Harry O. Gordon


FARMINGTON – Harry O. Gordon, 70, affectionately known by many as the “mayor” of Strong, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Franklin Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 28, 1936, a son of the late Lawrence R. and Mahla J. (Churchill) Gordon Sr.

He attended school in Kingfield and was a graduate of Strong High School, Class of 1956. Since the late 1950s, he has worked in the woods of western Maine as a self-employed lumberman. He was proudly serving on the board of selectmen for the town of Strong and was scheduled to receive a surprise honor from the Strong Business Alliance and the town of Strong on Jan. 17, at their annual meeting for his dedication to his business and the Strong community.

His very competitive nature was evident in his passion for auto racing especially supporting his son’s driving career, traveling all across the country to watch him race. He loved hunting, and was pleased that last year he got a nice buck, “himself,” and was equally proud of the moose he got several years ago.

Prior to his poor health, he enjoyed horse pulling and playing horseshoes and he loved fishing and camping and looked forward to his annual Independence Day celebration on July 4 at the camp on Porter Lake, where everyone was invited. He was known for the advice he shared with everyone; solicited or unsolicited he gave it freely to all.

He is survived by his daughter, Leisa Adams, and her husband, David, of Strong; his son, Tracy Gordon of Strong; his longtime devoted companion, Gail Luce, of Strong, and her two sons, Glen Luce, and his companion, Gale Richards, of Turner and Scott Luce, and his wife, Melissa, of Strong; grandchildren, Eric, Danielle, Taylor, Briana, Dylan, Cameron, Jim, Daniel, Nathan and Adam; a brother, Lawrence R. Gordon Jr., and his wife, Norma, of Wiscasset; a sister, Sandra Robinson, and her husband, Perley, of Turner; a brother-in-law, Steve Peary of Strong; his former wife and friend, Gloria Gordon of Strong; special uncles, Larry Gordon of Strong and Sonny (John) Gordon of Canton.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Peary in 2005; and a granddaughter, Paige Gordon in 1995.