Gordon C. Tappan

Gordon C. Tappan, 87, of Phoenix, NY died on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY with family by his side. Gordon had taken a fall on October 13, in his residence/business inside the building.

Born in Syracuse,on June 26, 1930 to his late parents, Ardus G. (Kratzer) and Clifford H. Tappan. Residing in Baldwinsville, he grew up with horses, competing in shows.
he graduated Baldwinsville Academy, class of 1950. He served three years in the 174 th Air National Guard, Mattydale. Always a worker, he hauled coal, oil and milk, contents were not the same truck. He joined the Seneca River Masonic Lodge # 160, Baldwinsville. *A side note. Gordon is a descendant of the late John McHarrie, an early
inhabitant who settled on the South side of the Seneca River, whose daughter Lydia, married Col. Gabriel Tappan, the first town of Van Buren Supervisor.

With the help of Mary Anne’s dad, Joe Glanville, Gordon enrolled into Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. They married on June 6, 1952. They began raising a family in 1953. he studied and eventually received his funeral directors license
1955. That same year they bought a house in Phoenix, and moved from the hamlet of Lysander to Phoenix. The history of the firm can be found on the funeral home website.
In 1961 Gordon bought the Allanson-Glanville Funeral Home and added his surname, Tappan, moved to Main St. in 1963.

A longtime member of the First Congregational Church serving as Deacon, Trustee, and Head Usher. a charter member of the Phoenix Lions Club, serving as secretary, treasurer, and past president. He and the late Raymond Olds first co-chaired the annual Lions Christmas Basket Program. Gordon was the chairman of the annual Crop Walk event; a member of the Schroeppel Historical Society. Gordon had been a Village of Phoenix Trustee, deputy mayor; Phoenix Public Library President since 1968. Many other activities he was a part of. He loved serving his community and sharing the
experiences with others who were doing the work.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Mary Anne (Glanville) Tappan, who died on April 27, 2017.

Surviving are his children Douglas G. (Lisa M.) Tappan, Saralyn “Sunny” (David A.) Van Auken, Charles J. Tappan (Patti Young); four grandchildren Tricia A. Van Auken, Janine M.(Paul M.) Sabo, Geoffrey D. Tappan (Bridget Burnett), Elissa R. Tappan; two
great-grandchildren Dylan M. Sabo and Emily M. Sabo; his “little sister” Marlette A. Frye of CA; nephew Steve Sickler of OR; nieces Pam Kruse and Sue Tobler both of CA; grandnephews Robert and Tommy Kruse; grandnieces Lauren and Natalie Sickler, and Montana Tobler; cousins John (Pat) Tappan and Molly Tappan and their children Josh, Aaron, and Jonathan Tappan.

Calling hours are on Tuesday October 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. ,
Wednesday November 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Allanson- Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

An additional calling hour will be on Thursday November 2, in
First Congregational, UCC (church) from 10 to 11 a.m..
The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Stan
Bennett and Pastor Karen Marshall officiating. Burial after
the service in Riverview Cemetery, 70 Tappan St., Baldwinsville.

Contributions in Gordon’s memory to: First Congregational, UCC;
Phoenix Lions Club; Phoenix Public Library, Schroeppel Historical
Society; Callimachus Masonic Lodge, # 369 F & A M, Phoenix.

8 thoughts on “Gordon C. Tappan

  1. So sorry for your family’s untimely loss of Gordon, he was a sweet man , a icon in the community he will be greatly missed but leaves behind a great legacy..

    Deborah woolridge

  2. Thinking of you and your family ‘Chickie’ – childhood memories of Phoenix and what special people the Tappan family were.

    Gwen Tillapaugh-Fay

  3. Have been out of town and just read this online. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Your parents were good people and they raised good people. That is their legacy. God Bless you all.

  4. Doug, Sunny, Chickie and families…….So sorry to hear of your loss. Gordon was an awesome person and a huge part of the community. He met many people at the hardest of times for them and was so supportive and understanding. Thinking of you all.

  5. I was just looking at Robert Jarvis obit and saw your Dads name. He was so kind and gracious. Thank you to him and you Doug for helping us get through our Mothers services. No matter how many years we had our parents, it’s still very sad and heartbreaking. Looks like a big family to carry on holidays with.

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