Vol. 111 - Issue 14, Thursday, April 2, 2009
Gary T. Sikkema
Gary T. Sikkema, age 56, of Public Landing Road, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 27, 2009, in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was born on January 15, 1953 in Cooperstown, son of Janet M. McCarty Sikkema and the late Frederick J. Sikkema. A lifelong resident of Springfield, he was a graduate of Springfield Central Schools and SUNY Cobleskill.
Gary was first employed by the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway and worked his way up to the position of Engineer. He retired from railroading in 2005, after thirty years of dedicated service. Currently he was the owner and operator of Pathfinder Realty in Springfield.
He served as Councilman of Springfield and had also served on the Planning Board. Gary enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating and photography. He will be remembered as a kind, fun loving man and devoted father who was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his children. He took great pride in watching and encouraging them to grow to become all that they could be. His laughter and gift of story telling will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his mother, Janet Sikkema of E. Springfield; one son, Lucas Sikkema of Springfield; two daughters, Amanda Sikkema and fiancÚ James Patenaude of E. Springfield, and Ashley Sikkema of Oneonta; his former wife, Laura Carter Sikkema of Springfield; two brothers and their wives, John and Ann Sikkema, and Richard and Ann Sikkema all of Phoenix, AZ; one sister, Deborah Bookhout of Ithaca; one sister-in-law, Kelly Morgan-Sikkema; nieces and nephews, John Sikkema Jr., Nicole Sikkema, Kelsey Sikkema and Kaitlin Sikkema all of Phoenix, AZ; and several cousins.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Douglas Sikkema and Frederick Sikkema Jr. A memorial service was held on Tuesday afternoon, in the East Springfield Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Susan Burdsall officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield First Responders or Springfield Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements were made by J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.