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Donald Gammack, 94, a longtime Lockport resident who planted thousands of shade trees in Western New York, died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 1997) in the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Nursing Home.

A native of Royalton, Gammack lived in Darien Center and Clarence Center before he moved to Lockport. He began working at the former Harrison Radiator foundry on Lock Street in 1928, later becoming a journeyman tool and die machinist at the Washburn Street plant. He retired in 1968.

Gammack was a member of Local 686 United Auto Workers and he was a volunteer organizer when the union was being formed in Lockport. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Senior Citizens Center and The Old Guard.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing horseshoes. He was Lockport City Horseshoe Champion in 1957 and 1958.

Among his favorite conservation activities was the planting of trees. He planted thousands of shade trees in Western New York, and his family said he would have been pleased if trees were planted in his memory.

His wife, the former Alice Happ, died in 1977.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna of Denver, Colo., and Joan Peck of Harrisburg, Pa.; a son, Bruce of Lockport; a sister, Dorothy Ebersole of Clarence Center; a brother, Frank of Corfu; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.


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