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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Gordon Foster

Gordon Foster

February 8, 1938 - April 16, 2021
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Gordon S. Foster, 83, a resident of Lagrangeville since 2000, and previously of Poughkeepsie, died on April 16, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on February 8, 1938 in Manhattan, Gordon was the son of Norman Walter and Violet (Cioffi) Foster. He proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962.

Gordon was an English Teacher in the Hyde Park School District for 40 years until his retirement in 2002. He also taught at the Center for Lifetime Study (CLS) at Marist College. He was an avid reader, loved music and horticulture.

On July 1, 1967 at Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park, Gordon married Hope Winslow who survives at home. He is also survived by his three sons, Mark Foster, Andrew Foster, and Matthew Foster of Lagrangeville; and his granddaughter, Ava Foster.

Services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to the charity of your choice, and express your love to the people you value.
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Linda Gilliam

Posted at 05:07pm
Gordon was my family historian and cheerful cousin. Our Italian mothers were sisters(from a large family) and I loved to hear him reminisce of days singing around the piano with his Mom and aunts. Even though he lived in New York and I in Florida,we kept in touch all through the years. He was always there for me and my closest relative in later years. Gordon was witty,sensitive,caring and always "up beat". I will miss him terribly and pray for strength and loving memories for his wife and sons. Gordon, you were gone way too soon. I wasn't ready for this sudden ending. RIP my dear cousin. Linda Gilliam
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MaryKay

Posted at 07:14am
Hope- no words can express my sorrow over the passing of Gordon. He was the most kindest beautiful person I knew. RIP Cuz. My love and prayers are with you and the family. πŸ™πŸ™β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜˜ ( pics were at AJs wedding and last was a different party.)
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Anthony L. Salvati

Posted at 07:22pm
Gordon Foster: In Memoriam

To Gordon, my mentor, my brother, my friend, I share the great sorrow and emptiness of all those you touched during your life of service to your students, your fellow teachers, your friends, and, most all, your family. The world is very much diminished without your presence in it.

We met all those years ago at Haviland Junior High, or as you called it, "La Casa Della Wit's End," as two of sixteen new teachers. You were starting a second career and I, as green as could be. The only way to survive the madness was to follow your lead, laugh at the chaos, and persevere. Your calm, easygoing approach always endeared you to students who sensed your devotion.

As the self-proclaimed, "Apostle to the dim," you were assigned the reading classes with some of the most challenged, and challenging students. These needy students always returned your devotion to them. Over nearly thirty years, we shared a classroom or taught next door to each other. There was never a discipline problem or a raised voice. There was laughter and most of all ___ learning. When I would meet one of your former students, even your college or our GED adult students, they would ask after you and exclaim that you were their "favorite teacher."

Faculty meetings, lightened by your humor and mimicry, became bearable. The teachers who served with you all know the debt they owe you for all those years you served as their Chief HPTA Building Rep at Roosevelt High School. You were the fixed point, the picture of diplomacy and strength as you smoothly navigated our way through a myriad of issues with ease and good humor. Not that I never saw you angry or frustrated, but I saw that weight expressed in private, yet in all those years, there was never a cross word between us despite all the union problems that emerged from nearly constant turmoil. Whatever measure of success the Union had was, in no small way, due to your efforts and sage counsel. In all the years I was president of the HPTA, no decision was made without your advice.

To all the teachers of the HPTA who served with Gordon, please join me in a prayer that he always recited during the trying times: "In Nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritu Sancti, Tanta Madonna, Red Oaks Mills." Frankly, I still don’t understand the ending of his prayer, but this prayer always seemed to work.

To Hope and the boys, "my three sons," as he would call them, Mark, Andrew, and Matthew our deepest sympathy for your loss and appreciation for his life, a life well-lived indeed.

Go gentle into that good night. We will all see you on the other side. ___Tony Salvati
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