Peter C. Gload, 89, of Willsboro, N.Y. and the Villages, Fla. passed away peacefully on March 5, 2017 at his home in Florida under the care of Hospice.
Peter was born in Champlain, N.Y. to Frederick (Teddy) Gload and Eva (LaValley) Gload on Oct. 9, 1927. He graduated from Mount Assumption Institute in 1945 where he excelled in football, baseball, and hockey. Upon graduation Peter joined the United States Army where he trained in the surveying field. After his discharge he went to work for Shell Oil until 1962. He then decided he would follow his dream and go to college to become a teacher. After graduating from Plattsburgh State in 1967, Peter became an Industrial Arts teacher at Keeseville High School (AuSable Valley Central School) where he would retire in 1986. Peter was very skilled at all building trades and those people that knew him well would classify him as a perfectionist. Many of his past students still talk about the skills that Peter taught them. Peter always said "It is just as easy to do it right the first time".
Peter always had time for the young people in his community. He coached little league baseball teams, managed the youth commission basketball program and built a hockey rink for the kids in Keeseville. He enjoyed golf, scoring three hole in ones, bowling, horseshoes, gardening, reading, square dancing, swimming, crossword puzzles, and most of all his many years on Lake Champlain with his family and friends. It is said by his golfing buddies that Pete's golf score didn't matter as much as how many golf balls he found.
Peter was a life member of the Keeseville Elks Lodge where he served as Exalted Ruler (1977-78) and State Vice President (1982-83). He was active in the AuSable Valley Teacher's Association for many years as the Representative to the State Retirement System. Peter was also a member of the Willsboro Golf Course for many years up until his health forced him to hang his clubs up.
Peter is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lee Gload; a son, David (Sheila Vanags); a daughter, Peggy (Patrick) Maloney; and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Daniel Maloney; a brother, Robert; and sisters, Betty Passnault, Leona Cartuccio, Mary Lou Snyder; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to Peter's parents; he was predeceased by a brother, Richard; and sisters, Joyce Rock, Gloria Crowley, and Marion French.
Arrangements are by All Faiths Cremation Society of Lady Lake, Fla. A celebration of Peter's life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 10, 2017 at the Keeseville Elks Lodge with an Elks service at 3:30. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Ironville Cemetery in Crown Point, NY.
Published on March 22, 2017