Born Dec. 8, 1959 in Glens Falls, Daniel was the son of Joseph and Mary Rita (Forgette) Gordon.
Dan graduated from Whitehall Central School as senior class president in the class of 1979, where he lettered in football, and wrestling. Along with sports, he served as an altar boy for Notre Dame des Victories Church for many years. In 2005, Daniel attained his BA through an online course of study.
Daniel was employed by Cuomo’s in Whitehall, the Village of Whitehall as a village police officer and as the Whitehall Sewage treatment plant operator. He retired from the NYS DEC as an educator and sewage treatment plant adviser. Most recently, Daniel has worked as a tutor for students at the Whitehall School’s GED program. Tutoring was his true calling.
Daniel was the founding member of the 18th century Revolutionary War re-enacting group, The Loyal Scots and participated in hundreds of re-enactments over more than 20 years. Additionally, Daniel was the leader of the Color Guard for the Galoway Gaelic Pipes & Drum band for many years.
His other interests included his love of family, camping, baking, fishing and singing greatly. He will always be remembered for his undying faith in God, supportive ways, acts of kindness to anyone in need and his wonderful outlook. Daniel’s sense of humor and strength for everything he held dear were among his outstanding attributes.
Daniel was predeceased by his father, Joseph E, Gordon; his brother, Thomas Gordon and his nephew, TJ.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Doreen (Battease Carey) Gordon; his sons, Daniel M. Gordon II and his wife Jodi; Leon J. Gordon and wife Nicole; his daughter Brittany A. Short and husband Eric. Dan’s step children, Danielle, Caitlin and Kelsey Carey; his mother, Rita Gordon. ] His brothers, Joseph Gordon Jr. and wife Claire; Marty Gordon and wife Dot; Andy Gordon and wife Evie; Francis Gordon and wife Patty; Christopher Gordon and wife Patty; his sister, Rosemary and husband Bruce LeBeau.
Dan’s beloved grandchildren who are the true fire in his life, include Isla and Lincoln Short; Phoebe Gordon and Gia McKenzie. Daniel also leaves numerous nephews, nieces, many cousins and dear friends.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Jillson Funeral Home, Williams St., Whitehall, NY 12887.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan, 25, 2014, at Our Lady of Hope Church, Skene St., Whitehall, N.Y.,12887, with the Rev. Rendell Torres officiating.
Interment will take place at a date to be determined in the spring.
Memorial contributions in Daniel’s name may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 100 Glen St., Glens Falls, N.Y., 12804.