Obituary: Larry L. Gordon – Lewiston Sun Journal


Larry L. Gordon

AUBURN – Larry L. Gordon, 63, lost his brave five-year battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Androscoggin Hospice House with his family by his side.

He was born on July 30, 1958 in Rumford to Lincoln and Sylvia (Holman) Gordon. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1977 and the University of Southern Maine in 1981 and married the former Dawn Allen in June 1984.

Larry’s teaching career spanned over 40 years, including two years at Gardiner Area High School, where he was also the assistant hockey coach of the State Class B hockey team. He spent the last 38 years at Edward Little High School, where he enjoyed his role as Head of the Endeavors. His love of teaching was evident in his refusal to retire, even after he was diagnosed with cancer, and in the patience and treatment shown to his students.

Growing up he enjoyed the great outdoors and took annual hunting and fishing trips with his father and friends in Allagash. As a teenager, Larry was a boy scout who excelled at fly tying and played hockey and baseball. Participating in the activities of his children and later his granddaughter was something special for him, as was lobster feed for the extended family with homemade ice cream.

His involvement in the sport reflected his love of the games, playing both baseball and hockey through college and beyond, coaching youth baseball and soccer, Edward Little High School hockey, Gray and Edward Little softball, and finally Auburn Middle School baseball. Larry was also an active umpire, serving on the Jamie Benson Scholarship Committee, Auburn Youth Hockey Board, and serving as President of the Auburn Suburban Little League for many years. He enjoyed being the official goalscorer of Edward Little basketball games and working on the Maine State Basketball Championships at the Augusta Civic Center.

Larry served for several years as President of the Printing Excellence Program, which recognizes corporations and schools nationwide and awards scholarships to students. He partnered with the New England School of Metalwork for Edward Little students. As a graphics teacher, he also printed for other agencies in the city of Auburn and was a member of the National, Maine, and Auburn Education Associations.

He is fondly remembered for his contributions to the community, including volunteering for Androscoggin Relay for Life and as a member of the Auburn Grandstand Club, where he loved being grill master at Edward Little football games. Summers spent a lot of time with his family, who meant everything to him. He spent his winters building an ice rink in his back yard for his kids and neighbors. He particularly enjoyed his time at Camp in Weld, watching the New England Patriots, Red Sox, and Boston Bruins.

Larry is survived by his wife, Dawn; Daughter Kristi, son Mathew and girlfriend Megan Thomson; Granddaughter Adalyn; Sisters Marcia (Richard) Jolicoeur, Deborah (Dennis) Heffernan and Cathy Stevens and companion Mike Seguin; many cousins; Nieces and nephews, nephews-in-law; and great-nieces and nephews.

The tour will take place on October 29th from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm in the Fortin Group at 217 Turner St. in Auburn. The celebration of life takes place at East Auburn Baptist Church at 560 Park Ave. held in Auburn. on October 30th at 11 a.m. Please be aware of COVID security.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber, CMMC, and Hospice House for their exceptional compassion and care. Thanks also to extended family, special friends, colleagues, and students for their friendships and support.

The arrangements are under the care and direction of The Fortin Group, 217 Turner St., Auburn.

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