Obituary of Stanley L. Gedney III
Stanley L. Gedney III, Age 90, of Pearl River, NY passed away on January 9, 2020 in Saddle River, NJ. Ganz (his nickname bestowed in childhood by his sisters) was born in Orange, NJ to Marion and Stanley L. Gedney, Jr. on February 12, 1929. He attended Clifford Scott High School in East Orange, NJ before graduating from the Williston School in Massachusetts in 1948. He went on to earn a B.A. from Lehigh University and graduated in 1952. Throughout his academic career, his true love was athletics. He was a gifted athlete and a true three season standout in football, basketball and baseball. One of his most treasured memories was being a member of the 1950 undefeated Lehigh Football team. Included in this great season and the one that followed were dominating wins over Lafayette College. After graduation, he served his country in the 101st Airborne and ultimately in the Counter-Intelligence Corps of the Army during the Korean War. After the war, he worked in sales for many years starting at Phelps Dodge Copper Corporation before finding his avocation doing estate planning at New York Life from which he retired at the age of 65. He then went on to deliver flowers for Johnston’s Florist in Dobbs Ferry, NY delighting many customers across Westchester County with his singular rendition of Happy Birthday until he was 88 and health issues caused his second retirement. An active member and VP and President of the Hendrick Hudson (District 3) School Board for many years, his real passion was working with youth baseball. He was instrumental in forming a succession of teams that brought competitive baseball to the Town of Cortlandt for youngsters after Little League. These teams participated and excelled at the Babe Ruth, American Legion and semi-pro levels. Ganz is survived by his wife Fern Weizner Gedney of Pearl River, NY and his first wife Patricia Murphy Gedney of Crugers, NY. He will forever be cherished by his children Patricia Gedney Boig, Stanley L. Gedney IV (Debby), Richard J. Gedney, Denise Weizner Mananas (Peter) and William O. Weizner. Poppy will continue to live in the hearts of his beloved grandchildren: Anne Boig McMullen (Justin), Elizabeth Boig Larkum (Brian), Jack Murphy Gedney, Alexis Joy Mananas, Eleni Grace Mananas, Brooke Olivia Weizner, Matthew Oscar Weizner and last, but not least his great grandson Theodore “Teddy” Wittpenn McMullen. Also surviving him are his sisters Dr. Judith G. Tobin of Seaford, DE and Dr. Marion J. Gedney of New York, NY and his nieces and nephews whom he loved deeply. He was preceded in death by his sister Joan Gedney, New York, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospital, 255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901 to which the family is eternally grateful for their warmth and compassion during his final days. A private funeral service was held. A celebration of his life will be held in February. Suffice it to say that this was a man who lived for his loved ones. All of us who loved him were loved back immeasurably by this very special man. As he said many times to each of us – “I love you more than you know.” We were blessed to have him in our lives and are happy and grateful that he has found peace while he lives on in our hearts and memories.