Thomas S. Gordon

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Thomas S. Gordon, 89, of Westminster, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born June 10, 1924, in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late Mack and Bessie Gordon. He was the husband of the late Evelyn Gordon.

His mother died when he was 2, and he was raised in Baltimore by her sisters, Ada and Edith Straus.

He attended grade school in Baltimore. He received his high school diploma from the Park School of Baltimore. He attended Ohio State University, the University of Maryland, and Western Maryland College, which is now McDaniel College.

As a boy he attained the rank of Life Scout and attended the first Boy Scout National Jamboree in Washington, D.C., in 1937. He attended the final joint reunion of Civil War veterans held at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1938. He served with the Navy amphibious forces in the South Pacific during World War II.

He and his wife met during World War II at a USO dance in Milwaukee, Wis., and were married May 30, 1946, in California. In 1948, they purchased Good Luck Farm in Carroll County, where they raised Black Angus cattle.

He was connoisseur of food and traveled extensively with his wife. He enjoyed reading and was known to have an insatiable appetite for knowledge of history. He enjoyed sports, hunting, was a Little League coach and a 4-H adviser.

He was employed by the Farm Bureau, and worked in advertising at Black & Decker. He was a member of the Angus Association, Farm Planning Group of Carroll County, Lions Club, the VFW and Landing Craft Infantry Association of World War II.

He took an active part in research with Maryland Historical Society and served as a member of the Carroll County Civil War Centennial Commission.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Thomas S. Gordon Jr. and Carolyn, of Westminster; and grandchildren Thomas S. Gordon III and wife Brianna, of Westminster, and Carrie and husband Richmond Goughneour, of Rock Hill, S.C.

He was predeceased by a sister, Paula Hannah; and a brother, Mack Gordon.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 Sunday at Eckhart Funeral Chapel, 3296 Charmil Drive, Manchester.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Michael C. Adams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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Funeral Home
Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, P.A. - Manchester
3296 Charmil Drive P.O. Box 389
Manchester, MD 21102
(410) 374-2626
Published in Carroll County Times on June 21, 2013
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