Gerard "Red" Felter, 81, of McKenney Ave in Mattydale, died Monday unexpectedly at University Hospital. Red was a native of Pittston, PA, and moved to the Syracuse area in 1948. He resided in Mattydale for the past 45 years and also maintained a winter residence in Dunedin, FL, for the past 18 years. He was the only son of the late Austin and Ellen Tigue Felter.
Red was a graduate of Hughestown High School and served in the US Navy during World War II aboard the USS LST 980 in the Atlantic Theatre. He was very active in the Liberal Party and politics; he once ran for congress in 1960. Red retired in 1987 after 39 years as a superintendent of the Fisher Guide Division of General Motors in Syracuse. He was an accomplished speaker and was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at many local events. Red was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3717 in North Syracuse and was a member of the American Legion Post 1832 and VFW Post 3146, both in Mattydale. He volunteered at Mease Hospital in Florida and was an avid runner and Syracuse University fan that held season tickets each year. Red was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church where he served as a lector and volunteered on their bingo team.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Gima; their two children: Robert Linda Felter of Eagan, MN and Sharon Denny Sweeney of East Syracuse; and two grandsons: Alex "AJ" and Ryan Felter.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7 pm at Krueger Funeral Home Inc., 2619 Brewerton Rd., Mattydale. A prayer service will begin at the funeral home on Saturday, 8:30 am followed by a 9 am Mass of Christian burial at St. Margaret's Church. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse. Contributions in Red's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.