Edward D. Gordon
...Edward D. Gordon TROY - Edward D. Gordon, a lifelong Troy resident for over 76 years, and husband of Joan A. VanDeloo Gordon, passed away on June 2 after a brief illness.
...Ed was a 1946 graduate of Troy High School and later the General Electric Co.Technical School
and for many years earned continuing professional education credits in the field of taxation and finance.He served in the U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division, 578th Combat Engineers, during the occupation of Japan and in the Korean conflict, where he earned the Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge.After military service, Mr. Gordon was employed by the General Electric Co. and was a member of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union Local 583 and worked as a waiter at area landmarks, which included the Ten Eyck Hotel, The Hendrick Hudson, Otto's and Dinty's Terrace Garden in Latham.Years later, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for over 28 years, serving as a rural letter carrier for nearly 15 years before retiring in January 1987.During his postal years, Ed held various union offices, including president, and was a long-time shop steward and advocate for employee rights.Ed was a member of Germania Hall in Lansingburgh, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Civil War Roundtable Group, where his interest and expertise of the Civil War led him to many historic battlefields and historic gravesites over the years.He was a former member of the Capital District Baseball Umpires Association (1953-1970), where he was an officer and served as rules interpreter for many years.
In the 1970's Ed managed and coached at the Armory Little League
, the Brunswick Babe Ruth and spearheaded an effort to erect a baseball backstop in Frear Park that still stands today.Some years later, Ed was a part-time minor league evaluator for the Professional Baseball Umpires Association.
An avid minor league baseball fan, Ed
traveled with his
wife throughout New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas to watch baseball.He
was a regular fan at Hawkins Stadium in Albany in the 1940s and 50s and Historic Waconah Park in Pittsfield during the Red Sox and Rangers tenure.In recent years, he
enjoyed summer nights with his
wife at "The Joe."His
love for travel after retirement brought him to various locations in Canada as well as numerous Korean War reunions throughout the country.During the period 1961-2005, Ed
and Joan Gordon operated the Edward D. Gordon Income Tax Service, serving clients with tax preparation, planning and financial consulting.
loved and adored his
five granddaughters and was very proud of all of their academic and athletic accomplishments.He
could be seen on a field, track or court as they competed and his
post-game critiques and encouragement will be missed but never forgotten.The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy.Interment with military honors will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Mr. Gordon
requested that donations be made to the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, 501 Fourth Ave., Troy, NY 12182, or to St. Anthony's Church, 28 State St., Troy, NY 12180, in his
memory.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy, NY 12180. (518) 272-3930.