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Elbert C. Gay

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 9, 2020 @ 11:59 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

Elbert C. Gay, 80, of Lancaster, passed away on January 2, 2020 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. He was the loving husband of Carol J. (Chiesa) Gay for 59 years.

He was born in Johnsonburg, PA to Elbert Walter and Loretta Evelyn (Rosenhoover) Gay.

Elbert graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School, Johnsonburg, PA. After graduation, he served in the Navy. He proudly served from 1957-1963. Elbert was assigned to the USS Steinaker DD-863 and achieved the rank of Electronics Technician Second Class. He was deployed to the Mediterranean from February 1959 to September 1959.

He was employed as an Electrical Technician for RCA and enjoyed corporate travel to production plants in China and Mexico City.

Elbert and Carol enjoyed vacationing in Chincoteague, VA to observe bird migrations. He savored spending time with his two grandsons. His hobbies included fishing, fly tying, cooking and grilling to perfection, nature photography, birdwatching, raising monarch butterflies with his grandsons, and gardening.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three children: Bryan Gay of Lancaster, Lisa Fink, married to Ronald Fink, of Manheim and Stephanie Reindollar of Lancaster and two grandsons, Coleman and Gabriel Fink. He is also survived by his brother, Phil Gay, husband of Carol Stevenson, of Monkton, MD and sister, Juli Hagy, wife of Don, of Beavers Falls, PA.

The funeral service is private with Reverend Bernardo Pistone officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Elbert’s memory to St. Leo the Great Catholic School, Attention: Alan Schwartz, Director of Development, 2427 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601. Checks are to be made payable to “St. Leo the Great Catholic School”. Credit card donations are being facilitated by phone with Joe Cingle 717.394.1742.


Condolences for the family of “Elbert C. Gay”

Condolence from Bernadette and Robert A Washick, Sr. on January 9th, 2020 2:06 pm

With deepest sympathy to all of Elbert’s family. May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory on January 10th, 2020 9:01 am

James M Schatz

Sorry can’t make it to the funeral but I am doing therapy and have a hard time walking and sitting for long periods. Love all of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Bernadette

Condolence from DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory on January 10th, 2020 9:01 am

Betsy Lechner

Carol, this was such a shock for us. We are so, so sorry. Remember…we are here for you…just steps away.
I will make sure you have our phone numbers.
John and Betsy

Condolence from Bryan J Gay on January 10th, 2020 11:38 am

It is difficult loss for all. My teaching of morals, skills, and always do your best live with me every day and will continue till my demise. We had our good and bad moments for years, after the last 2 plus years we put that behind us to again be father and son I will live comfortably with that choice. My heart is a bit empty but his spirt will always be in there to keep it full. He will never be forgotten and I try every day to pass on a piece of his knowledge to teach people and try to make the world a better place with all of the real life values I hold lovingly and truthfully. I will do my best to spread wisdom as an Applications Engineer. Now that he is watching over me he will guide me further. Thank You dad! Hopefully we don’t meet soon but we will solve the problems then! XOXOXO. Will need a work bench to finish this all. Love you. Guess there is no e-mail but it was fun thanks!

Condolence from Jack Tomlinson on January 11th, 2020 2:46 pm

I have become friends with Phil and Brian and have had the opportunity to share memories of other family members. I lost my father a Navy UDT Vet 3 years ago and my mother this past August. I share the feelings for the entire family. God be with the family and cherish the memories because that’s the best thing that is passed on.

Condolence from Mary Beck on January 14th, 2020 1:09 pm

Bryan has been a friend for over 20 years and I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like he was a great guy with lots of interests and talents. Bryan, I see him reflected in who you are with many of the same attributes. Carol, my husband and I live close to you and will stop by to say hello this Spring when we are all out and about. My prayer is that God sustain you as you grieve and that you continue to cherish the memories and gift that Elbert was in your life. God bless, Mary

Condolence from Robert S Beck on January 14th, 2020 6:11 pm

Bryan, Although we have known each other since the 80’s, I am saddened by the fact I’ve never met your father. I feel as though I have missed an opportunity to meet a fine man who wore many hats….Veteran, Husband and Father. Your Father, who had shared many of his gifts of life with you. I can tell he was a man of excellent character because I know you and you are a reflection of your Father. God Bless. Bob

Condolence from Deanna Clayton on January 15th, 2020 7:01 am

Mr. Gay was our neighbor, friend, and part of our family for many years. Our dog Lily enjoyed his belly rubs. He and Mrs. Gay taught me so many things about birds, plants, and butterflies! I have many fond memories of our backyard conversations and will miss his warm smile and positive disposition.  I will always remember the first time I saw a hummingbird from their back deck and am grateful for the times I would find homegrown produce on my deck! Shane and I were blessed to have known him. Our hearts go out to his family…rest easy Mr. Gay, we love you.

Condolence from Louise and Clair Kreider Jr on January 16th, 2020 6:32 pm

Our hearts are filled with sadness for Carol and families. What a pleasure to formally live across the street form them. I remember shortly after we moved into our house and our grandchildren were there, he brought over a butterfly net for them. They used it often at our house. We also had many conversations after we had our yard work done. I was always jealous when he backed the Vette out of the garage and took it for a ride. We were blessed to have them as our neighbors. Thank you for your service, Elbert. We will cherish the memories.

Condolence from Jeff Wagner on January 16th, 2020 6:39 pm

So sorry for your family’s loss. I know Mr Gay will be truly missed. He was a great Scout master and generously shared his time and knowledge with all of us. To this day I still say being in the Boy Scouts was one of the best things I could have done while growing up. I will always remember the good times at all of our camp outs and the useful things Mr Gay taught us. Rest in peace.

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