Larry L. Gordon

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

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

Larry’s teaching career spanned 40 years with two years at Gardiner Area High School where he was also assistant hockey coach to the Class B state championship hockey team. The last 38 years were spent at Edward Little High School where he enjoyed his role as Department Head of Aspirations. His love of teaching was apparent in his refusal to retire, even after his cancer diagnosis, and in his patience and treatment shown to his students.

Growing up he enjoyed the outdoors, taking annual trips with his dad and friends to the Allagash hunting and fishing. As a youth, Larry was a Boy Scout excelling at fly tying and played hockey and baseball. Attending his children’s and then granddaughter’s activities were special to him, as were extended family lobster feeds with homemade ice cream.

His involvement in sports 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 also was an active umpire, and served on the Jamie Benson Scholarship Committee, Auburn Youth Hockey board, and was president of Auburn Suburban Little League for many years. He enjoyed being the official scorekeeper of Edward Little Basketball games and working the Maine State Basketball Championships at the Augusta Civic Center.

Larry spent several years as president of the Printing Excellence Program which recognized businesses and schools statewide and awarded scholarships to students. He created a partnership with New England School of Metalwork for Edward Little students. As the graphics instructor, he also printed for other entities 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 the grill-master at Edward Little football games. Summers were dedicated spending time with his family who meant everything to him. He spent his winters making an ice rink in his backyard for his kids and neighbors. He especially enjoyed his time at camp in Weld, and 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 grandnieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Fortin Group, at 217 Turner St. in Auburn, on Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The Celebration of Life will be at East Auburn Baptist Church, at 560 Park Ave. in Auburn, on Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. Please follow COVID safety.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber, CMMC, and Hospice House for their exceptional compassion and care. Also, thanks go to his extended family, special friends, peers, and students for their friendships and support.

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

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