Gordon (Gordy) R. Wiggins, 64, of Vestal, N.Y., passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, N.Y., after a long and brave battle with lung cancer.
Born in Auburn on Aug. 12, 1953, he was raised on the family farm on Rockefeller Road in Moravia, where he cultivated his love of animals, John Deere tractors, and tinkering with anything mechanical. The family moved to Auburn, in the early 70s where Gordy graduated from Auburn High School. He worked at Columbian Rope Company until they closed their doors in the early 80s. On July 3, 1982 he married Patricia Hawelka. He returned to school at BOCES to become a machine maintenance technician where he then was employed at Powerex until they moved south. He then headed to the Binghamton area to seek fame and fortune and worked for Atlantic Design in Vestal, N.Y., Hadco Corporation in Owego, N.Y., and Sanmina Corporation in Owego, N.Y., as a machine maintenance technician. September 1989 his daughter, Amy, was born he nicknamed her “his little entertainment center.”
In early 2015 Gordy became disabled by several strokes but that didn’t keep him down and he could still be seen taking his daily walks. Then in August of 2016 he received the diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. He fought the good fight. Gordy had a love of politics, model airplanes, and trivia (he was accused of studying the Trivial Pursuit cards on more than one occasion). He had a passion for history specifically military and a deep respect for anyone who had served. Gordy will continue to give as his corneas were donated to the Lions Eye Bank of Albany for transplant or research purposes.
He was predeceased by his father, Eugene (Gene) Wiggins; brother, Tim Wiggins, and sister, Dale Fletcher.
Gordy is survived by his best friend and confidant wife, Patricia Hawelka Wiggins; daughter, Amy Wiggins; mother, Doris Wiggins; brother, Jerry (Grace) Wiggins; sister, Christine (Robert) Vogel, and sister-in-law, Pat Hesse-Wiggins. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Rose Hawelka; sisters-in-law, Sharon (John) Bower, Christine (Eddie) Shitanishi, and Shelley (Robert) Delaney; brother-in-law, Thomas (Carole) Hawelka; many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins, and great friends who will miss him.
The family would especially like to thank Broome Oncology, Dr. Kloss and Dr. Haq, and all of their wonderful staff too numerous to mention here and Lourdes at Home especially Carlee, Jared, Molly, and Terry. You gave Gordon the courage to face this challenge with dignity and grace.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 with the service immediately following at 1 p.m. at Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home LLC, 6519 Route 434, Apalachin, NY 13732.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to Broome County Habitat for Humanity, 103 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY; CHOW Broome County Council of Churches, 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, NY 13903; Speak Animal Hospital, 351 Flint Road, Binghamton, NY 13905, or a charity of your choice.