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Lewis C. Gordon

October 8, 2015
Lake Placid News

Lewis C. Gordon, 90, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at his home under the care of his family and High Peaks Hospice.

Lewis was born in Plattsburgh on Oct. 6, 1924, the son of Clifford and Kathleen (Lewis) Gordon. He grew up in AuSable Forks and graduated from AuSable Forks Central School in 1942. Basketball was his sport, and he loved baseball as well. He played the trombone in the Holy Name Boys Band and also in a jazz band that played at dances around the North Country.

Lewis joined the Army during World War II, was stationed in Kentucky and then shipped out to England for the balance of his tour of duty. After the war, he returned to AuSable Forks, where he joined his father's fuel oil business with his brother Lawrence ("Waxy"), forming Gordon Oil Company. Lewis and Waxy ran the company together for 21 years, selling it in 1978. He then worked for Metropolitain Petroleum and Agway before retiring.

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Lewis was a member of Tahawus Masonic Lodge 790 in AuSable Forks for 65 years. He held multiple offices during that time and was secretary for the past 32 years, continuing even after he could no longer attend meetings.

Lewis was an avid reader and fly fisherman, and he loved the music of the big bands. He enjoyed working outdoors, taking care of his property and all the projects that went with it.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Carl Kopec of Wilmington; his grandson Ben Kopec of White River Junction, Vermont; his brother and sister-in-law Howard and Nancy Gordon of Lake Placid and Ormond Beach, Florida; his sister-in-law Doris Gordon of Vero Beach, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Lewis was predeceased in 2009 by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Palmquist), and also by his brother Lawrence "Waxy" Gordon.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 at the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, 3 College St., AuSable Forks. A Masonic service followed by a funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations in Lewis' memory may be made to High Peaks Hospice, P.O. Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or the AuSable River Association, P.O. Box 8, Wilmington, NY 12997.

Arrangements are in care of the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, 518-647-8177.

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