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29 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-561-3980
29 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-561-3980
Philip Gordon

Philip J. Gordon

Wednesday, July 1st, 1925 - Thursday, July 4th, 2019
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Philip J. Gordon, 94, of Prospect Ave., Plattsburgh, passed away on July 4, 2019 at CVPH with his loving daughters by his side. Phil was born in Plattsburgh on July 1, 1925 to Myron J. Gordon, Sr. and Bertha (Mendelsohn) Gordon. He was extremely proud of his family heritage, and loved sharing the emigration stories of his maternal great-grandparents from Germany in 1858, and his paternal grandparents from Russia in 1880. He shared with great pride that his maternal great-grandparents were one of the first Jewish families to settle in this city.
During the early war years of 1942-1943, he took pilot training locally and joined the Civil Air Patrol, often flying with the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (St. Hubert’s, Que.). On September 7, 1942, Phil was involved in a single engine aircraft crash in the Chateauguay Lake Narrows. His injuries did not deter his plans to join the US Army Air Force (USAAF), which he did prior to his 18th Birthday. He was a graduate of PHS, class of 1943, and upon graduation immediately enlisted in the USAAF. He served three years, first as an Aviation Flight Cadet and later as an official ground/aerial photographer for the 485th Bomb Group. Upon his honorable discharge from service in 1946, he joined the family businesses, working closely with his father operating Gordon’s Drug Store and Gordon’s Boot Shop.
He married the love of his life, Shirley L. Jessey of Plattsburgh on June 18, 1950. He often shared the story of how he fell in love with her the minute he saw her. Together they owned and operated several businesses and shared a love of traveling.
As a young businessman, Phil and his partner David Morris opened the Orange Julep Drive-in Restaurant in 1957, and owned several apartment buildings around the city. In 1964, he and Shirley purchased the Bayside Motel, operating the business with their partner Charles Lord.
Phil was an active member of his community, and was a charter member of the Optimist Club, a former member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge #621, the Clinton County Historical Association, and the Temple Beth Israel. He was active in law enforcement with the NYS Conservation Department, working closely with Robert Jarvis for 22 years. Additionally, he and James O’Connor founded the Plattsburgh City Auxiliary Police, where he served as a Captain.
Phil and Shirley operated a thriving antiques business for over 40 years, specializing in high quality fine art, jewelry, silver, and paintings. Their reputation as knowledgeable and reliable dealers was recognized throughout the country and abroad. He was an avid researcher and collector of local historical artifacts, and donated many items to the CCHA. He was actively involved in all aspects of the museum, including helping locate a permanent location for it on the old Air Force Base. As a museum board member, he helped identify, evaluate, and photographically record a large part of their historical collection. Phil was an acknowledged specialist and collector of Redford Glass, and enjoyed sharing that knowledge with other collectors.
Phil is survived by his two daughters, Lynn LaClair (Ray), Julie Ross, former son-in-law Michael Ross (Jerri), and three grandchildren, Gordon Lafountain (Maria Rafalko), Leigh Ross, and Evan Ross (Sarah Jones), two sisters-in law, Helen Jessey and Mary Matteson, several nieces and nephews and many special friends. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley, his parents, his sister Barbara (Gordon) Nolland, and two brothers, Paul Gordon, and M. Jay Gordon.
Phil was especially grateful for the care he received from Dr. Richard Webber and the staff of Lake City Primary Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in his memory be made to Temple Beth Israel, 1 Bowman Lane, 12901, or Hospice of The North Country, 358 Tom Miller Road, 12901.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 3:00-6:00pm. A funeral service will be Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:30am in the Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be private in Beth Israel Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518)-561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at
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Sister Helen Hermann, SSJ

Posted at 06:25pm
On behalf of the Seton Catholic family of faith, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Philip's family and friends. May he rest in peace and may the angels lead him to him heavenly home! We are very grateful to him for serving our country.

Jeffrey Jarvis

Posted at 12:23pm
Julie and Lynn,
My brothers and I send our most sincere condolences regarding the passing of our "family" friend. Phil was always so kind to our parents and to the three of us. We have always had the utmost respect for your Dad, and Mom as well! Phil never missed a birthday of either Bob or Gert. I remember the phone calls! In reading his obituary, I didn't know of some of his many accomplishments. You certainly should be proud! Thank you too for mentioning our father in the narrative. I am sure he and Phil have met already up there! Take care.

Jeff Jarvis for David, Karl and family.

Darlene Winterkorn

Posted at 12:54pm
Many many great memories, but I think holiday time will be forever memorable with everyone. I met Uncle Phil at my first Winterkorn holiday party when I was 15 years old and he was witty and very welcoming. Before I moved to Florida he and I had some wonderful and supportive talks that I will forever be eternally greatful for. He was a wonderful and loving family man. I admired him so much.❤️

Garry Douglas

Posted at 06:44pm
Phil was an exemplary business leader and serial entrepreneur in Plattsburgh for decades, playing a definite role in the area's continuing evolution and progress and demonstrating the importance of community service by businesspeople. Condolences from everyone at the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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