Army, serving during World War II in the S. W. Pacific Theater. Following his discharge from the U. S. Army, Tom went back to work at Brownhill and Kramer. In the early 1960’s he began his employment as head custodian at the Coudersport Elementary School where he retired in 1975. Tom also worked for Art Menschel delivering flowers and was a part time bus driver for Ernie Mericle.

Tom was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church. He was a life member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, the Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460, and VFW Post 6611 of Galeton. In 1971 he was appointed to the board of the Coudersport Borough Authority.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and three brothers, Stanley Gusick, Florean Gusick, and Albert Gusick and a sister, Margaret Organek.

Friends may call from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Tuesday at St. Eulalia Catholic Church with Reverend James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 E. Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Anonymous said...

He was on 99 and 2/3 of the way to 100. He almost beat the game.

Anonymous said...

you will be missed, but you led a very full life. more than most of us ever knew, many fond memories of being in school when you where there. cleaning erasers and being told to do a good job and dont stick that chalk in between the folds of the erasers the teachers dont like it. you will be missed!

Anonymous said...

How well I remember being a child and what a big deal it was to go down to the basement in the elementary school and help Mr. Gusick clean the blackboard erasers. He may not have had any children of his own, but he was certainly loved by so many of us kids during the 60's and 70's from the Coudersport Elementary School.

May you rest in peace Mr. Gusick.
~Kim B.

Shelley Long Butler said...

Mr. Gusick was a great guy. I have a lot of fond memories of him from school and especially from his sub bus driving days..too many times in the ditch but it was fun!

Anonymous said...

Tommy was one of the veterans honored at Sweden Valley Manor last week during their Veterans Day - so glad he was able to be there.

Anonymous said...

I bet he could tell you some stories of his long life...wouldnt they be interesting? god's speed Mr. Gusick.

Anonymous said...

He was affectionately known as "Mr. Goosey" by the littlest of the kids at school who couldn't say Mr. Gusick. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Gusick was my favorite janitor growing up. He never had a cross word to say and was always the kindest to all of the kids. He touched many kids' lives going through school and was a living legacy of what kind of life we should all strive to lead. God bless you and thank you for all the wonderful childhood memories. I hope all the kids that hold special memories of him to honor him at his memorial service.