Ralph E. Gordon Sr.
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA
Ralph E. Gordon, Sr.

Greenfield, , MA — Ralph E. Gordon, Sr., 86, of 13 High Street, Greenfield, MA, passed peacefully with loving family at his side on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, following a period of declining health.

He was born in Greenfield to Joseph Robert Gordon Sr., and Olive Levira (Snow) Gordon on August 22, 1935. He attended Greenfield High School but did not graduate with his class but later in life obtained his GED allowing him to take art classes at GCC. He worked for the B & M Railroad as a brakeman and conductor and assisted when the Hoosac Tunnel was converted from two tracks to one.

His first job in journalism was with the Greenfield Recorder and later was offered a job at the Union News where he worked for over 40 years, including many of those years as Franklin County Bureau Chief. He wrote a weekly column that many remember called "Never a Bad Day" in which he offered accolades to hometown, unsung heroes who gave to the community without recognition. Many still remember when he also worked for WHAI radio station as a sports and news reporter.

For many years, he participated in an annual basketball fundraiser against either the police or fire department as "the old guy" on the team. They stole bits from the Harlem Globetrotters to make the game fun. Ralph was a Freemason for 58 years and served with his son, Jeffrey, as District Deputy Senior Grand Warden. He was also a multiple-time past Patron of the order of Eastern Star which he attended with his wife, Priscilla. Over the years he has served as a town meeting member, board member of the Franklin County Agricultural Society and Trustee for Shea Theater, GCTV, and AK Warner Fund.

Ralph leaves his wife Priscilla (Warner) Gordon, son Douglas R Gordon -wife Jacqueline and grand-daughters Katherine Gordon and Elizabeth Cicia; son Jeffrey Gordon-wife Deborah and grand-daughter Melissa Gordon and grand-son Christopher Gordon, son Ralph E Gordon Jr- wife Sue Gordon, grandsons Nathan & Tom Senn and grand-daughter Jennifer Senn. He also leaves numerous step children, step grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Lt. Col Joseph Robert Gordon and his aunt Leah Talmadge of CT.

Due to existing COVID19 considerations, memorial services will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:00PM at Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA. Rev. David Neil, Pastor of the United Church of Bernardston will officiate. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance. A private visitation will be held for family only. Flowers are respectfully requested to be omitted, with donations as an expression of one's affection preferred in Ralph's name to the Franklin County Agricultural Society, Attn: Suzanne Hunter-Treasurer, P.O. Box 564, Greenfield, MA 01302-0564

The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message maybe found at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com

Published by The Recorder on Sep. 14, 2021.
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Gone, but never forgotten, for how could he be?
Linda Siteman
Work
October 5, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Priscilla and the family. I always enjoyed visiting with Ralph. He will be missed.
Sharon Lamonakis
September 27, 2021
I lived on Prospect Street. Just around the corner from you Ralph. We went to kindergarten together. Federal Street School. You were one of my very first friends. I am so proud of you. You were a true pillar of your community. I lived next door to Sandy Crosier`s grandfather. My deepest sympathy goes to all the family on your two losses. Ralph and Sandy both. The Recorder bought my great aunt`s house on Hope Street for the expansion of their offices. Sadly, your friend Molly Cleary Hancock
Molly Hancock
Friend
September 17, 2021
Ralph was an unforgettable character who could be depended upon for the "true words" of the story as he wrote with all the vibrancy of his repertoire. With special appreciation for his GCC support in many ways!
Jean Ball Simmons
Work
September 16, 2021
My deepest sympathies. Ralph was always such a gentleman at Eastern Star events and I will miss him greeting me.
Kassie Mahoney
Friend
September 15, 2021
Doug and family, sorry for the loss of your loved father and grandfather,
Karen Taylor
September 14, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Pauline Lego
September 14, 2021
I am so sorry to read of Ralph's passing. He never seemed to age. He was always a fixture around Greenfield it will be sad not to run into him and his lovely wife. I loved his Column "Never a bad day ". My condolences to his family Greenfield will never be the same.
Christina Lively
September 14, 2021
always loved having talks with you when you came in the library when i was working there. Rest in peace Ralph.
Pam Murphy
Friend
September 14, 2021
Dear Jeff and family, I wanted to let you know how sorry I am on the loss of Ralph. We so loved his columns in the Union, he was so positive and up lifting. God bless you all as you struggle with his passing. Marita Hutchinson
An avid reader of " Never a bad day"
September 13, 2021
I Remember Ralph As A Very Loving & Caring Man. I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. May He RIP.
Deborah Prest George
Friend
September 13, 2021
Had some good conversations over many years. So sorry, God Speed Ralph.
Glady Lyman
September 13, 2021
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