AUBURN | Z. John Gory, 91, formerly of Elizabeth Street and North Brook, Auburn, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at Auburn Community Hospital.

Mr. Gory had retired with 32 years of management with Sears, and at the time of retirement was the Manager of the Penn Can Mall Sears. A native of Hartford, Conn., he was the son of Frank and Blanche Pallko Gory. He was a graduate of North Bridge High School and Munson Academy. He entered Villanova University in the fall of 1941. His college days were interrupted by joining the United States Navy, during World War II. He graduated from Midship School, and held the rank of Lt. j.g. He returned to Villanova after the war, and was the Captain of the Villanova Football Team, graduating class of 1947.

He was drafted in the National Football League in 1947 with the Boston Yanks. The career in football was short term, and he began with Sears management in 1948, retiring in 1980. The family had resided in the Cazenovia area for a number of years.

He was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn “Kitty” Gory. Surviving are their children, J. David Gory, of Cayuga, Michael (Jacqueline) Gory, of Cazenovia, Mark Gory, of Pennsylvania, and Diane (Patrick) Steigerwald, of Auburn; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Anthony, Griffin, and Audrey Gory, Karin, Kate, and Matthew Steigerwald.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Holy Family Church, Auburn with Rev. John Gathenya Pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.

Memorials may be made to Matthew House, Auburn. Arrangements are with Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn.

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