Robert Miller Gordon Jr. died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children and his faithful dog, Jesse, on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021--Veteran's Day, an appropriate day for this American patriot and Korean War veteran. Born May 28, 1930, to Robert M. Gordon and Mary Pascoe Gordon, Bob was a true Pittsburgh boy. He grew up in Rosslyn Farms with his younger brother, best friend, and lifelong business partner, Tucker. Bob was an athlete, a scholar, a loving husband and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Duke University. He was a champion wrestler throughout high school and college. He also excelled on the track, where his record in the 440 hurdles stood for nearly 50 years. Bob was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and among the first Eagle Scouts in Western Pennsylvania. He married Shirley Dewis of Interlaken, N.J., his loving wife of 64 years, in 1950, and had Kathy, the first of their six children. The Korean War interrupted college and marriage when Bob shipped out as an ROTC first lieutenant. He returned home with captain's bars and was then promoted to the rank of major to complete his reserve duty and finish college at Washington and Jefferson University. Bob took over Gordon Lubricating Co. in 1962, when his father died, and with the help of Tucker, turned Gordon Terminal Service Co. into a thriving and successful business. But his passions were many, and his determined work ethic did not prevent him from enjoying life to the fullest. Bob had an adventurous spirit. He was a terrific golfer, but he liked to say that he golfed because the snow melted and he couldn't ski. He built a home in Vermont because he loved to ski. He also enjoyed tennis, bicycling, canoeing and hang-gliding. A natural performer, Bob loved the stage as well as the field. Other passions were his Scottish heritage and his Pittsburgh sports teams. He traveled and danced with Shirley and skied and golfed with his kids. He adored his 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and he made every special occasion memorable. Bob lived his life with integrity and a charitable heart. He touched many lives with his joyful generosity and exuberant style. He was a Boy Scout leader, an elder in his church, a mentor and a teacher. Bob was an insatiable learner who read Shakespeare, Milton and Burns to his cross-eyed kids at the dinner table. Bob is survived by his children, Kathy Hilliard, John Gordon (Andree), Cricket Pylman (Rick), Petie Cooklin and Bobby Gordon (Shadley). Bob's grandchildren are Colin Hilliard, Genevieve Sullivan (Mark), Emmy Gordon, Travis Gordon (Martina), Cameron Gordon, Teddy Gordon, Casey Pylman, Danny Pylman, Veronica Cooklin, Sofia Cooklin, Clara Cooklin, Alex Gordon, Elsa Gordon and Mary Grace Gordon; and great-grandchildren are Cayden Hilliard, Bodhi and Flora Sullivan, Danny and Mia Gordon and Sawyer Gordon. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Shirley; and his son, Tommy. A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 414 Grant St., Sewickley, PA 15143. Interment was private. Arrangements entrusted to R.D. COPELAND IRVINE CHAPEL, Sewickley. Remembrances may be made to Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Free Library of Carnegie, PA, and The Boy Scouts of America.
Published by Sewickley Herald on Nov. 25, 2021.