In Memory
Kenneth Carl Gordon

(Plain Press, March 2005) Kenny Gordon, age 48, who grew up in Wooster, moved to Cleveland in the mid-1980s and became an integral part of the Near West Side community. He originally settled in the Thomas Merton House on W. 38 and later lived in a number of different locations throughout the neighborhood.

Gordon took being a member of the community seriously. He was always ready to participate in community meetings, protests, vigils, and other public events. He often attended plays, art openings, sports contests, and festivals in the neighborhood to seek entertainment and be supportive of the community.

He volunteered for the Plain Press, helping in a variety of ways. He helped with office work, served as a sports and news stringer, and wrote stories. Gordon added some levity to the lives of the busy editorial staff and advertising sales crew.

Over the past several years Gordon has been a regular member of the Plain Press distribution team, helping to deliver the newspapers to over 500 locations on the Near West Side.

Gordon also was a regular volunteer for Near West Theatre. He acted in several plays and often helped with the many behind-the-scenes jobs necessary to put on a play. As a friend and supporter of neighborhood theatre, Gordon encouraged friends to attend plays and support both Near West Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre.

A sports enthusiast, Gordon played softball for Orange Blossom Press and various teams in the Near West Side Church League for many years.  Gordon played for as long as his health would allow since multiple sclerosis limited his softball playing.

Kenny Gordon passed away on January 24th. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Edwin and Alaine Gordon of Wooster, Ohio; and his sister Kathy Gordon; her husband Bill Fabeer; and their children, all of Portland, Oregon.


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