Neil Jordan

Neil Lee Jordan

Retired SFPD Sgt. Inspector

Passed away Jan. 21st, 2014 at 83 years old.

He died peacefully in his home he built surrounded by his loving and adoring family.

Born the 5th of six children to Charles and Lessie Jordan in Albany IN.

Attended Balboa High School class of 1949 where he was a track star and Valedictorian. He attended UC Berkeley on a scholarship. He took his first job at Singer Sewing Machine in 1951.

He met his wife Eleanor swimming in the bay at Candlestick Cove. They married on Dec 23rd 1950 and began their family in 1951.

Worked SFPD 1953-1981. He was awarded many honors including Police Officer of the Year 1972 and a Citation for the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 1962.

In 1963 he finished the home he built with his two hands in San Rafael. He was so proud that he touched every piece of rock and dirt on the land.

After retirement, worked security at the SF Fairmont Hotel. His later years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with friends and family. Family was his life – he adored 
watching all of his children's lives unfold, including his grandchildren and their children.

Everyone that knew him, loved him so much. He loved Creekside Bakery in Novato and was so proud of his family who owned it. He was their biggest supporter and their biggest tipper.

He is survived by his 4 children, Scott, Steven, Jeffrey and Laurie (Sterner) and their spouses, Cindy, Gail and Michael Sterner, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also, his sister Nancy Erickson and sister in law Jacqueline Bauman. He was preceded in death by his 1st grandchild, Bethany.

He was a lover of Sees Candy, Mike n' Ikes, Ice Cream and Root Beer. His hobbies were building, remodeling, puttering around the house & hosing down the driveway. He was a detective at heart and kept detailed notes on every single thing he did every single day of his life.

A final note he wrote, read, "Leave a legacy of Love". That was his life. Everyone was blessed to have him in their lives.

Neil's wishes were for his ashes to be laid to rest 
in San Francisco Bay alongside his wife, Eleanor's.

Those who knew and loved Neil are welcome to a celebration of Life held on Sat. Mar 22nd at Redwood Grove Picnic Area at Samuel P. Taylor State Park at 1pm. Please bring a lawn chair.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2014