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Gordon Marra Obituary

Gordon  Marra
Gordon Marra

November 27, 2018
Born in Manhattan
Resided in Palenville, New York
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Gordon Marra, 96 of Palenville passed away on November 27th 2018. He was born in New York City on June 19, 1922. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Carr Marra. He lived in New York City with his second wife, Ann until they moved to Palenville, New York in 2005.

Gordon had started singing as a choirboy when he was about 10 years old. He continued his musical career, taking piano and singing lessons. He joined Robert Shaw Chorale. He sang in the Chorale until shortly before he enlisted in the U. S. Marines. He served in the South Pacific for almost 4 years during World War II in the US Marine Corp.

When he returned home after his discharge, he contacted Robert Shaw, who was now conducting the Fred Waring Glee Club. Gordon was hired to join the Fred Waring Orchestra an Glee Club where he sang until the early 50’s. He continued performing in Night Clubs in and around New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
He recognized that there was a need for a Home Base for performers, where they could have a permanent address and phone number to receive their messages and mail, when they were out of town. As the business grew, so did the number of stars that his company serviced, such as Alan Alda, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Denzel Washington, among many others. His business continued to grow into a large group of Media/ Television response Companies. He retired in the 1980’s.

After his move to Palenville, he started painting in his newly built studio, something he was unable to do in their apartment in the city. He spent many hours in his studio and produced several hundred paintings. He didn’t want to sell any of them, but gave many of them to his friends and relatives.
Gordon is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, a sister-in-law Shirley Carr Thompson of New York City, a sister-in-law , Dorothy and her husband Donald Castaldo of Catskill, New York, Mary Spinelli, a sister-in-law of Catskill, New York, and his brother-in-law Gene Spinelli and his wife, Marisa of Carmel, New York, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Hgts., Catskill. The funeral procession will form on Saturday at 9:00 am from the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Palenville at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in Palenville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Messages of condolence may be made to MillspaughCamerato.com.

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Calling Hours
Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home
139 Jefferson Heights
Catskill, NY USA 12414
Friday, November 30, 2018
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Funeral Mass
710 Route 32A
Palenville, NY 12463
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00 AM
Burial
Palenville Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Palenville, NY 12463
Saturday, December 1, 2018

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, NY 38105