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Gordon S. Kinghorn III, 83, of Gloucester, affectionately known as “Sonny,” passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family’s love and devotion. Gordon was the dedicated husband of Nancy (Orlando) Kinghorn, with whom he shared 61 happy years of marriage.

He was the only child of the late Gordon S. and Florence (Currier-DaSilva) Kinghorn. He lived in Gloucester his whole life and was a graduate of GHS, Class of 1951. Gordon served honorably in the United States Army from 1953 through 1955, achieving the rank of Corporal and often happily reminisced of those days with stories of camaraderie and the experience of being abroad.

Upon his return home, he married Nancy and shared their lives invested in the wellbeing of their family. He was the devoted husband and father who reveled in his family’s achievements, participated in their interests and loved being the “Grampy.” Gordon is survived by Nancy; their four children, Florence Morrell, her husband, Richard of West Melbourne, Fla.; Dean, his wife, Karen (Bailey) of Abingdon, Md.; Sarah Schultz, her husband, Doug of Gloucester; Ruth Allouise and her husband, Joe of Beverly; his five grandchildren, Ian, Harrison and Rebecca Kinghorn, Zachary Schultz and Isabella Allouise. His favorite moments were sharing family times with Nancy and their family. Nothing compared to a full house and being surrounded by his wife’s cooking and his family’s love and laughter. Gordon will be missed by all of his extended family of in-laws; Nina (Orlando) Favazza of Gloucester; and Anthony and Josephine Orlando of Stuart, Fla.; countless nieces and nephews, cousins and family friends.

Gordon worked for the First National Stores during high school and resumed his position for another 25 years. He may be remembered most at the Eastern Avenue store as produce manager through 1980. After the chain closed he learned about circuitry and worked at Varian and Flex Key Astronics until his “retirement” in 1996. He did continue to work part-time as a custodian at the Fuller School where he enjoyed the work and repairing parts of classroom learning tools. His resourcefulness was boundless.

Being in the school environment ignited his natural talent to teach and entertain. He visited the Fuller and later the Veterans’ Memorial Schools to present students the proper etiquette of the American flag, entertain with magic shows and visit as “Dr. Frank N. Stein” at Halloween, or as the mischievous leprechaun, Ian O’Gee, the character of a St. Patrick’s Day tale he wrote, all for the smiles and shrieks of the students. The children’s hand written thank you notes were cherished mementos he proudly shared.
Gordon spent many hours tinkering in his woodworking shop creating toys and clocks. He never hesitated to work on his home interior or to give his neighbors a helping hand. He was involved with Boy Scout Pack and Troops 112 from the late 60s and continued to share his knowledge and love of scouting when his grandson was a scout in the same organization. His creativity and willingness to exchange his values made him engaging and informative. Most recently he used those talents, standing at the Fisherman’s Statue, inviting Gloucester visitors to hear the history of Gloucester Harbor. He considered himself the “unofficial tour guide” of the Boulevard. His tales were woven from his experience as a youngster on the wharves, family exchanges and the stories he picked up from other Gloucester-ites. He beamed being recognized as the “Guy in the Hat" by locals and visitors. So many sent emails and pictures thanking him for sharing his piece of Gloucester with them.
Visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. Gordon’s funeral service will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of the North Shore, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  February 27, 2017
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