Gordon G. Sills of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired auto plant security supervisor and a standout athlete in his youth, died Friday in Wedgewood Health Care Center, Eggertsville, where he had been a resident for two years. He was 85.
Born in Johnsonburg, Pa., he was a 1938 graduate of Johnsonburg High School and served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II as a motor machinist's mate second class.
Returning from service, he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion (Pa.) State Teachers College and attended Temple University in Philadelphia.
Before coming to the Buffalo area in 1951, he taught junior high English in Lansdale, Pa., and coached baseball, basketball and football.
He worked for 30 years for the General Motors plant on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, where he was a salaried security supervisor. He retired in 1981.
A talented pitcher, he played for the Boston Red Sox farm team in LaCrosse, Wis., in 1942 before joining the Coast Guard, where he took part in exhibition games with other pro players.
At Clarion, he posted seven straight wins during the college's undefeated season in 1946 and was considered one of the top collegiate pitchers in the nation. In 1948, he was a player-coach. He also played football in college and was inducted into Clarion's Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Annabelle H. Thompson; two sons, Jeffrey of Indianapolis and Gregory of the Town of Tonawanda; two daughters, Bonnie Mamizuka of the Town of Tonawanda and Kathleen Nesper of East Amherst; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.