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GORDON WYDEE TORNEY

February 19, 1939 October 25, 2014
GORDON WYDEE TORNEY
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Gordon Wydee Torney was born on February 19, 1939 to the late Jesse and Mamie Torney in Calvert County, Maryland. Wydee, as he was mostly known, had a vibrant childhood and was an extremely energetic and inquisitive child. Being the oldest of nine children, Wydee quickly found himself in a leadership role, as he was required to make the necessary sacrifices to aid in the support and care of his family. He was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools and, after leaving school, transitioned directly into the commercial work force. Wydee was never afraid of work as you could find him on any given day leaving his place of employment and going to complete some side work for a family member or friend. This was his story until his last day on earth. It is with no doubt that his handy work will be missed.

Growing up, Wydee attended St. John's United Methodist Church and later attended Eastern United Methodist Church where he would attend on occasions. Although faced with many obstacles along the road to adulthood, Wydee persevered and successfully carved his own niche in the world. His kind heart was only preceded by his determination to achieve his dreams. He was known to have a good time and loved to have fun with his family and friends . He had a loving demeanor and always concerned himself with the wellbeing of those he loved. He took an active interest in the lives of his nieces and nephews and found time to make sure they knew that they were important to him.

He was a jack of all trades, from a culinary artist to a carpenter ; from a plumber to an electrician; from a farmer to an auto mechanic, and the list goes on. There seemed to be nothing that Wydee could not achieve, once he put his mind to it. He also held an uncanny knowledge of just about any subject. And when it seemed as if you may have caught him off guard regarding a topic, he would display his remarkable smile that would have everyone around him wrapped up in laughter. His absence may feel as if the sun has set, and has refused to shine; however in our precious memories, he lives on and we know that the sun will shine again.

On January 19, 1963, Wydee married Deloris Geneve Sutton. From this union there came six children. Wydee was a proud father and worked hard to provide for his family. He made sure that home was always taken care of no matter what the circumstances. Because of the love that he had for his family, in his later years he took every opportunity that was afforded him to spend time building and bonding relationships with not just his children , but other family members as well. The loving memories that he has left in the minds of his family will last forever.

Wydee was employed at the Calvert Cliff Nuclear Power Plant, where he was a foreman and a member of the Labor Union. After many years of working at the Power Plant, he decided to retire and move into the next phase of his life where he begin spending more time doing those thing that he loved the most.

Wydee loved crabbing and hunting while in season. He was also an avid fisherman and there was not a time that he didn't find a body of water that he could cast his fishing rod into. His love for fishing resonated into the heart of his sons, Gordon and Michael, who would spend countless hours on the boat with their dad secretly waiting to see who would catch the biggest fish. On occasions, you would find him with his daughters, his nieces and his son-in-law Irving, on the boat spending family time together while enjoying his favorite pass time of fishing. Wydee would gladly take anyone with him on his frequent boat trips as he traveled to the place where he found peace, on the water.

He enjoyed his life and lived it to the fullest. As much as he enjoyed fishing, he also enjoyed being the family "Fish Fryer". For every family reunion and holiday, you could rest assured that Wydee will be dropping a piece of fish in some hot oil. Of course, there was nothing better than his famous Stuffed Rock Fish. This was an expected entree at every Thanksgiving meal. Although there may be many who will try to take over his tasks, it is clear that he will never be replaced.

Wydee quietly and without warning, departed this life on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with his oldest son, Gordon, at his side. Left to celebrate his life is his wife of fifty-one years, Deloris Geneve Torney; six loving children, Tiana Marshall (Irving), Gordon (Marilyn), Adrian Marshall (Ted), Michael (Vegina), Shon and Charnice Torney; Sheena Estep and Sharlene Hicks whom he loved as his daughters; five sisters, Betty Weems, Lois Johnson (Thomas), Gladys Fletcher, Thelma Butler, and Lillian Meyers; four brothers, Tyrone (Fern), Hosie, Levi (Daria), and Butch Torney; and two sisters-in-law, Marie Gross and Gertrude Johnson; one brother-in-law, Daniel Butler, Sr.; one aunt, Gladys Ball (Richard- Deceased); Cousin Gladys Parran who was like a sister. He also leaves to cherish his memories, twenty-seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; six close friends, Amos Sewell, Daniel "Pudding" Butler Jr., Dwight Hunter, Howard Long, Rodney Thomas, and Earl Washington. Finally, he has left a warm place in the hearts of his many nieces , nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephon Torney; parents, Jesse and Mamie Torney; and brothers, Richard and George Torney.

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Visitation

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9:00 AM 11/1/2014 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/1/2014 11:00:00 AM
Greater Mt. Zion Church

3170 German Chapel Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Greater Mt. Zion Church
3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Service

Saturday

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Nov

11:00 AM 11/1/2014 11:00:00 AM
Greater Mt. Zion Church

3170 German Chapel Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Greater Mt. Zion Church
3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Saturday

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2:00 PM 11/1/2014 2:00:00 PM
Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens

3270 Broomes Island Road
Port Republic, MD 20676

Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens
3270 Broomes Island Road Port Republic 20676 MD
United States
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