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Guffner, Gordon

Guffner, Gordon

FAIRPORT – Passed on January 8, 2018 at age 83. Predeceased by parents, John & Mable Guffner and brother John Guffner. Survived by wife of 55 years, Sharon (Gourlay); children Melissa Guffner-O’Bara (Gino Vaccaro) and Holly (Tom) McAllister; grandchildren Kaitlin & Konnor O’Bara, Bobby & Zachary Whitehead; great-grandson Roland; loving friend Elizabeth Saunders; faithful canine companion Bentley; also several other family members.

Gordon was a passionate educator & a well-loved professor of engineering at Buffalo State College. He also taught abroad in Malaysia. He was a kind, gentle, funny, selfless man who enjoyed woodworking, photography & traveling.

Calling hours Tues 2-4pm at Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, Inc. 7501 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd. (Egypt location), Fairport. A celebration of his life will be held Wed. 12 noon at St. John of Rochester Church, Fairport. Entombment Ascension Garden Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Lawrence Herko Posted January 14, 2018 8:53 pm

    My condolences to the family. When I read the obituary this morning I could’t get the name out of my head. I knew Gordon and I had crossed paths somewhere. I finally figured it out when I found his photo in a 1968 yearbook from Erie County Technical institute where I was a freshman and Mr Guffner taught Mechanical Technology. I was one of his students, and thanks in part to him I and ended up with a 34 year career at Xerox.

    • Melissa Guffner Posted January 16, 2018 2:28 am

      Thank you Lawrence, this means so much hearing my father taught you and that you are successful. He loved teaching and his students really mattered to him.

  • Rose Townsend Posted January 16, 2018 7:38 pm

    He was a man that always had a smile on his face. I never saw him angry. He loved his family unconditionally. He was loyal and dedicated. He was loved dearly. I will miss him truly.

  • Abe and Natalie Forman Posted January 19, 2018 7:26 pm

    My husband and I spent numerous times with Gordy and his family and friends.. We visited them in Buffalo and Florida and enjoyed seeing the wonderful things Gordy made for his friends and family. We still have the angel he made to watch over us in our new home in VA. We wish his entire family our deepest heartfelt regrets and sympathy for the loss of this gentle man.

    our deepest regrets and sympathy. With love

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