We are so sorry for your loss. The Shaver family grew up just a few houses down from the Raymond family. We have very fond memories growing up on Walnut Street, and especially living close to the Raymonds. I still remember going down to your house to watch the "Wizard of Oz" each year when it was on television. We watched it there because you had a color TV; ours was black and white. We always felt welcomed. My mom, Claire, shared some of her memories of Gordy. According to her, one of the things Gordy said often was, "You can't have bare naked coffee. You always have to have something with it, at least a cookie." She said Alice would often make chocolate no-bake cookies to go with the coffee. She also told me that every time the song "Tiny Bubbles" was played, Gordy would say, "That's our song, Claire, let's dance." When my brother, Bud, was in college, he painted your house. While Bud was painting, your dad would hum or whistle "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Even now, whenever my mom hears either of those songs, she thinks fondly of Gordy. Many years later, Claire and Gordy were surprised when they found themselves in the same elevator in a large medical facility. They had both been at a doctor's appointment. They didn't go to the same doctor, but their doctors were located in the same building. They ended up having a cup of coffee before they left the building. I'm not sure if it was "naked coffee" or if cookies were involved. I fondly remember Gordy's smile and the twinkle in his eye. He was always very nice to us.
To the family
Gordy was one of the persons who helped my get into the electrical apprenticeship back in 1963 , for this i will forever
be grateful . I was also on the board of directors of NECA when he was our chapter mgr. during some very trying times and Gordy was instrumental in getting us back on track during a very tough economic time . He was a very dedicated to the make a wish program which he inspired NECA to take a part in. May the good Lord bless all of you during this very trying time and comfort all of you with some special blessings.
It was great knowing Gordon. It was a joy talking about his life and about the people we knew. It is amazing that our path did not cross before he became Ill.
It was my blessing to be able to visit him.
Gordon was a great man to me. He was always supportive and worked his tail off trying to teach me how to pick up a ground ball while playing baseball. His son, Steve, was one of my great buddies growing up. We often would challenge Gordon's patience and understandings. I imagine both Steve and I are better guys because of Gordon's firm, but loving behavioral interventions! Both Gordon and Alice gave me their best. I spent a lot of time with Steve and the Raymond family. They fed me, listened to be, and put up with my childish ways. I loved being with them. One of the best days of my childhood was spent with Steve, Gordon, Alice, and later with my folks. Gordon and Alice took Steve and me to a Tiger game. We had front row box seats. We talked with Al, Rocky, and several other Tigers prior to the game. Later, my folks took us to Jackson Speedway where we watched Gordon Johncock blast past 30 other racers to win some kind of championship race. For a couple of young guys life couldn't get much better than that. My hat is off to Gordon. Thanks Coach for your love and support. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Here are some 'Gordon-isms' that his family and friends remember...
"Locking your doors will keep the honest thieves out"
"Is the Pope Catholic?"
"Almost as good as homemade"
(When he knew it WAS homemade.)
"It'll put hair on your chest"
"Don't do as I do... Do as I tell you to do"
"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
"I may not always be right, but I am never wrong"
"Mind your mother"
"Home again, home again, jiggity jig"
"Nice trip Gladys!"
"Go play in the street"
"Don't be a stranger"
"Do something, even if it's wrong"
"Stop the world! I want to get off!"