Shinning in the sunlight
Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away
And leaving me lonely
Slowly fading out of sight
For as long as we can remember, Dad always made it clear he wanted his ashes to be launched into space after he passed away. It brings us nothing but joy to know we're making your dream to soar in space a reality.
Gaylord D. Anthony, 68, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at home. He was born in the small town of Corry, Pennsylvania. Known as Tony to his friends since childhood, he had a love of science from a very young age. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Akron.
His career began with Shell Oil Co. in California, but he found his calling in the pharmaceutical industry with G.D. Searle & Co. in Chicago. As part of a team, he was instrumental in the development of the sweetener Equal. His career advanced with moves to Squibb, Revlon Health Care, and Warner Lambert/Pfizer, working in quality control and FDA compliance with several international assignments including time living in Japan and France. While with Warner Lambert, he worked to bring Lipitor to market.
After retirement in 2001, he moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was a consultant in compliance post retirement and enjoyed working in a local bookstore. As part of a group, he judged science fairs and was an aide in the high school chemistry department. He and his wife Lori enjoyed traveling and did so extensively, including visiting World Heritage sites all over Europe, a canal boat trip through the UK and many trips through the Caribbean. He also loved to play cards, whether playing with his poker group or out in Vegas, he was unstoppable when he got "hot as a pistol."
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Loretta; two daughters, Gwen (John) Bonhage of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., and Kristin (Larry) Pesce of Providence, Rhode Island; two granddaughters, Christiane Bonhage and Corinn Pesce; a sister, Mabel (Ed) Lockhart; a sister-in-law, Idabell Anthony; his father-in law, Robert Lindstrom; two sisters-in-law, Alma McWilliams and Julie Ann Lindstrom (Joseph Carrannante); an uncle, Darl (Marion) Anthony of Erie, Pennsylvania; his friend of 60+ years Harrison Cole; cousins; nieces; nephews; his poker group; and many friends.