of William R. Gesick
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our corporate president, Mr. William R. Gesick, 62 of Old Saybrook, CT. A true Renaissance man of many talents and interests, William was a friend and mentor to all and he will truly be missed.
William Gesick died peacefully at home on December 10th surrounded by his family and friends after a battle with cancer. William grew up in Killingworth, CT and was the son of the late Norman S. Gesick and the late Muriel (Byrom) Gesick. After graduating from New York University with degrees in Engineering Science and Physics, he worked as an engineer at Pratt and Whitney and later a Principle at Connecticut Engineering in Newtown, CT. In 1978, William founded Advanced Metals Technology, Inc. a leading manufacturer of soldering materials to the world. William’s intellect and ingenuity made him a respected voice of the soldering industry.
William was also a life long Democrat and served as the Chairman of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee, winning elections in a predominately Republican town. He also served as the campaign manager to Robert Landino’s successful state representative bid. William’s influence to all Democrats in Old Saybrook continued for many years after he served as Chairman.
William’s greatest gift to the world was his musical talent. He performed as a teenager at the world’s fair in New York in 1963; playing Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso on the piano. His piano repertoire was very diverse ranging from classical to rag time. He was church organist for many local churches and continued to play up until his death. It was his flair for Hymn playing and his dedication to his choirs that made him popular with all who experienced his talent. William was also an avid train enthusiast and enjoyed reading, music and study of the sciences.
William is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Marcia Fortin Gesick. He leaves four sons, John Gill of Niantic, CT; Steven Gill of Murfreesboro, TN; Leigh Gesick and wife Kathleen of Old Saybrook, CT; and Michael Gesick and wife Wendy of Chester, CT. William also leaves 5 grandchildren: Alexa and Jonathan Gesick; Barrett, Anna, and Audrey Gill. He also leaves three sisters; Dorothy Gesick of Poway, CA; Mary Gesick Hansen of Old Saybrook, CT; and Barbara Haskell of Augusta, ME. William leaves countless other friends and relatives too numerous to name.
Calling hours were held on Monday December 15th at the Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook, with interment at Riverside Cemetery on Wednesday December 17th. A celebration of Bill’s life was also held at the First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational) on Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:00AM
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in William’s name be made to the Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or at www.salvationarmyusa.org.