unknown - May 4, 2013
After a brief illness, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, 1000 islander, hockey coach, world traveler and avid outdoorsman Gerald “Pete” McGill passed away on May 4, 2013. He was 79. Formerly of Saranac Lake and Baldwinsville, Pete has resided in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., since 2003.
Pete is survived by his wife of over 50 years Barbara. He has two sons, Captain Tim McGill of Jax Beach and Mike McGill of Binghamton NY. He has two daughter in- laws; Laura McGill of Jax Beach and Alison Jensen Senft of Endicott NY. Pete has five beautiful grandchildren; Anna, LeighAnne, Thomas, Kelly and Michelle. Pete is survived by 4 siblings; Howard McGill, Carol Williams, Donna Law and Jackie Van Cour.
Born in 1934, Pete was raised in Saranac Lake NY. While growing up Pete spent many of his days hunting and fishing in the Adirondack Park. He continued to hunt and fish his entire life. After graduating from Saranac Lake High School he served in the USN’s submarine service until 1959. After the service Pete attended SUNY Plattsburg, graduating in 1962 with a degree in elementary education.
Pete and Barb lived in Baldwinsville from 1962 to 2003 where he taught fifth and sixth grade at McNamara, Reynolds and Ray schools. Pete was a gifted teacher. To this day his former students talk of how much he cared for them. They tell stories of a man who really made a difference in their lives. Pete loved hockey. He was a talented player, referee and coach. He was one of the founding members of the Baldwinsville High School Ice hockey club.
Pete loved spending summers at his cottage on Grenell Island in the Thousand Islands and spending his winter traveling the world with Barb.
There will be a memorial service on June 24 in Jacksonville. Pete will be buried in the Jacksonville veteran’s cemetery. Contributions in Pete’s memory can be made to the Northeast Florida Community Hospice, 4114 Sunbeam Rd, bldg. 400, Jacksonville Fla. 32257.