William ‘Bill’ Gordon Slack, Jr., age 78 of Globe, Ariz., passed away at home on Sept. 18, 2012. Gordon was born in Detroit, Mich. to William G. Slack, Sr. and Margaret Kelly Brogan Slack. The family moved to Miami, Ariz. From an early age, Gordon and his sisters worked in the family’s restaurant named Peggy’s Sandwich Shop; they were famous for their hamburgers and chili.
Gordon attended the Arizona State Teachers College right out of graduation from Miami High School. He was drafted to serve in Company “C” 224th Infantry Regiment in the Korean War. Upon his return from service in 1955, he met his life-long dance partner, Sylvia Rodriguez. They dated for three years while Gordon attended the University of Arizona. Gordon and Sylvia were married on Sept. 13, 1958. Gordon graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Mining Engineer in May, 1959.
During his college education years, “Bill” worked for Superior’s Magma Mine, the Miami Inspiration Mine, the San Manuel Mine, and Copper Cities/ Sleeping Beauty Mine. After graduating from the university he worked for Inspiration Christmas Mine. Bill was then hired to help to establish the Pinto Valley Unit where he was assigned the task of Concentrator Superintendent. He later retired from Pinto Valley in September 1990.
During his retirement years Bill and Sylvia enjoyed attending their grandchildren’s athletic activities. At one point in time, many of the Globe High School athletes had enjoyed one of Gram and papa Slack’s well-known Bean Burro Lunches. They followed the Tigers no matter the distance to the opposing team’s location. Bill enjoyed photography and gardening. He enjoyed the many faces of all of his subjects. He developed patience to capture the special moments with his photography and patience to cultivate his rare plants.
Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sylvia Rodriguez Slack; children, Cynthia “Cindy” Burdette of Globe Ariz., Dorothy “Dotty” (Steve) York of Globe, Ariz., Sylvia Jane “Janie” Slack of Mesa, Ariz., Tina (Alex) Gonzales of Globe, Ariz.; Susan “Susie” Slack Henderson of Nevada; Margaret “Peggy” (Brian) Valencia of Globe, Ariz., William Gordon “Gordy” Slack III of Globe, Ariz.; Stephen York of Mesa, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, Patricia “Patsy” Hughes of Tucson, Ariz.; Mary Margaret (Edmundo) Salazar of Hermosillo, Mexico; Catherine Swanberg of Vancouver, Wash., and Theresa Eisenberg or Peoria, Ariz.
During their many years together, Sylvia and Bill attended many celebrations with their compadres enjoying the music and dancing the night away.
Throughout Bill’s life it has been recognized that he held “God First.” The love of his wife has been perfected. The love of his family is a beautiful result of this perfection. Their legacy is to pass on his incredibly strong work ethics, patience, generosity, and his steadfast faith in God.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, with Rosary beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial of Ashes will follow at Globe Cemetery.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.