William Gordetsky of West Orange died Oct. 5, 2011. He was born in 1918 in Newark and also had lived in Manchester.
The youngest of eight boys, he helped his family with their laundry business. He worked six days a week, 12 hours a day until he was 69 with his siblings in a dry cleaning business.
He graduated from Newark’s Central High School, where he played football; his team won the 1936 City Champs. He received a four-year football scholarship to George Washington University but had to quit after one semester to return home and assist his elderly parents with their business.
Before World War II, he played semi pro football in Newark. After moving to a retirement community, he joined the shuffleboard team, which became state champs within two years.
Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Rosalyn, on Sept. 21, he is survived by three daughters, Sharon Gordetsky of Brookline, Mass., Fran Gordetsky of Caldwell, and Jacki Granville of Montville; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 24 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Denville.