Jeffery Gorton, 76

FULTON, NY – Jeffery Gorton, 76, of Fulton, passed away Saturday January 16, 2016, at Oswego Hospital.

Jeffery Gorton
Jeffery Gorton

He was born in Fulton to the late Philip and Agnes (Plumber) Gorton.

Mr. Gorton remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.

He was a graduate of Fulton High School, where he was a varsity letterman in football, basketball and baseball.

Mr. Gorton received a scholarship to play football at Ithaca College.

He transferred home to Oswego State University when his dad passed.

He was a team member of the Oswego State University 1960 Division III Championship Basketball Team.

Mr. Gorton graduated Oswego State University with both a Bachelor and Master Degree and then he continued his studies and received a Certificate of Administration.

He later retired from the education system after working as a history teacher and vice principal for Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, Phoenix School District, Phoenix, and principal with Pennellville School District and Elm Street School, Phoenix.

Mr. Gorton was also a past athletic director at the Fulton YMCA.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helaine Gorton, in June 2013.

Mr. Gorton is survived by his three children: Michael Gorton of Fulton, David (Kim) Gorton of Volney and Christopher (Lauren) Gorton of Longwood, Fla.; two sisters: Rosemary Scott and Glenda (Joe) Abbate both of Fulton; two grandchildren: Hunter Gorton of California and Tanner (Kassidy) Gorton of Fulton; great-grandchild, Briella Gorton; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Fulton Knee High Basketball C/O Shawn Broderick, Fulton War Memorial, 609 W. Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

Arrangements are in the care of Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.


  1. I’m so sorry to read of Mr. Gorton’s passing. Another one of our old neighborhood parents have joined the angels. RIP Mr. Gorton. My thoughts are with all your family at this sad time. May you find comfort & peace in knowing he has reunited with your mom ..

  2. I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Jeff. He was the consummate educator, and an advocate for students and teachers alike. Our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family, of whom he was so very proud.

  3. I am saddened to hear of his passing. I was one of his students at EJD some 30 years ago. I now live in Oklahoma but God has been tugging at my heart because I realized there was something I wanted to tell him but I had no idea he had passed away, until I asked Mr. Marks about Mr. Gordon. May God be with his family thru their time of loss and grieving. RIP Mr. Jeffery Gorton .. -Steven L. Carter

  4. I have many memories of Jeff. He was our teaching team leader, a huge advocate for kids and taught me that teaching was all about kids. In a time where teachers talked and students took notes, his classes were alive with student research and projects. I learned a lot from Jeff and he will be missed.

  5. My condolences to the entire Gorton family. He was one of my favorites! I had him the year he left to become vice principal. We took up a collection to buy him a nice pen and pencil set for his desk from PenCan Mall. I remember learning how to set up a grid for an archaeological dig in the basement of EJD as well as having a great time making an overlay map of New York State.His love of antiques, history and children made him a teaching gem. RIP, Mr. G.

  6. He was a patient man and spent many hours trying to talk to me about what my future would hold he was an asset to our school district and will be surely missed , So sorry for your loss.

  7. I too am sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was a good friend who took me under his wing when I started teaching and got me deeply involved in union activities. I would run into him frequently in more recent years at some of the local casinos. My condolences to the family.

  8. I played Basketball at the YMCA in Fulton with and against Jeff as a young man.He was a Umpire/leader at Kiwanis Baseball and he started a team in Minetto,He gave me a NIckname at Kiwanis which is still in use today.I liked Jeff a good fun man to be around who made a difference in many peoples Lives. He will be missed.
    My condolences

    Mike Hayden

  9. Jeff was a wonderful man with a big heart and great sense of humor. He certainly will be missed.

  10. So sad to hear of Mr. Gortons passing. My sympathies to his family, especially to Mike, Dave, and Chris. I was one of the many neighborhood kids that spent almost everyday at the Gorton home. They were always patient and kind, even when I had overstayed my welcome. There were times in my life when I didn’t want to go home, but I ways always welcome at the Gorton house. You will be missed.

  11. I, too, am so sad to learn of Jeff’s passing. He was always smiling, always advocating for the kids he taught and for the teachers he worked with. I was one of those teachers that had the ultimate respect for him and am saddened by his passing. Condolences to his entire family. His boys meant so much to him. He spoke so fondly of his entire family.

  12. Omg my heart is broken I put this man through some things while he was my principal I even made a face of him with bulging eyes because all me and Rebecca settle put him through in art class it was made of clay he kept it in his office I literally cried when I saw this article it broke my heart may he rest in peace and condolences to his family.

  13. Principal Gorton was a very caring, loyal, and an important contributor to the successes of students and staff during his many years serving the Phoenix Schools. Ann & I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends , Jeff was a great person and we lost a good guy….

  14. sorry for the loss he was a great guy save my butt when i got in trouble in EJD , RIP Principal Gorton

  15. So sorry to hear of Mr G’s passing. He was my 6 grade teacher.
    He was an insperation and will be missed!

  16. Whenever we visited Fulton as kids my brother and sisters looked forward to getting together, joking, palling around and swimming in Lake Ontario with cousins Jeff and Rosemary. Jeff was an open, warmhearted and wonderful guy. I am sure he will be sorely missed by former students and colleagues. He sure will be missed by his big extended family of friends and relatives!

  17. Mr. Gorton was one of my favorite teachers! His teaching style sparked in me the desire to learn and nurtured my love of archaeology. Holding class in the basement of EJD to teach us about archaeology techniques was like being on a dig in an ancient roman city! Well done sir…RIP.

  18. Your Dad was my friend; a quality educator, and a man whose family was the most important thing in his world. I had the pleasure to work with him in a variety of capacities for many years, and he always gave his best effort. He was a very caring, giving man who was a genuine and sincere person.
    He will be missed by all whose lives he touched . There were many.
    I am sure he is at peace being reunited with your Mother.
    Our deepest Sympathy.

    Mark & Barbara Montoney

  19. I had him for Homeroom and History class (early-mid ’70s). I’ll never forget when we used to go outside to the EJD football field (in those days, the varsity & JV teams played there) during recess in middle school and Mr. Gorton was throwing the football around. He amazed us at what an arm he had! I don’t think it’s a fable to say he could throw a football about 70 yards! Maybe someone else could back me up here because I was an amazed child at the time. In any event, he was an awesome man and teacher – one of the best I ever had. RIP Mr. Gorton.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Gorton Will be greatly missed. RIP…you are an angel now….. spread your wings and fly..

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