William P. Gaston, age 67, of Summit Township, died Sunday, June 22, 2014 after a six-month illness. Born in Kittanning, PA on February 18, 1947, he is the son of Helen Hockenberry Gaston of Cherry Hill, NJ. He married Shirley Harriger in 1967 and she survives.
An employee of General Electric for 38 years, Bill retired in 2007 and has enjoyed hunting and fishing for most of his life. He was a former member of the Perry Hi-Way Hose Company, he coached little league for the Summit Rec League and he was a fan of NASCAR and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill especially enjoyed spending time at his camp in Tidioute, PA, and he loved his dog, Diego.
In addition to his wife, Shirley Gaston, family members include a daughter, Julie Malinowski and her husband Greg, and a son, Billy Gaston and his wife Anita, all of Summit Township, and another son, Benjamin Gaston and his wife Julie of Erie; seven grandchildren: Joseph, Trevor, Brady, Joshua, Nicholas, Devin, and Brandon; a sister, Peggy Beichner of Cherry Hill, NJ, and a brother, Barry Gaston and his wife Sandy of Acworth, GA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Wells, and a brother-in-law, Keith Beichner.
Friends may visit with the family at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and are invited to a funeral service there on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with Deacon Bill Spinks officiating. Burial will take place in Hawthorn Cemetery in Clarion County, PA.
Memorials may be made to the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 West 12th St., Erie, PA 16505.