Obituary of Leonard Gordon
Leonard Augustus Gordon affectionately known to family and friends as “Brother” or “Sir Len” was born on March 1, 1946 in the small rural village of John’s Hall, St. James, Jamaica West Indies. Leonard was the fourth of fifteen children born to Walter and Agatha Gordon, both deceased. He was the first male and his sisters were so happy for a brother, that they immediately just called him “Brother” before they knew his official name. The name “Brother” is still used today.
His formative years began at the John’s Hall All Age School. After leaving school he went to learn Tiling. After, almost a year at his apprenticeship he left due to poor treatment by the contractors. He went on to do other small jobs until he landed a job at Donald Sangster’s International Airport in Montego Bay. He worked there for over twenty years until the opportunity to migrate to the United States of America knocked on his door.
Leonard immigrated to New York in 1988 to make a better life for himself and his family. He went to work as a custodian at Baruch College in New York until he retired May 17, 2018.
In November of 1989 he returned to the Island and married Mable Young. Leonard was a wonderful husband, father, step-father, brother and friend. He always conducted himself with dignity and respect for others. He would make whatever necessary sacrifice for his family and those for whom he cared.
In as much as he took life seriously, he was a jovial person with a very unique sense of humor and quick wit. At family gatherings or when you are in his company, it did not take much for him to have you laughing in stitches. Leonard enjoyed life and especially good food. However, you would not find him near a stove cooking a meal. The best he would do near a stove is to make tea. He would always joke that he does not have the patience to cook.
Leonard is survived by: his wife Mable; son Albert; step-children Corrine, Ryan, Patrick, Devon, Dalton, Sharna and Roland (“Leon”); grand-daughter Imani; nine step grand-daughters and eight step-grandsons; sisters Rose, Joyce, Hilda, Mable, Olive, Barbara, Cynthia, Daphne and Ivy; brothers Lloyd and Robert plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and a host of friends. May He Rest in Peace
Viewing will be Friday, September 21, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. in Farenga Bros. Funeral Home, 920 Allerton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469.
Prayer Service will be Friday, September 21st from 12:30 - 3:00 P.M.