January 22, 1932 — May 12, 2019
WHITEHALL — Leslie A. Gordon (Les) went into the arms of the lord unexpectedly on May 12, 2019 at Slate Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. Les was born on Jan. 22, 1932 in Whitehall, the son of the late Clarence and Florence (Hughes) Gordon.
Les was a lifelong resident of Whitehall, enlisting in the United States Marine Corp. at the age of 19, and served three years on active duty. He earned a Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Ribbon and a National Defense Service Medal.
He served in the Korean Conflict as an Amphibian Tractor Crewman and was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon. Upon separation from the Marines, He joined the New York Army National Guard and served in many positions with the various units stationed at the Whitehall armory. He retired in 1992 with over 20 years of reserve service.
He married his longtime sweetheart, Rose Martin, in September 1956.
Les was a retired corrections officer from Great Meadow Correctional Facility, where he worked for over 30 years.
He was very active and a life member in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) Lodge #1491, serving as the exalted ruler, trustee and tyler. He was also a member of American Legion Post #83.
He was a communicant of the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, where he was an usher and guardian adorer of the blessed sacrament.
Les was predeceased by his brother, Norman; and his “great” uncle, Arthur Hughes of Hydeville, Vermont.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rose Gordon of Whitehall; son, Gary Gordon (Kerrie) of South Glens Falls; daughter, Patricia Linehan of Moreau; son, Leslie Gordon (Cassie) of Fort Edward; sister, Ruth (Fred) Valastro; grandchildren, Michael (Sarah) and Tim (Sarah) Gordon and Zachary and Kassidy Gordon; and great-grandchildren, Kylie and Elijah Gordon.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall. BPOE Lodge #1491 will hold a Lodge of Sorrow at 6:30 p.m. A Legionaries Service will be conducted by Whitehall American Legion Post #83 at 6:45 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, with Reverend Joe Arockiasamy officiating. Committal service will follow with full military honors, conducted by the Whitehall American Legion Post #83 in the Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.
The family has suggested that any memorial contributions be made in Les’s name to the Whitehall American Legion Post #83 Memorial Wall Fund, 148 Main St., Whitehall, NY 12887.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.