NEW BOSTON - The Rev. Gordon G. Avery, 87, of New Boston, went to be with his Savior Thursday, March 28, 2013, after a period of declining health. His wife and children held his hands as he left his earthly body for his eternal home.
Gordon was born June 26, 1925, in Milton, Mass. Gordon graduated from Quincy High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army
. He proudly served with the 28th Infantry in Europe during World War II
As a result of his war experiences, Gordon felt called into the ministry. After receiving an A.B. in theology from Gordon College, he began a career at Dun & Bradstreet as a service manager, but it soon became clear to him that God had other plans for his life. He left his promising career to further his education and become a minister of the Gospel. After completion of a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Gordon Divinity School, he was ordained into the ministry. He went on to complete an M.R.E. degree from Andover Newton Theological School.
Reverend Avery served six churches throughout New England during more than 50 years in the ministry. In addition to ministerial duties, Gordon maintained a weekly radio broadcast "The Fellowship of Faith" during his time in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire, and founded Cornerstone Christian Academy in Wolfeboro. Gordon loved his Savior most of all and was eager to see Jesus and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Gordon was a man of humor and of great strength and character. He loved his family dearly and deeply cherished the love of his life Marilyn (née Crook) during their marriage of 61 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his son, Stephen Avery of Punta Gorda, Fla.; his son, William Avery of Ossipee; his son, Andrew Avery and daughter-in-law Helen of Ossipee; his son, Timothy and daughter-in-law Sheila of New Boston; his daughter, Deborah Quimby and son-in-law Edward of Sagaponack, N.Y.; and his daughter, Sharon Avery of Albany. He was also greatly loved by his 16 grandchildren, who will miss their Grampie very much.
services: Calling hours will be held at Lord Funeral Home in Wolfeboro on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at First Christian Church, North Main Street, Wolfeboro, on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Bible Society or the Gideons International.
If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory, visit lordfuneralhome.com