Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your dear love one. “And no resident will say: I am sick…” Isa 33:24. This is a promise God has made known in his word. Perhaps one day in the divine future you or I may see again those fallen from our lives due to a sickness or illness that led to an untimely death. Prayers go out to the surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours.
Brenda called following Gordon's death. We (Carol and I were college classmates @ Pacific University) had not seen, talked with or heard from Gordon for many years. We kept track through Roger Anderson and their e-mail correspondence. Gordon was a good friend in college....very very talented. We co-edited a Pacific University yearbook in 1959. The picture of Gordon in his "early days" was one that I took during the period of my life that I was a professional photographer. My best to Gordon's family.
It was wonderful to read all the memories of, and the fondness for, Gordon . . I guess I shouldn't have felt surprised that others felt the way I did. I first knew Gordy when I started working on First Hill and he came in as a new patient. His personality was such that we became friends beyond the professional side. His humor, warmness, appreciation of music, civic responsibility and fun in general is something I will never forget. I will miss him .. his e-mail messages, jokes and just knowing him was my great pleasure. He was a friend.
I wish to say goodbye to my special friend. Gordon and I worked together for many years. He was an expert in his field. We also enjoyed many great times. He is so missed.
Goodbye, my old friend. From 1956 in Forest Grove until Oct. of 2005 (via the internet) we maintained a friendship that enriched my life. I will miss you.
Best friends we have been since meeting at Pacific U, and best friends we shall remain through eternity. You were an extraordinary person, Gordon. See you in that next great place while missing you terribly in this one.
Love and e-hugs,
I have not seen you for a number of years. As I read the responses in the guest book it is apparent that you kept your humor and intelligence sharp and ready to share with others throughout the years.
Gordon, you were my rock and I don't know what I would have done had you not been there for me before and after my knee surgery. We shared so many wonderful times together, beginning with those years at Pacific University. I am forever grateful to Boeing for bringing you back into my life. Love you, dear.
My thoughts go out to Gordon's family. I am very sorry for your loss. Gordon was a one-of-a-kind. He was extremely smart and talented, funny, very generous, and lots of fun to have cocktails with! He enjoyed life to the fullest and it's a real shame that his life was cut short. He will be greatly missed, but we will all have wonderful memories of him, and he will live on through his poetry.
I already miss you, Gordon. Your tremendous (and sometimes wicked) sense of humor will never be forgotten. An especially vivid recollection is the time you fashioned a makeshift wimple out of toilet paper as we were rehearsing songs from the "Sound of Music". I am still laughing.
Thanks Gordon for being there for me the last few years. I will miss our conversation and visits intensely. You are a bright spot for so many. Goodbye buddy
Oh,Gordon, I'll miss our delightful meals together and your constant stream of humor and politics. I'm glad I saved a lot of them! Thank you for brightening so many of my days.
You always brightened my days in the SCC office with your zest for life and love of all things musical. Friendship came easily with you, and I'm sure it still does in your new life.
Gordie, I took great joy in our brief friendship. You were understanding, funny, and warm. I appreciated you accompanying me to Tula's and I loved that you cared. I will miss you.
Gordon: I will miss standing next to you while singing in choir...your humor and conscientiousness always the right mix.
Gordon, I miss you so much. We had such fun at Seattle Choral Company functions, laughing and singing together. We loved the fact that we lived in New York City at the same time and that we still thought we were youngsters! You are a star in the sky and I will look for you and send my love. Joy
I always stood in awe of your vast humanity, your warmth, and your authentic love. I miss you, Gordy.
Thank you making SCC rehersals extra fun with your out-going personality and sense of humor. You'll be missed. Peace.
What a joy it was to know you, Gordon, and to share your zest for every day, your interest in so much around you, and your wicked humor! It was a disapointment on those rare weeks when I didn't get to see you and visit at rehearsals. Godspeed in your next journey.
There is a big hole in my email inbox these days. Gordie and I swapped many stories, humor and political rants over the last few years and they - and he - will be sorely missed.
Gordon: Everytime I see the sun shine I will think of you and know that your smile has seen fit to light up the heavens on that day.
Blessings to you and my sincerest condolences to your family and friends.
That grin! Thanks for that wonderful grin!
I will surly miss you my friend.A friendship full of joy that has span a decade.Love Nate
We will miss you Uncle Gordo. I wish our little one would have met you... You brought me a lot of sanity amonst a sea of so many who thought THEY were the sane ones. Save us a place at your table in you new neighborhood. We'll do Sushi. Until then....
Here are the final two verses of a poem Gordon wrote last year entitled, "Impermanence." Yes, Gordon, this season came too soon...
I am alone in this empty room.
Dry branches whisper
The door blows open
My wounded heart is fed.
Cold sunset, colder river
Leaves tumble in the meadow
This season comes too soon
Night settles quickly, gently.
--September 5, 2004
Dear Gordon: How dare you skip earth so fast with scarce little warning to those of us hanging around waiting for one more anecdote from your very diverse life story, one more giggle, one more shared memory of our lively, gay pasts and one more glance from your smiling face. Okay - now go light up some other room. With love