Daniel William Gee, 62, of Lansing, NY, lost his long courageous battle with kidney cancer on February 23, 2018. He was very brave and maintained his sense of humor until the end of his life.
Born May 21, 1955, on his paternal grandmotherâs birthday, Dan loved life and lived it to the fullest.
After graduating Ithaca High School in 1973, he attended college in Florida for a year before enlisting in the US Navy, where he served for 4 Â½ years on a submarine. Dan was a proud to be a Veteran. He then went on to work for the US Postal Service, retiring as Postmaster in Brooktondale at the age of 55. During his time with the Postal Service he completed his bachelorâs degree at Ithaca College.
Dan fulfilled his âbucket listâ with adventures including scuba diving, skydiving, riding in a hot air balloon and a glider, taking flying lessons at East Hill Flying Club, ziplining, and riding many roller coasters. He was a member of the Elks Club, was a big fan of Ithaca College football and attended many games with his friends. Dan loved riding motorcycles with his son, David, and his buddies at Groton Cycle Center. His passion was teaching motorcycle safety classes to help others fulfill their dream and to be safe riders. Playing golf was also a favorite of Danâs. He volunteered his time in various capacities, including the Finger Lakes Reuse Center and the Lansing Food Pantry. Dan had many friends at the Lansing Gym. He made friends easily and every friend he made were friends were life.
Dan always said his proudest accomplishment in life was his son, David.
Dan is survived by his son, David Gee (Annie Bergletz); sister, Lori Gee; nieces, Tanija & Liena Pulsts; great nephew, Keegan Miller; great nieces, Kyla & Brelynn Paul; his longtime companion and friend, Cindy McElwee, who helped him through his illness and was a strong support for him; his ex-wives, Pat Gee and Anne Hathaway; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Dan was predeceased by his mother, Gloria Burke Werner; father, William Gee; and stepfather, Floyd âT.O.â Werner.
Danâs family would like to thank CHOA, Infusion at CMC, and Hospicare.
Family will receive friends at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing on Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-noon. A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Alison Schmied, will begin at 12:30, immediately followed by a reception and Celebration of Life at LakeWatch Inn, East Shore Dr., Ithaca. Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lansing, will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to either, the Lansing Food Pantry, PO Box 21, Lansing, NY 14882; the Finger Lakes Reuse Center, 2255 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850; or the Innocence Project at www.innocenceproject.org.