Gordon, Thomas Morrey, passed away at home on April 24, 2013, in Huntington Beach surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 6, 1930, in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from West High School. He served in the US Army Signal Corps during the Korean War from 1951-52. In 1956, he earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota. |
He fell in love with Mary Hoppe in Minneapolis and they were married in 1964. His daughters Jean, Cathy and Susan were born soon after, and the family lived in Cincinnati where they made many lifelong friends during the start of his successful 30-year sales career with West Publishing Company. The family moved west in 1976, where he happily lived the California dream for the rest of his life.
Tom was an active volunteer for numerous causes, including serving as a literary mentor at the Huntington Beach Library and a docent at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, as well as working with Habitat for Humanity for many years. Although Jewish, Tom spent countless hours barbequing and serving food for the annual St. Bonaventure Church Festival. He was an avid reader and enjoyed cycling with Mary and a regular group of friends in Huntington Beach. An enthusiastic baseball fan, he was particularly devoted to the Dodgers. He also traveled and cycled widely throughout the world with Mary and enjoyed new experiences and meeting new people. He is remembered by family and friends for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor, especially his off-the-cuff one-liners.
An only child, Tom is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Mary; three daughters, Jean (Paul) Kerins of Aliso Viejo; Cathy Gordon of Hermosa Beach; and Susan (Tom) Carroll of San Francisco; and five grandchildren: Allison, Jason and Matthew Kerins and Natalie and Conor Carroll. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean per his wishes, and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. A bench will be dedicated to him along the Huntington Beach bike path overlooking the ocean. Memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Published in Orange County Register on May 3, 2013