Gordon “Gory” Luther Tacy, 73, of North Swanzey and formerly of Winchester, passed away on Sunday, June 19th, 2022, at Cheshire Medical Center. He passed away peacefully with the love of his close family by his side.
Gordon was born on February 23, 1949, in Keene, New Hampshire, the son of the late Theresa (Minatt) and Luther Tacy. After Gordon’s mother passed away, his father Luther married and Rose (Strotman) Tacy became Gordon’s mother. Gordon graduated from Thayer High School class of 1967.
Gordon began his career at Markem in 1967 then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 for a four-year term where he proudly served his country with distinction while being stationed on the USS John F. Kennedy Attack Aircraft Carrier. Later he proudly displayed the call sign of the JFK on his Veteran license plate on his Jeep, the CVA-67.
Following Navy service, Gordon continued his career at Markem in the chemical inks and printing machine areas for 50 years. Gordon loved to talk about how he was involved in creating the equipment and ink that stamped the M on M&Ms for all to enjoy today. Gordon retired in 2018.
Marrying Victoria (Bruder) Tacy in December 1970, Gordon became the father to Spencer G Tacy and Denelle (Tacy, Gourley) Smith. Gordon was the proud Grandfather of Evan Richard & Alec Spencer Gourley and Maeve Onyx Tacy. Gordon was also the Step-Grandfather to Alden Reese & Garrett Reade Smith.
In 2009, Gordon married Jean (Masiello, Kovacs). Gordon and Jean enjoyed their time together playing cribbage, camping, doing yard work, and taking long rides together. During this time he became step-father to Laszlo and Adam Kovacs. And also became Grandfather to Owen, Layla, Madi, Jackie, and Jameson.
Gordon served on the Winchester Ambulance Service, Civil Defense, Fire Department, participating in Bike-A-Thons, and was an avid blood donor. He enjoyed volunteering in the activities his children enjoyed including YMCA Indian Guides, 4-H Leadership, and Junior Cadets.
In his spare time, Gordon enjoyed gardening, woodworking, playing card games, camping, playing scratch tickets, hunting, playing horseshoes, and house renovations. He also loved playing on his big-boy toys including Jeeps, Snowmobiles, ATV, tractors, and boats. He was a phenomenal baker and his Chocolate Zucchini Cake was the envy of everyone who was able to enjoy it. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He was an enthusiastic fan of many of his Kid’s and Grandchildren’s dance recitals, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball games and was often seen giving his grandkids tractor rides and pushing them on the swings. He was always giving of his time and expertise, spending many hours renovating family homes. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law, friend, and a good man.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Jean Tacy of North Swanzey, NH. His sister Lucinda “Cindy” Tedford of Winchester, NH. His son, Spencer Gordon Tacy, and his wife Christi K. Tacy of Ballson Spa, NY. His daughter, Denelle Tacy Smith, and her husband Brian K. Smith of McMurray, PA. Step-sons Laszlo Kovac and his wife Stephanie Kovacs of Pleasantville, TN, and Adam Kovacs of Unity, NH. And 3 Grandchildren; Evan R. & Alec S. Gourley of McMurray, PA, Maeve O. Tacy of Ballston Spa, NY. And 7 Step-Grandchildren; Alden R. & Garrett R. Smith of McMurray, PA. Owen & Layla Kovans of Unity, NH, Madi, Jackie, & Jameson Kovacs of Pleasantville, TN. And God-daughter Allyson K. (Bruder) Chivilo of Mt Pleasant, SC. In addition, he is survived by; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Luther & Theresa Tacy, Step-Mother Rose M. Tacy, Brother-In-Law Sherman Tedford, and his beloved Golden Retriever “Sammy Girl”.
In keeping with Gordon’s wishes, a private family graveside funeral service will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, New Hampshire.
In leu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the:
Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH 03446.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com