Post Tribute

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

In remembrance of John Gordon, 1928-2019. 
For more than 65 years, John Gordon served as a steadfast and servant leader of his family’s business, passionately committed to the needs of both customers and employees. John, along with his brother, Paul Gordon, were instrumental in pioneering innovations that transformed their family’s business from a small, regional grocery supplier into a multi-billion dollar, multi-national leader in foodservice distribution. It was not uncommon to see John in the office almost daily, as his unwavering passion for his family’s business remained a central part of his life.

John humbly and devoutly believed that God’s grace was his greatest reward and held his faith most precious, followed closely by his deep love for his immediate and extended family, including the people of Gordon Food Service.

Friends and family are invited to share their remembrances of John.

Recent Tributes

  1. I am honored to be a partner with Gordon’s with a man like John being the rudder of the massive GFS ship.
    May the love of God that filled John’s heart surround the family and all those who are saddened by his passing. May his love and passion for Gordon’s continue to guide GFS in the years to come.

  2. THANK YOU MR. GORDON- YOU TRANSFORMED COMMERCIAL FOOD SERVICE & DELIVERY.
    SIR, YOUR FORESIGHT IGNIGHTED THE COMPETITION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESTIGE PRODUCTS.

  3. Met him and his brothers at the Michigan show over 20 years ago, very nice person, as well as his brothers. Rest In Peace and may god look over your family.

  4. Please accept my condolences. I have a memory of seeing John and Nancy at a local diner, Real Food Cafe. My wife and I go to that customer for brunch after Sunday mass. I saw John and I went up to introduce myself and say “hello”. He and Nancy were both so kind and friendly to us. I remember feeling both a sense of pride that one of our leaders was supporting our customer and that he was just a nice, “regular” gent. Every time we eat at that place, I think about John when I pass that booth.

  5. The quiet giant in the industry. I had the pleasure of working and reporting to John SR for five years in Multi-Unit. I learned so much and found that he and Paul were perfect leaders together, John was the quieter, but make no mistake, John always had his finger on the pulse of GFS! RIP as you walk with The Master on the streets of Gold beside the Crystal Sea

  6. Just saw this and am so sad to hear of John’s passing. My Gordy thought the world of him and Paul. I send my deepest sympathy to Nancy and all the Gordon Family.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Prayers go out you to all. Just remember, the grieved are left behind but for John he is celebrating in heaven with God’s holy glory. Blessings and Peace.

  8. My restaurant is a 25 year GFS customer. We have grown from one to four through the blessings of GFS and the Gordon family. I did not know John well, but can only imagine his strong connection to his Faith as I’ve read the posts below.
    My very first GFS show I was bussed to Grand Rapids. I was very new to the industry and scared to death. I sat with a very experienced operator who calmed me down and helped me navigate some tough problems we were facing.
    When we got to the Amway Grand, Paul Gordon got on our bus, shook hands with everyone, asked our names and wanted to know a little about our operations. When we left, he again boarded our our bus, called us each by our first name and asked each of us a very personal question about our businesses. He had actually LISTENED to us in that first encounter.
    Paul said GFS was looking for Customers for Life. 25 years later here I still am. I have heard the legendary stories of annual meetings and the working of the Gordon family Faith into their company and daily living.
    Amazing company, amazing people, God-inspired daily living. God Bless all of GFS through the seeds planted by these wonderful men.

  9. God Bless John, a very nice man and a true servant leader.

  10. See you on the other side John!
    Just an average citizen, and shopper from time to time, always liked the staff, and food!
    Kurt from Columbus, Ohio

  11. A big heart and a laugh to match. Blessed to know both !!

  12. From everyone at Harrys Grill on AMI Florida. Great company…great staff….it all starts at the top! Our prayers and condolences to this awesome family! Jan and Mark Labriola

  13. A few years back I was having lunch with one of the business professors that I had back when I was in college. During the conversation, my professor began telling about a wedding he attended a few weeks earlier. At the wedding, he said he saw an older gentleman sitting by himself, so he went over and started a conversation. My professor asked the gentleman where he worked and he said Gordon Food Service. My professor then asked him his name since he knew quite a few Hope College graduates working at GFS. The gentleman said his name was John Gordon Sr. As my professor was telling me this story, he also talked about he was struck with humility in his conveying he was simply an employee at Gordon Food Service and the passion that John conveyed about GFS to him as their conversation continued.

    This story has always stuck with me and I wanted to share it as a tribute.

    Prayers to the entire family and may John rest in peace.

  14. Our prayers go out to the Gordon family.
    I can not say how much we appreciate all John and the Gordon family has done for us and how the family practiced servant leadership. We will miss him.

  15. My heart and prayers go out to everyone in the Gordon family. I never had the pleasure of meeting John but I have had the pleasure of working for Gordon Food Service for the past 12 years and I can honestly say that after being in the work force for over 45 years, “It is the best company I have ever worked for.”
    The way they treat their employees, customers, vendors and community responsibility, should be a template for every business.
    Go with God John.

    Terrance Sherback, Gordon Food Service, Edmonton, AB Canada, says:
  16. May his Soul Rest In Peace.
    Great man .

  17. I worked at Gordon’s foodservice in the marketplace store right across the street from the old office for 6 years. He was so charming to the customers as well those that worked there. No matter how high or low in the rankings he humbly made EVERYONE feel special and important. Paul was exactly the same way. They both would walk in the store and it lit up the place . They were so humble and you could instantly notice they were servants of God. I ended up moving up to the corporate office. I didn’t see him so much there but will never forget how John and Paul treated everyone. So sad he passed but I know where he is along with his brother in heaven 😇😇

  18. My condolences to the entire Gordon family. John and his family built a wonderful company with integrity and compassion. He leaves a lasting legacy. My prayers are with all of you.

  19. I feel so sad but, also, so blessed to have known John and the entire Gordon family. He always made me feel like family throughout my long career with such an amazing company.
    I remember working one of my last food shows, talking to John with the Cheese Guys about Limburger Cheese. I thought my mom was the only person that loved it…..he also loved it!!
    The last time I talked to him, he called me from Florida after I retired, I hung up on him, then called him back when I found out it really was him. He wondered why I quit, and I told him I retired. So thankful I had that special opportunity to thank him for allowing me to work for Gordon family and treating me like family. What a great leader & friend.
    My heart goes out to all the Gordon family.

  20. From Famas pizza and pasta in Orlando, Fl Our sincerest condolences to the Gordon Family.
    My thoughts are with you.

  21. A truly great sailing buddy, who will truly be missed. However he will be among fellow sailors now. Up there in the ocean in the sky where the wind blows free and always from behind …. Sticky & Bugs

  22. One of my fondest memories is from when I had only been at GFS for a few years. I was standing in a long line at the post office. When I turned the corner I noticed John standing a few places behind me. Dressed in his bibs and deck shoes you would have never known who he really was. He greeted me by name and treated me like a long lost friend. What impressed me most was that he was just standing in line with a couple dozen others, waiting to buy stamps. Just a normal guy. Nothing pretentious, no flash, just John.
    We will miss you Mr. Gordon.
    Be at peace.

  23. This leaves everyone with a heavy heart. We became part of Gordon Food Service in 2000, when then Neptune Foodservice was acquired. We are all grateful to John and the family for having the courage and belief in the Neptune team to become part of the Gordon Food Service family. Rest in Peace knowing that your leadership has been well woven into the culture of this great organization.

  24. We all think about the legacy we will leave when we pass. John was not just a great leader, but he left the world a better place by living it with dignity and gracefulness. I did not know John but had the opportunity to shake his hands a few times. But I did know about his legacy. And I am sure it will continue with the family and company.

  25. My husband retired from GFS in 2009, we only had the opportunity to speak with John Gordon once, at one of the Christmas parties. Mr. Gordon was one of the most humble men I have ever had the privilege to meet.. I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with the family and others..

  26. So Sorry for your loss! May God Bless and Keep your family at this tims.

  27. John seemed to be a great servant leader.

    I never had the privilege to work directly with John, but he seemed to be a strong man in the sense that he was content to be Paul’s right hand man. Many companies/families are torn apart by the thought of one family member placing themselves under the leadership another. Most companies can’t make it past 2 generations because of family squabbles over everyone’s “rights”. Because of the kind hearts in the Gordon family they seem to be able to put their pride aside to do what is right to keep the company working at a high level. To me that is a great example of servant leadership. It has been a privilege to work at GFS for 28 years with Paul and John and then their kids leading the way.

  28. We will miss you very much! Thanks for all you did….

  29. Our sincerest condolences to the Gordon Family.
    My thoughts are with you.

  30. Gordon Family, You are in my prayers from The Mustard Seed Red Deer, I am the chef at the Mustard Seed Red Deer. Wow John Gordon has dedicated to serve the community wow! Bless his heart.

  31. Your laughter, joy, and legacy to our lives are the memories I will treasure most about you. Thank you for investing your life into our livelihood. Traveling with you and Nancy, along with the others, to BVI, celebrating your 86th on that trip, and the friendship you both extended were truly great memories, I will never forget. It’s your legacy that allows us to do what we do and we are forever grateful! I can’t wait to hear you laugh again when I get to the other side. You are in our hearts and you will be missed.

  32. It was the day after Paul Gordon’s funeral that my husband and I went on the Person of the Year trip to Alaska. We were really worried that the trip wasn’t going to be what we expected because of Paul’s passing. However the day after we arrived we went on our first excursion to a gold mine and when we got back to the hotel the driver asked us to stay on the bus for a minute. A few minutes later John Gordon and Dave Grey boarded the bus. John told us that he knew we were all thinking of Paul and he wanted this trip to be a great trip. He said that he wasn’t Paul and didn’t remember names like he did but he was going to make sure we all had a great time and he knew Paul wouldn’t want us to dwell his passing. We boarded a train the next day and he and Nancy sat up on the second floor and each couple went up to spend time with them while we traveled. It truly ended up being the best trip to date for me and it was awesome spending time with him. He will be missed.

  33. I had a few encounters with John as a 14-year employee of Gordon Food Service. Warmth and compassion is the description I experienced in my encounters with John.

  34. Truly a great man and great leader, who’s life should be celebrated. Thoughts and prayers to the family

  35. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. Remembering John’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace. May care and love provide comfort and peace to John family and loved ones.

  36. Please accept my condolences on the passing of John. I did not have an opportunity to meet him, but for many years I have benefitted from his vision to provide excellent food service to his customers. I have been involved in Christian Camping in British Columbia for 35 years. GFS has supplied food and much more at the last two camps I have managed (Young Life’s RockRidge Canyon in Princeton and now Camp Homewood on Quadra Island). Quadra Island is a small island off the coast of Vancouver Island. It is a great blessing to have a world class partner to provide for the needs of our campers throughout the year. The GFS staff are great to work with, and our rep always gives a cheque to help financially disadvantaged children attend camp so we can share the gospel with them. I know all of these things are a representation of the values of John and the entire Gordon family. May God bless you in this time of grief, and may you be comforted by your faith in Jesus.

  37. I’m so grateful for the years that I was with the company that he worked so hard with Paul and others to build. How wonderful that his goal in life was to serve God, his dear family, and the people he worked with. What a great legacy he has left for us all! I pray that God will give the family all the strength and hope they need during this difficult time.

  38. Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever. My thoughts and prayers to the Gordon family….
    God Bless

  39. I’m very grateful and blessed to work for an amazing company. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as person of the year and able to travel with John and Nancy. I will be forever grateful to be able to provide for my family because of the legacy John and Paul started so many years ago. My condolences to Nancy and the entire Gordon family. Thanks be to God for giving us this man who taught us compassion and the true meaning of kindness and giving.

  40. Thank you for your leadership and faithfulness to God. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

  41. I met John for the first time on a hunting retreat in Three Rivers, MI about 20 years ago. A humble man that made me feel like he had known me for years and I was part of his family. Well done John. You have been a humble and faithful servant to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May you rest in Heavenly peace. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gordon family.

  42. Gordon Food Service expanded their distribution business today with a new branch in Heaven. Thanks John for all you have done for the foodservice industry and the customers you served.

  43. I have an un payable debt of gratitude to John.
    As written, John was passionately committed to the needs and interest of his customers and employees. And being in John’s presence assured me of that.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, John Jr., and Sue.
    May John enjoy eternal peace and rest.

  44. My heartfelt condolences to the Gordon Family. John left a legacy with all that he accomplished and gave, and to all he served. I am truly grateful to be a part of the Gordon Food Service Family. Rest in peace John. May you bask in the light of the Lord as your life is celebrated.

  45. Our thoughts and condolences to the entire Gordon Family. 26 years with GFS gave my family and I the opportunity to be touched by John Gordon personally in a deep way. John’s faith, servant leadership, mentoring guidance continues to bless our family to this day with the lessons that Paul and John taught us. The foundation that they laid and the examples of Stewardship they led with everyday touched us all and live on each day for us. Thank you John for all you taught us with your Servant Leadership.

  46. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. May God grant you the love and peace needed during this time of sorrow.

  47. I had the Honor and pleasure of having John ride with me my first year on the job (yes I was a little nervous). It was just fascinating and almost unbelievable to me that John Gordon would come to Traverse City and jump in the car with me to visit customers. A true testament to a Great man of humility and honor. A life well lived. My heart goes out to the Gordon family.

  48. Thank you for all your support!

    LOVE ALL OF US AT CHAPMAN PARTNERSHIP

  49. This morning on my drive into the office the idea of the “ripple effect” came to mind as I thought about John Sr’s legacy. The amount of ripples he has enabled, some he may have witnessed firsthand, yet likely most he’ll never know. Thank you John Sr for everything you poured into this company, the people, and your life that caused so many blessing ripples for others.

  50. Condolences to Gordon family, thoughts and prayers to you all.

  51. I have always admired John’s humility, especially being such a successful man from such a successful family. I always enjoyed the funny videos such as the “WHAT’S UP” that he and Paul did and the one where they were in a rock band. I used to always look forward to seeing those at the Annual Meetings. John will be greatly missed.

  52. Condolences to Gordon family, thoughts and prayers to you all…

  53. I knew John Gordon by the Legacy he and his brother Paul created within GFS. I quickly understood it to be a multi generational approach to leading a good life and how to do business. When looking for the right succession plan for my family business I was blessed to be introduced to Gordon. Lynne and I instantly knew this was the place for my family and our employees for generations to come. Thank you John Gordon.

  54. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by John and Paul along with my wife Sharon in October 1981. I loved that they thought enough of Sharon to give me an opportunity to serve alongside the Gordon Food Service family for 35 years. We were truly blessed to have John lead this amazing company all these years. A true servant and man of God. Well done, good and faithful servant. Prayers to the entire family.

  55. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the entire Gordon Family during this time as we celebrate John’s life. What a legacy! I feel truly honored to have been able to see him around the office and see the joy he brought to many. God bless the Gordon Family.

  56. My wife and I were very fortunate to spend time with John and Nancy on a trip to the Maritimes that they hosted. I will miss his laugh, his sense of humor and his kindness. I like to think of him and Paul in heaven together sharing stories and laughs with all the souls up there. God Bless you and thank you John.

  57. Much love and respect for the Gordon Family and the GFS Team during this time of John’s passing. In sorrow and in hope…

  58. In Key West, Florida, GFS operates an outlet open to the general public. Without it, the local citizenry would simply not be able to afford quality food products. As tourists there in 2010, my wife and I loved shopping there and still smile whenever we see a GFS truck in our hometown of Calgary, Alberta. We knew whomever “Gordon” was, he had to be a good person to keep such an important and decent business operating in a needful community.

    God bless you.

  59. “If God is your partner, make your plan BIG!” -D.L Moody.
    It’s exactly what Mr. Gordon did in his life, and blessings to those he left behind.

  60. Very saddened to hear of his passing. Wishing the family love, support, and all the happy memories during this difficult time.

  61. I have had the privilege to work for the Gordon Family for nearly 35 years. During that time, John has had a significant impact on both my personal and professional life. He was truly a man of high integrity and a humble servant leader. He will be missed in so many different ways. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gordon Family.

  62. We have been with gordon foods since we opened in 1984, John Jr. was our sales rep for the first few years. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

  63. Thoughts and prayers for you all during this time.

  64. My condolences to the Gordon Family. Class individual and company. Great memories.

  65. I always try to thank the Gordon Family members when I see them at the Annual Meeting. I was always struck by John’s sense of humor and the humility with which he always turned the thanks back to his Savior.

    John and Paul were strong leaders who walked the talk of the Cornerstone Values and the Gordon Philosophy that they created so many years ago. I am proud to work for this company and the integrity they instilled in this company that still lives here today, backed by their strong faith. I was always so glad to see John come into the office and happy I had a chance to say hi and see him just recently.

    My family will keep John Jr., Nancy and the whole Gordon family in our prayers during this difficult time.

  66. John and his family were a tremendous blessing to our entire SIM community worldwide. His unwavering commitment to the Lord and to the gospel has been a constant encouragement to us. We are grateful for the many years we were privileged to get to know him, and for the blessing it was to share the same passion for our Lord and Savior, His Word and His world.
    On behalf of all the SIM family, our sincere condolence to the Gordon family. May the Holy Spirit comfort and uphold you during this time of loss.

  67. Our deepest condolences to the Gordon family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  68. Thank you John for giving this then 21 year old kid a chance in the business. I’ll always remember your guidance and humor on the Winners Circle trips, food shows, and annual meetings.

  69. To all Gordon’s family members: for us who believe in God, the death is just one step to start living forever with Jesus Christ…Sincerely; Antonio Chirinos.

  70. May God grant you the highest level in paradise.
    My deeply condolence for Gordon family.

  71. The character and integrity of the Gordon family are stuff of legend. John was one of the best. I enjoyed working for GFS in the days when it was still a regional and growing enterprise. It really seemed that we were all among family there. The company will long remain a fine tribute to the character and integrity of these brothers and their leadership. My condolences to the Gordon family.

  72. Our sincere condolences to the Gordon Family. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Debra Cotton- Food Service Director, Bishop Foley Catholic High School, says:
  73. I had the pleasure of knowing John in his role as Board Member Emeritus. Each time I would see him, he would say “Uh oh, I’m in trouble again!” He may not have remembered my name but he always remembered my face and what I do for the company.

    I have such deep, unwavering respect for John Gordon and his commitment and passion for the company, including arriving every day to the office before me, even at the age of 90! It is my distinct honor to continue to help lead the organization this titan of industry built.

    Sending love, thoughts and prayers to the Gordon Family at this time.

  74. I had the pleasure of seeing John most days as I work close to his office on the 3rd floor of our Home Office. Last December, the Store HR team was taking photos for our Christmas card at a decorated tree. John was leaving for the day at that time. He graciously joined us in our photos! I will cherish that memory and that photo. Condolences to the Gordon Family.

  75. Our sincerest condolences to the entire Gordon Family.

    Richard Griffiths, SSP Group International Inc., Toronto, April 11, 2019, says:
  76. My family would like to extend our condolences to the Gordon family and friends of John. He helped shape and build the pillars of a company that I am so grateful to be a part of. His welcoming into Heaven surely resounds with ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’

  77. Blessing to the Gordon family at this time. John was a great leader, respected and admired for the growth of a great company, but his true leadership and fellowship was in the love he gave to his family and his faith. He will be missed. Blessings to his family now and always.

  78. Did not know John Gordon, but have had the pleasure of working with GFS and employees for many years. John’s beliefs and faith show throughout the company, their policies and the wonderful way they treat customers. Our condolences to the family.

  79. My sincerest condolences to the Gordon family. I have only been with GFS for 6 months. It is so refreshing to work for a company that was lead by a man of faith. Who not only lived it but also shared it. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.

  80. Our condolences to the Gordon family. Gordon’s has been an essential piece of our family run businesses in Northern Michigan.

    Hoppies Tavern on Burt Lake & Hoppies Landing at the Pellston Airport, says:
  81. My sincerest condolences to the Gordon family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I did not know John Gordon personally, but have dealt with GFS for over 20 years. I can honestly say that it has always been a pleasure.
    God Bless.

  82. Condolences to The Gordon Family…….. Serenity Valley Healthcare has you all in our thoughts and Prayers.

    Selena- Food Service Director Serenity Valley Healthcare, Peoria IL, says:
  83. Just a classy Guy! I’m proud to have worked for him and to be part of the GFS team for the 12 years I was there. His life needs to be celebrated!

  84. I did not know him personally, but the way Gordon’s was run was a credit to him and to his faith. May he rest in peace

  85. I did not know John personally, but I know he lives on through the cornerstone values GFS holds. Thank you for setting the example of servant leadership, and rest in peace.

  86. A passionate builder, with strong human values, a visionary with a smile. My best prayers to John, to Gordon family and relatives.

  87. Our condolences to the entire Gordon Family. NMC is forever blessed to be partners with the Gordon Family.

  88. My condolences to the Gordon Family and Friends. Our thoughts are with you.

  89. Our condolences to the Gordon Family and Friends. Our thoughts are with you.

  90. A good man has passed away with good values; condolences to the Gordon family .

  91. Our Condolences From The Entire Parish at Chapel Hill UMC, Sodus MI.

  92. We are sorry for your loss, in this time remember all the people he touched and helped throughout his life. He was a leader and visionary.

  93. To the Gordon Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  94. Our condolences to the Gordon Family from the Orlando/North FL. Transportation Teams.

  95. The Rodenbeck family and Mancinos of Northwest Michigan send our prayers and condolences to the Gordon family. We have shared a great relationship for almost 30 years.

  96. our condolences to his family and friends.

  97. Our condolences to the family. While we have not met Mr. Gordon personally, we are grateful for my job with the company. I am proud to say that I work at Gordon’s. Thank you for leading the way.

  98. Condolences to the Gordon Family may he R.I.P

    Quest South ( Maine South High School ) Graciela Delgadillo, says:
  99. Condolences to the Gordon family. Under the guidance of John and his brother Paul, this company truly prospered and grew to be what it is today. Thanks for being a servant leader John.

  100. My thoughts and prayers go out to The Gordon Family. I did not know John personally, but I have been a GFS customer for over 20 years and I highly recommend this great family company.
    My prayers are will all of you.

    Paula Moody, Food Service Director, Ansonia Local School, says:
  101. Our favorite memories of John Gordon Sr. have always been at events like winners circle or the annual meeting. He had a true love for the employees of this company, and a passion for serving the customer. We also greatly appreciated his willingness to show his fun side at the annual meetings. He will be missed.

  102. Thoughts and prayers to the Gordon family. Thanks for the great customer service.

    Mike Washburne, Food ServiceDirector , Charlevoix Public Schools, says:
  103. 30 years ago when I attended my very first annual meeting I heard John and Paul speak for the first time. I knew at that time by the way John and Paul made us feel like we were the most important people in the the room that I was working for the best company out there. My condolences to the entire Gordon Family. God Bless and Thank You John and Paul for all you have done for us your extended Gordon Family.

  104. Fortunate to have started with this company as early as I did, to have been able to experience the family of Gordon Food Service. John and Paul had their office’s just down the hall from where I worked so passing by them daily was an everyday occurrence. Thank you for giving me the opportunity for work with this company. It’s not the length of life, but the depth of life.
    God Speed

  105. My thoughts and prayers are with The Gordon Family. I will miss seeing John’s smiling face and the little chats we had when I had the chance to catch a ride up on the elevator with him.

  106. My condolences to John’s family. I am grateful for the example that John provided of service and stewardship. His message has impacted the lives of many people.

  107. All I want to say is “THANK YOU ! Mr. Gordon” You like a candle: burn yourself and bring us the light. The light is leading us to a bright future. Don’t worry Mr. Gordon, enjoy your vacation in the heaven; we will work hard, follow the light and bring your Gordon Empire to the next level – top tier of the food service in the world. I will miss you…

  108. Please accept our deepest and sincere condolences for your family’s loss.

    May he rest in peace.

  109. My favorite memory of John was as a new GFS sales rep 26 years ago in Saugatuck Michigan where John and Nancy kept their boat during the summer months.  On numerous occasions, I would come into the office Monday morning with a Sysco sugar packet stapled to my cubicle with a simple note:  “Todd, we need to get this business” ( the sugar packet would have a restaurant’s name on it).  John taught me so much early in my career, on how to build strong customer relationships, the importance of driving results, but also how to celebrate the wins!  He would be the first person to send me a note congratulating me on acquiring a new customer or just to celebrate gaining the sugar packet business.  Thank you for your incredible leadership and all the great memories.  My condolences to the Gordon family.  

  110. I read with great interest the many many tributes to this great man and I am in awe of his kindness and exemplary leadership so many people commented on. I am truly sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet him. I have been a vendor to GFS Ontario for over 8 years and his warmth, respect and brilliant leadership is exemplified in this truly remarkable company. His spirit lives on in Gordon Foods. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family.

  111. God is our refuge and strength our ever present help. Psalm 46. John was a great Christian role model. It was an honor to see him at all the new employee orientations. I pray that the Gordon family feels God’s strength and peace now and always.

  112. Our sincere condolences to the Gordon family on the loss of John. He has left a special legacy with all of us that we will all carry with us in our personal and professional lives.

  113. My heartfelt condolences to the Gordon family. The outpouring of love and tribute is a great testament to John Gordon’s legacy and warm soul. May he rest in peace.

  114. Thanks for leading everyone around you through your passion for people and the thinking outside the box of giving back to everyone with profit sharing within the company. Lastly…I know you will be sailing your boat in heaven.

  115. I was able to meet John in the early days of my GFS career as a sales serviceman but really got to know him well during the years we opened the Brighton Distribution Center.

    There were many times during those very difficult years that John’s infectious smile and words of encouragement were all the help I needed to carry on.

    I never doubted his care and concern for all of us that were “The GFS Family”.

    Since my retirement I have not seen John but still thought of him often. My life is been enriched by knowing him and we have certainly lost a legend.

    I know where he now resides and I know I will see him again one day in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

  116. I am fortunate to be able to work with various members of the Gordon family on special projects. For many years that included John. He was always so kind and accommodating with the requests that our team would make of him.
    Also, I had a terrible accident many years ago and while in the hospital I was delivered a hand written letter from John indicating his hopes and prayers for my full recovery. I can’t tell you how encouraging that was for my wife and I. It was like the whole company was wishing for me to overcome my injuries. I have won several awards at Gordon Food Service over my 20+ years with the company and that letter will always be the most prized possession I was given during my time here. I hold it very dear. I want John’s family to know how much I appreciate his being a wise, gracious, humble and generous leader within our company during his lifetime.

  117. John you have left a great legacy behind for future generations of your family to follow. It has been an honor to work for such a wonderful family leading a great company. You will be remembered in our prayers forever.

  118. My deepest sympathy to the Gordon’s family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. John is such a warm, humble and wonderful person. He will be missed! May he rest in peace!

  119. I am very new to the Gordon Food Service company, but the culture that has been established by John and the Gordon Family is amazing and I’m very proud to be a part of it now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  120. Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss.
    May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

  121. My sincere condolences to the Gordon Family. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting John, he left behind an incredible legacy that has touched the lives of so many. 
    Rest in peace John

  122. One of the first thing that was Instilled in Gordon Food Service
    was the Cornerstone Value that John and Paul set for this Great
    Company , I feel very proud to work for such a Great Family Company, and that “everyone is Important “ John and Paul set the upmost Standard and believed in the people they Hired.
    With that said I will be forever Grateful for being a part of this Amazing Company. Rest In Peace
    John Senior you will be Greatly Missed. Sincerely

  123. My condolences to the Gordon Family on the loss of your loved one. May he always be remembered in your hearts and minds.

  124. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Gordon Family. May all the wonderful memories help during this difficult time.

  125. My sincere condolences to the Gordon Family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…”
    Irving Berlin, songwriter

    John has left an amazing legacy well beyond his personal friends and family that will forever be remembered and loved.

  126. Sending condolences to The Gordon family!

  127. Our sincere condolences to the Gordon Family.
    He sounds like an amazing man from reading the condolences.

  128. If I could use one word to describe John it would be “warm”. John had a warm soul and a warm smile. There are not to many people whose smile matches their eyes – John was one of those people. He always greeted me with a warm and genuine smile. He will be missed.

    My deepest sympathies to the Gordon Family.

  129. My deepest condolence to the Gordon family.
    May the Lord bless you and keep you .

  130. Very inspiring to run into John occasionally on the third floor (last time a few short weeks ago). He was in his office early and always took his time on the way out to talk with anyone who approached him (which was everyone!). A true Servant Leader who set the example for the rest of us. Best memory was last April when every home office employee sang him Happy Birthday in the connector for his 90th. It was just an amazing sight! Thanks John for all you’ve done for us and the generations that follow. We’ll uphold your honor and legacy. Deepest sympathies to the Gordon Family and those employees who were closest to him.

  131. John was the Gordon family representative at people of the year in Quebec city in 2008, my memories of John were a very nice and welcoming man. He made all the attendees feel like they were part of the family. He will truly be missed . Thoughts and prayers to the Gordon family.

  132. Although I did not know Mr Gordon personally I know him from his company that provides excellent service and good quality products. The values and personality of the owner trickles down to all aspects of the operation. It seems like a happy well run operation that pays attention to the details. And I bet INTEGRITY is the only word needed to describe him. Well done Mr Gordon, may you rest in peace.

  133. My deepest sympathy to the Gordon family.

  134. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Gordon family for their recent loss of John Sr.

  135. Sending condolences to The Gordan family!

  136. Thoughts and prayers to the Gordon family from the Williams family

  137. My favorite memory of John Gordon was the day I was returning to the office after running an errand. I was attempting to hold the box I was carrying upright and open the door, he said, “Let me get that for you”. I thanked him and said I had a turtle in box. He asked if I was making soup. When I explained that it was a live turtle for my sons birthday and said “Oh you better not do that then !!” We both laughed ♥

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

  138. I’m so sorry for the loss of a great man

  139. What a blessing is has been to have worked with John Sr. The culture he instilled in all of us will live on for years to come.
    Revelation 21:4
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

  140. What an amazing legacy John has left behind! Well done thy good and faithful servant. Memory eternal!

  141. Sorry for the loss to your family. As Christians we have the assurance of being with our loved ones again someday. God is good.

  142. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting John a couple of times during Winner Circle Trips that we had attended. We fondly remember him for his infectious smile and warm wit. We are all a little richer for the knowledge and warmth he shared with everyone that he met. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon family in this time of sadness.
    “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7

  143. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family may God rest his soul in pease. His name is in our heart and always above the ground for the good job what he did in his life time. I thank so much the Gordon family for making my life better after so many challenging years flied from my home country I found a Gordon’s company that make me feel home and not only me but also many others could have the same story as me that a Gordon’s family Good job make their live better. God bless Gordon family.

  144. On behalf of the Musser family and Grand Hotel staff our condolences are with the Gordon family during this time. Mr. Gordon’s dedication to the food service business set the standard in customer service. His business relationship with my father developed into a friendship, and he became a loyal guest to Grand Hotel. We will miss his visits to our Labor Day Jazz Weekend. He was a true gentleman and friend to us all.

  145. My deepest sympathies to John Gordons family and the entire Gordon Food Service family. It’s clear that his vision carries on with the staff at GFS, and knowing his legacy endears this company to many of us that do business with this company daily. Many prayers to all of Johns family and friends.

  146. Prayers and sincere condolences to the Gordon family.

  147. My wife and I had the pleasure to join John and Nancy on a trip back in 2000. My wife was having a conversation with Nancy about buying me some new clothes so I would look decent for the trip. Nancy said, “you didn’t need to worry about that, John is always wearing clothes with issues”. Within seconds, John entered the room with a hole in the front of his shirt. He was a humble man and will be missed. We will keep you in our prayers.

  148. Prayers and deepest condolence to the Gordon family. We only met in passing a few times but I remembered he was always smiling.

  149. My deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family. Thanks you for your great customer service.

    Mark Rodriguez - Food Service Director for: Lincoln Park, Wyandotte, and Southgate Public Schools, says:
  150. My sincere Condolences to the Gordon Family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Family.

    Lisa Schroeder- Food Service Manager at Putnam County Adult Detention Center, Ottawa, OH, says:
  151. My wife Sue and I were welcomed to our first Winners Circle trip by John and at that moment we knew Gordon Food service was a special place. Our condolences to the entire Gordon family directly and in business. John will be missed by all.

  152. It was always a pleasure to meet Mr. Gordon at the food shows. Always had time for everyone.

  153. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

    Food Service Operations Manager fo McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center., says:
  154. From my perspective John was gentle, but passionate. Cannot thank him enough for the values he instilled and impact he had on so many. Condolences to the Gordon family.

  155. My sincere Condolences to the Gordon Family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Family and all his close friends. With deepest sympathies to everyone.
    May he now rest in Peace.

  156. I had the pleasure of meeting John Sr. and he had a very warm spirit. His humbleness and grace was shown in his daily interactions. This was true even when he was not feeling 100 percent. One morning he was going into the building with his walker and he stopped to hold the door open for me. He always had a way to make you feel welcome and part of something special.

  157. Thank you for all you’ve done during your time on this side of the world. You will be missed and remembered and your legacy will live on

  158. He was a great man helping my father with the ordering at his restaurant along with his son. My dad when he was alive thought very highly of Mr. Gordon, May his memory be eternal

  159. One of my best memories of John Gordon is the first time I met him. Many of us were sitting on a tour bus in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2008 on a Gordon’s sponsored trip. John was supposed to be there with us the day before, but had to delay due, coincidentally, to Paul’s passing the previous week. To our delight and surprise, he climbs on the bus, humbly apologizes for “being late,” and begs for our understanding of everything he had going on – albeit unnecessarily. He gave a few words about his brother, and finished by reminding us that Paul could remember the names of everyone he met, but says “In my case, the good Lord did not bless me with that gift, so as I call out your name, come up to the front!” Everyone laughed! I’m not even sure he meant it to be funny, but John had a natural geniality that made him impossible not to like and want to be around. John was a humorous, humble leader, and I will miss seeing his smile and shaking his hand at our food shows.

    They say a person dies twice. Once when they die, and the second time when someone speaks their name for the last time. I have a feeling the name John Gordon Sr. will be around for many years to come. God Bless the Gordon family!

  160. Our deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family. May every memory of Mr. Gordon bring you joy and peace.

  161. I wish to extend my regrets for your loss. I believe your firm’s solid reputation is in large measure due to John’s honesty and dedication to quality products. We join you in honoring his memory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  162. My deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family.. John was a true servant leader and role model for all. He always took a genuine interest in his employees and their work. I am grateful for his dedication and leadership approach and the culture he helped create at Gordon Food Service. May he rest peacefully now in the arms of his savior.

  163. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family. May you find peace in our Lord Jesus Christ His Kingdom. Forever and forever. Amen!!!

  164. Romans 8:28
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    Condolences to the entire Gordon Family, John will be missed.

  165. We are out there every day telling the story!
    Well done!

  166. My deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family. May God continue to watch over and cover your family in this time of bereavement.

  167. My thoughts and prayer for his family, God is Good. The dedication of the Gordon family to it’s customer and God was a true personal and business inspiration. Thank you John.

  168. Over my 36 years at Gordon Food Service I have many fond memories of John Sr. He always had an infectious smile and laugh that made you feel welcome and part of something special. The connection to the Gordons and the culture established decades ago is a legacy that has helped mold many of us that have been fortunate to be part of this GFS family. Thank you John.

  169. My deepest sympathy to the Gordon family. It is a privilege and honor to work for a company that acknowledges and puts the Lord first. This is the family legacy that touches so many and will continue on. May the comfort and love of the Lord envelop and bring the family peace. May every memory of John bring a smile and joy. John’s dedication and integrity is what I know and will remember.

  170. I never had the pleasure to meet John, God bless John and the Gordon family.
    All my prayers to the Gordon Family.

  171. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the entire Gordon family.

    It was always such a pleasure to run into John, even though I would only get to say hi once or twice a year. He always remembered who I was and make me feel important. Such an amazing feeling to work for a family like that. We have all been so blessed. Thank you John

  172. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family. I am grateful for John’s strong leadership anchored on faith and family values. I am honored and blessed to be part of the Gordon Food Service family!

  173. God Bless John and the entire Gordon family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  174. Condolences to the Gordon Family. Thanks to you John for your dedication and values for keeping GFS what is today. Your customers can always count on great service.

  175. RIP Mr. Gordon. Your passion has left a mark that will forever be remembered.

  176. My condolences and prayers are with the Gordon family. We will miss you John. God bless John and the Gordon family. For being like a family for all the employees.

  177. I have been so blessed to work for an amazing company and family for so many years. The many times I passed John in the hallway, he would always have a smile on his face and warm welcome for anyone he interacted with. It always amazed me how John and Paul could remember so many details of the lives of those that work here. He was a true servant leader and great Christian example. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family as they celebrate John going to be with our Lord and Savior. He will be missed.

  178. It was an honor and privilege to work with John. He was a true ambassador to the business. His and Paul’s dedication to establishing the Profit Sharing Plan was commendable. He was an inspiration to all, and his legacy will continue to live on. He will be missed!

    With deepest condolences to Nancy, John Jr., and Sue and families.

  179. God Bless John and the entire Gordon family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  180. Condolences to the Gordon family, GFS is a wonderful company to work with day in and day out.

  181. On behalf of D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, we express our heartfelt sympathies to the Gordon family. We are grateful for Mr. Gordon’s many contributions to our community, and especially for he and Mrs. Gordon’s commitment to vulnerable children.

  182. He has the biggest smile every time he walked in the Home Office for work everyday. He even came in the office while 80% of us were snowed in! He had much joy whenever I passed him in the halls and especially when he passed out Halloween candy to the kids visiting the office on Harvest Day. He will be missed by all. My condolences to the Gordon family and all who knew him.

  183. Thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon Family in the loss of John. It’s always comforting to know in the promises of the Bible that we will all be together again someday. With deepest sympathy..

  184. Joy is one of the best traits to catch contagiously from others. John Gordon shared joy with all of us through the way he lived. It’s encouraging to work where you can celebrate wins and have fun each day. I’m so glad that John modeled that type of joyful leadership!

  185. It is clear by reading all of the condolences below that John was a loved and respected man. I will always remember his smile, and how friendly he was. My deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family.

  186. I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Gordon, but he has and will forever be an inspiration to us all.

    All my love and prayers to the Gordon Family.

  187. John had a significant impact on me personally and professionally, he will never be forgotten and greatly missed. Our prayers go out to the entire Gordon Family.

  188. Dear Gordon Family, Mr. Gordons legacy will live on through all of those who were touched by him. As an employee, I feel honored to serve for a company with such character and faith in our Lord. My prayers go out to all who mourn the loss of Mr. Gordon.

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

  189. I was the first mom and pop account GFS setup in Jacksonville Florida when they expanded into this market.It has been a pleasure doing business with a company led by such a great man.His legacy will leave forever.

  190. The customer service is great. I work with a beautiful team of employees. And after seeing this message of Mr. Gordons passing and reading about his legacy. I understand Keep up the good work.

  191. When John entered those pearly gates, I am sure God said “well done my good and faithful servant”.

  192. Blessed are those who have died in the Lord;
    let them rest from their labors,
    for their good deeds go with them.

    Eternal rest grant unto John, O Lord.
    And let perpetual light shine upon him.

    May John rest in peace.
    Amen.

    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Amen.

  193. His smile, his ability to listen and care, his servant leadership – He will be missed by all of us, but these things and more will live on in all of us by the culture he helped create.
    My prayers go to the entire Gordon family.

  194. RIP John. To the entire Gordon family, personal and business, my thoughts are with you all.

  195. It a great loss to the Gordon Family as A great legacy and leader has passed joining Paul in the after life above. John will be missed and remembered as a great leader of our company and a person that you could talk too about anything and they always made the time for you. RIP John.

  196. I am a third generation Gordon Food Service employee. When I started here just out of high school, one of my jobs was to deliver the mail to employees in the 333 building. We all knew that John wanted his Wall Street Journal as soon as we had it. I was a little intimated to walk into John’s office and leave the paper but he always greeted me with a smile and if he had the time would ask how my grandfather was doing. He will be missed.

  197. No matter how busy John was, he always had time to stop and talk. He took a genuine interest in his employees and their work. I am grateful for his servant leadership approach and the culture he helped foster. It truly has made Gordon Food Service a great place to work. John, you had a significant impact on the growth of the company and the lives of many, rest in peace.  

  198. My condolences to the Gordon family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  199. I have been a chef for 35 years in Michigan and Alabama. GFS has been there for me in the good times and the not so good moments. I could always count on Gordon’s to deliver. Great company, wonderful legacy.

    Doug Thomas, Huntsville Alabama, Corporate Dining Concepts, says:
  200. I had the pleasure of meeting John once and he would make you feel like you had known him all your life. He truly cared about his Gordon Food Service family and had the vision to invest in our culture and people. He has touched many lives and will be missed. Deepest sympathies to the Gordon family.

  201. I am very thankful to have the privilege of participating in a part of the heritage of John Gordon’s life. He has been a blessing for generations to come, and he has changed my family tree forever.

  202. I was lucky enough to meet John & Nancy in Montreal, July of 2005 at the Person of the Year trip. They were both wonderful and so full of life. At 77 (then) John was joined my sister and I on a number of the rides including ‘LE MONSTER’ Canada’s largest wooden roller coaster at the LaRonde. Such a great memory. John, you will be missed!

  203. What an honor to say I knew John. During my time working at GFS, it was such a blessing to do some projects for him and to be hosted by him and Nancy on their sailboat for a People of the Year Trip in 1994. What a joy they were and such awesome memories of so many smiles shared! Will treasure those memories of him, his hospitality, his generosity and his laugh, forever.

    God bless you, Nancy, and all the Gordon family. You are in our prayers. ❤️

  204. I will always remember him passing out candy at Halloween at the Home Office. It meant a lot that he took the time to do that. One year, my daughter wanted two pieces and I told her to only take one. He then slipped her one under the table 🙂

  205. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. A remarkable achievement to have built a business where your people feel like family. Rest in peace sir.

  206. We celebrate a great man’s life!
    We are so grateful for John’s vision, direction and philosophy of sharing.
    The faith and courage this family has shared and shown has been a true blessing to all of us.
    Thanks for leading by example, John.

  207. My deepest sympathy to the Gordon Family. I am so sorry for the loss of John Sr., he positively affected countless people throughout his life. We are all very blessed to have known him, and the world is a better place because of his life with all of us. Thank you John for all of your contributions to GFS and all your years of service to the company. Paul and Phil and all your past family members and friend are with you again. This is not goodbye, but goodbye for now. We will all be reunited again one day. Rest in peace my friend. God Bless.

  208. Rest in peace John. Never met you, but love your company. Top notch from sales reps to drivers!

  209. I never met John but he took the time to sign a GFS match box truck congratulating me on a State Child Nutrition Award. I was honored.

  210. RIP “uncle” John Gordon you will be missed!

  211. Privileged to have met you, blessed to be part of this family company.
    Thoughts & prayers to the Gordon Family.

  212. I am in food service spending my entire life working to feed people.
    Mr Gordon is to be thanked for all he is and did.

  213. John was a friend, a hunting and fishing buddy, a great customer and very caring about all people .
    Several people at the Flying B/Root Ranch…Idaho … have asked if or when can I bring the guy back with the great laugh and smile.
    He will be missed, but he left a great example for others to follow. We enjoyed all our time spent with John and Nancy and their children.

  214. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. I was fortunate to meet John on the 2016 People of the year trip. It was an honor to be around such a wonderful person.

  215. May God bless and rest your soul. Thank you for these wonderful stores!

  216. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gordon, it’s very apparent that he had a heart for The Lord. Thank you Sir, for your servant heart and for touching those around you. I look forward to meeting you one day in Heaven! I pray The Good Lord wraps the Gordon Family and all who mourn him, in His Loving arms and give you peace.

  217. God Bless John and his family. Great Great man!

  218. John I appreciate you allowing me to be a part of Gordon Food Service you touched so many lives and made many dreams come true. You will be missed

  219. John Gordon will definitely be missed! I loved seeing him in the Home Office and his passion to serve! There wasn’t a time when I did not see him smiling. He was definitely an inspiration to me! May he rest in peace and from above seeing the impact of his actions to all of our 20,000+ employees, customers, vendors, and community organizations that GFS supports. #makingadifference #servantleadership

  220. Thoughts and prayers to all the Gordon family.

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in
    the hollow of His hand.

  221. As a newer employee back in 1988 John walked up while I was selecting cases in the Brighton Warehouse on level one in Module 4 and introduced himself to me with a warm handshake and smile. I in return introduced myself and he promptly asked me if I had a relative by the name of Bud. I replied yes I did he’s my Great Uncle from up north. John said well that’s nice to know because Bud and I belong to the same hunting club. As years went by being able to say Hi at the annual meetings was special and I always reminded my wife Leslie that John used to hunt with my Dad’s Uncle Bud. Thanks John for your interest in each of us here at Gordon Foods. Our prayers go out to your entire lovely Family.

  222. My condolences to the Family.
    Heaven has gained a wonderful Angel.

  223. I was a customer of the Gordon family in 1984 and then an Employee in 1989 and back to a customer since 1996 and throughout both experiences, spanning 35 years associated with this company I am so happy (in the words of Paul) I hitched my wagon to theirs. Nothing but the highest regards for John Gordon and the entire family. My Family, my business and my life have been molded from many who have come before me. God Bless the Gordon family.

  224. I always looked forward to the Annual Meeting Videos, they were always hilarious. I had the pleasure of meeting John at the Milton DC. It was summer and we were having a staff BBQ and he came that day and sat and had a Hot Dog with me. I’ll never forget that day. He truly cared about all of us Employees. He will be missed.

  225. My condolences to the entire Gordon family. May the peace of Christ be with you all at this time.

  226. This earth and the Gordon Food Service family have lost another legend.
    Thank you John for touching so many lives in so many ways. Rest in Peace

  227. It was always great to see John at the office. He would take the time to say hi. I feel blessed to have seen him a few weeks ago.

    Although business was important, fun was important too. That’s why one of my favorite “legacies” from John and Paul are the funny Annual Meeting videos. I had a chance to view a few of them recently. My favorite video was GFS Rockband. Seeing John walk into Dan’s office wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and winter hat, saying things like “G-dizzle” and “OMG” while texting had me LOL’ing at my desk. It was great to see John have some fun – especially during the blooper reel 😂

    Heaven gained a great man this week. Although John will be missed here on Earth, there is the assurance that we will see him again. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

  228. John Gordon leaves behind a legacy that has touched each and every person that had the privilege of working at Gordon Food Service. My wife and I worked at GFS and had many wonderful moments with John. We will never forget his warmth, humor and kindness.
    Our condolences to the Gordon family.

  229. My deepest condolences to the entire Gordon family. Many lives are forever changed by the life and works of John Gordon, Sr. I am truly grateful for all he has done for Gordon Food Service.

  230. Both my wife Martha and I have had the pleasure to bump into John on a few occasions. It was always a joy to interact with John. We are so thankful for the great company that John helped build. Our family also lost a father recently. We are comforted by the knowledge that “… in life and death we belong to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”. Our sympathies to the Gordon Family.

  231. I had the opportunity early in my career to have John and Nancy stop into the store I ran. John took the time on his vacation to share with me his passion for the profit sharing plan and his sincere desire that I engage in it. I found it interesting that this was the item he chose to talk with me about. He was so passionate about helping his people. Because of this I felt it became part of my job to discuss with everyone that worked for me about his passion. I can only thank John and the Gordon Family for the influence that have all had on me, my family, and my life.
    I pray the family finds Peace in the fact that John won the “Race of Life!”

  232. Well done, Well done good and faithful son comes to mind when I think of John. Truly a man that has ment so much to me. Many fun times sharing hunting stories, Gator rides as we where building the Home Office. He was the chief building inspector and always wanted to know just what was happening. He would just shake his head and wondered what his brother Paul would be thinking about this large building. He was a great role model to follow and Boy am I gonna miss him. John Thanks for the memories and I can’t wait till we meet again.

  233. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Gorden family. I am grateful to have done business
    with a wonderful faith based Gorden Food Service family team.

  234. We have lost a shining example of what it means to be a Christian Servant Leader. So many of us have benefited from watching how John conducted himself.
    John and Nancy were always so gracious and welcoming. They treated everyone at GFS as family.
    Having had the opportunity to interact with John on a business level, three thing we’re certain:
    You always knew where you stood
    with John.
    You always knew that John had
    your back.
    You always knew that John cared
    deeply for you AND your family.
    May you rest in eternal peace in the company of Our Lord and Savior.

  235. John Gordon was an inspiration.

    Last Christmas, I was caroling with the GFS Carolers as we spread holiday cheer throughout the building. One of our last stops was the lobby, and as we were setting up, John Gordon was on his way out. He stopped to listen to us with a big smile on his face. It got me all teary-eyed, thinking what pride this man was probably feeling as he watched the employees working for the company he helped to build as they spread joy to the world.

    It is an honor and a privilege to work for such a principled company with such solid cornerstone values that John Gordon helped formulate.

  236. We have been business customers of GFS since 2005, and I can honestly say that after 14 yeras of business GFS is the only thing that has ran smoothly the entire time. When something did go wrong, they have always made it right. After reading about Mr. Gordon I now understand why. Thank you for setting the bar, and hope your staff stay on that path. RIP sir.

  237. I had the priviledge of spending a weekend with Nancy and John in Calgary in 2004 with the other Persons of the Year. This was truly a weekend to remember. Two absolutely wonderful people. John will truly be missed by so many. God bless.

  238. My condolences to all Gordon’s family. RIP in Haven. God blesses

  239. Truly an inspiration to us all. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Gordon family! Rest In Peace!

  240. We have been a steady customer at the Aurora, Illinois store for many years. Always feel something special from the staff when there; now I know why. God’s continued blessings to the Gordon family.

  241. John you left a company that look out for their employees

  242. Something I shared with our group from Person of the Year, and would like for this to be shared with our GFS family.

    I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am to the Gordon family, Rich and Kristen, and Dave and Char. Since the TX Division moved from Glazier Foods (family owned since 1936) to be a part of GFS 4 years ago, I have heard and learned about the Gordon philosophy and culture, and was ever so elated to be a part of it. But I don’t think I really KNEW what it meant until this week. I’ve noticed a pattern these past few days that I can relate to some of my pastor’s sermons as of late, as we are focusing on the #simplegospel Book of Mark for the better part of a year. What we as coworkers have seen here while sharing stories with each other (teachings/reflections), engaging in group activities (community groups), and meeting new friends/family (following in faith and love) it really blows me away on how much more our company is than what people see on the outside as a purveyor/supplier/distributor. We have something so unique and special with our passion and love for not only our customers, but for each other. I’m truly blessed to have met you all, foremost, and am lucky enough to have been blessed by His grace to work at a company who shares these core values that not only separate us from our competitors, but shows that though faith and works, we can accomplish anything we put not only our minds to, but our hearts as well. Bless you all and thank you again for this amazing reward and opportunity to meet our fellow partners. This has truly been an unbelievable and humbling experience.

    Me: “What more could God do?”
    Paul: “Far more abundantly than you can ask, think, or imagine.” – Ephesians 3:20

  243. My condolences to the Gordon family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  244. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Gordon family. God brings another beloved son Home.

  245. If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved .
    Romans 10:9

  246. Thank you, John, for leading the way for us employees to serve our customers as communities, while providing for our families. You will be truly missed. Godspeed, sir.

  247. Prayers and thoughts for the Gordon Family

  248. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. Prayers and thoughts with the Gordon family. His Legends of success shall continue.

  249. A man who exemplified being the hands and feet of Jesus, serving with unwaivering care and compassion. My heart goes out to the entire Gordon Family.

  250. My Condolences to the entire Gordon family.

  251. I never met john because I recently joined the gordan family, but from what I see and hear; he seemed like a very well rounded guy.

  252. J’offre mes sympathies sincères à la famille Gordon. Je garderai toujours en mémoire le sourire, la gentillesse et la bienveillance de m. John.

  253. The first time I met John was at the big holiday Christmas party. I was so excited to shake his hand that when I leaned over my purse came flying off my shoulder and nearly gave him a good smack. We laughed and he said that it wouldn’t have been the first time he had been hit. He was a true gentleman. Warm thoughts and prayers to his wife and the whole Gordon family.

  254. Compassionate, humble, and true. Grateful to have met Mr. Gordon.

  255. Although I never meet you. I’m eternally grateful for what you accomplished.Thank you for a awesome place to work. God bless you and the ones you leave behind.

  256. Prayers to the Gordon family.

  257. A remarkable legacy, to be able to grow, live and work in the family business, to see your family and kids flourish, to see them live and share the same values, is priceless, no money in the world can replace that. I truly believe that he is complete and happy with his life……

  258. Our most sincere condolences to the Gordon family. I have fond memories of John coming into the maintenance shop, many times, for odds and ends to be repaired. He always had a smile and a kind word for us. He was a blessing to us all.

  259. Sincere condolences to the entire Gordon family.
    John was a fantastic businessman and an even better man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  260. Uncle John,

    You will truely be remembered for how much you cared about the employees of Gordon Food Service, your family, and God’s Kingdom. I always respected how you and Uncle Paul worked through challenges in the organization and kept people at the priority in situations. The legacy that you’re leaving is one that has built a great family company and impacted individuals lives and generations you may have not even directly met. On a personal side, it was great to see how you watched a room in situations and see your smile. Thanks for giving so much each day to Gordon Food Service and representing Servant Leadership.

    Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  261. John is still an inspiration, even for new employees who never met or even saw him. We tell them he came to work in suit and tie even just last year. Amazing strength from the passion he and his brother Paul had for our company. God Bless you, John. I’ll bet the meals with Paul and your family are better than ever now.

  262. A great man and an incredible family firm. Praying God’s peace for the family and so grateful for the legacy of Gordon Food Service.

  263. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for the family during this most difficult time. I’m truly thankful for the Gordon family and how they let their faith lead them.

  264. John will be remembered for so many caring actions and the tough minded business person he was. Many of us past, present and future employees at Gordon Food Service will be forever grateful for his kindness and generosity in starting the Profit Sharing program. Thoughts and Prayers are with the Gordon family as you mourn the loss of John here on earth and celebrate his life. Rest in Peace John.

  265. May God Bless You and your family. We will be praying for you.

  266. Our most sincere condolences to the Gordon Family. We had the pleasure of having John in our store recently and from those associates that were able to interact with him, they said it was a true honor. From our perspective, because of his humble character, caring personality and loving heart, we are certain that he will be with God for all eternity. Through his leadership, he has surely left us a legacy for many generations to come. His example of life should gives us a road map to achievement, success, and honor. God bless you John, and God bless the Gordon family during these difficult times, and forever.

  267. I have had the privledge to interact John Sr. over my years with Gordon Food Service. I’m grateful to have known him and for the career that’s been provided me through the company that he built. Rest in peace John! My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon family during this time.

  268. May God bless you all, we will keep you all in our prayers

  269. Prayers and thoughts with the Gordon family.

  270. When I was helping with the development of both new and experienced leaders at GFS, one of the concepts that was integral to the success of the program was servant leadership. We taught from books and had developing leaders talk about the importance of being a servant, but these people really needed to look no further than John Gordon as the quintessential servant leader. I will miss seeing him here on earth, but look forward to the time of our heavenly meeting. Praying that the Gordon family feel God’s peace and consolation at this time.

  271. I never had the opportunity to meet John but wished I had . I’ve always heard good things about GFS from current employees to vendors. The Gordon’s culture is legendary and you were a huge part of it !

  272. As a newer member of the Gordon team, I have not have much opportunity to interact with John. What I do have experience with is the legacy of the company he helped build. I have never felt so “at home” in a job before and felt so accepted as part of a team. Thank you John for helping build a community of inclusiveness and respect. A model for people and other companies to strive for. God bless your journey.

  273. My condolences to the Gordon family. Rest in Peace Mr. Gordon.

  274. Prayers and Warm Thoughts are sent to the entire Gordon Family! Celebrate John’s wonderful life and treasure all the blessed memories! Rest in the Peace of our Lord and Creator, John!

  275. Mes sincères condoléances à la famille Gordon! Que de bons souvenirs de sa participation lors des Winner Circle!

  276. I have been blessed to work for the Gordon’s, John, Paul and now their sons . I always enjoyed seeing John and Paul at our meetings. I am thankful for everything they have done for me and my family.
    Please accept our condolences.
    Rob & Tina Weller

  277. John & Nancy stumbled upon me and my extended family (about 30 of us) while we were camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We clearly looked like campers as we gathered around a local restaurant table. John approached us with a warm greeting, saying hello to everyone and sharing of their traveling adventures. His gracious interaction with my family left a wonderful impression. John, I thank you for your humble and strong leadership while at work and also when we were far from the office.

  278. My thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Rest in Peace John Gordon

  279. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Gordon family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  280. I was incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of John Gordon Sr.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him.  His faith, humility and booming laugh will be sorely missed.  I remember when I started at GFS many years ago, he gave me a big smile and firm handshake and I felt very welcomed.

    Praying for peace and comfort to his family during this difficult time.

  281. It is impossible to forget someone who gave you so much to remember! Thank you John for all you gave each and every one of us!

  282. Dear John:
    I am a fairly new employee in the Gordon family, so I did not get a chance to know you. However, I have heard the best things about you and the entire family and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this fantastic company. Rest easy… Hopefully, we’ll meet in Heaven.

  283. He was such a wonderful man and will be missed.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. My prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

  284. Loved seeing his smile each time I visited GR. Always welcoming me into his office and saying it was a pleasure to have part of our Brighton Family visit. He truly embodied servant leadership and although there is a void, he left such an impression for us to carry out each day. Forever grateful – Thoughts and Prayers for the entire family.

  285. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon Family. Thank you Mr. Gordon. You’ve established an incredible legacy and for that we are thankful for.

  286. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Gordon Family both immediate and “at large.” It was beautiful to read about a life well lived and that John finished the race strong. What a blessing that he has received the ultimate reward!

  287. I remember walking into the office (333 building) as John was getting out of his car and asking him what happened to the Audi he used to drive and he replied “got rid of it…too many buttons!”….says the guy who had duct tape holding down the carpet in his office.
    A truly humble, servant leader.

  288. My deepest condolences i remember the first time i met him 25 years ago he talked to me like we had known one another for years and made me fill like i was apart of the family. He is one of the many reasons our company is so successful rest in peace

  289. In my early days at GFS I always looked forward to the Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. John and Paul had a great chemistry between them as they gave the company update, announced our profit sharing results, and congratulated the Gold Club and Persons of the Year recipients on stage. It was always unforgettable. They started an on-going tradition of humorous annual meeting videos that has been carried on thru today. I know John was a tough and firm business person but he was also a person of compassion and love for all. He will be missed here on this earth, but is in a better place now.

  290. My condolences to the Gordon family. What a wonderful example of true leadership. He lived those Cornerstone Values and set an example for all whom he came in contact with. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him on a personal level, but it certainly lit up my day to say hello to him in the hallway of the third floor. Eternal rest grant unto John, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  291. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gordon Family. John was a kind and happy soul.
    Rest in Peace.

  292. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Gordon Family.

  293. My deepest condolences to his family and love one’s

  294. Thank you for being an inspirational leader, devoted servant and impacting the world for the better – more than you will ever know. You will truly be missed.

  295. I had 16 wonderful years at the Traverse City Food Service Store, I will always remember John Gordon coming in 4th of July weekend getting supplies for their time up at their cottage. Always nice to interact with and a humble man. GFS taught me a lot, about leadership through stewardship that I use today. Rest in peace John Gordon.

  296. While interviewing for my current position, in June of 2018, I was waiting in the lobby for the interview to start.  Mr. Gordon had just come into the office and the receptionist introduced us.  He inquired about the position for which I was interviewing and we spoke for appx 10 minutes. He talked about the culture of GFS and how the company has evolved.  He also decided to share with me that GFS had to stay innovative and continue to grow.  I got pulled back for my interview and I thought it was great that he took the time to visit with me.  Quite frankly that would have been enough, however, when I started, more than a month later I again saw him in the lobby on my first and he remembered my name and referred back to our conversation.  He challenged me to come in and be the person that contributes to the company.  

    He was a great man and a great leader. 

  297. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Gordon Family. He was a great man who made a severe impact in everyone’s lives.

  298. My condolences to his family and loved ones

  299. Thank you John Gordon for establishing your great company. God Bless and may you rest in peace.

  300. While I did not know get to interact with John a lot, I will always remember his warm smile and gracious, welcoming presence. I will forever picture him in a smiley face t-shirt, exclaiming “It’s on my Facebook….” 🙂 May your memories give you solace and may God bless you all at this sorrowful time. My sincere sympathy to the entire Gordon family.

  301. In high school while doing what seemed to be our normal family protocol of doing summer/winter break jobs here at GFS I was afraid to joke around with John as much as Paul since he would always intimidate me more being the young man I was. Washing his car, helping him move some items around in his house, walking by his office to visit my uncle, many conversations I had with him we would still have a laugh.  He would still make fun of me or joke around every time if given the chance but his smile would eventually give it away which always made me feel like family.  Being back with GFS again since starting my own family and the growth the company has seen I haven’t been able to see him as much.  The many statements I’ve read so far reiterate how humble and Christ-centered his life was while on this earth.   Truly an example to follow, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  302. We would like to extend our Sincerest Sympathy to the Gordon Family. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you.

  303. Thank you John Gordon, for the best 10 years of my career and teaching me how to be the best I can be

  304. I am so sorry for such an inspiring loss to the Gordon family and extended Gordon Food Service family. May God bless each of you at this difficult time. John is such an inspiration to each of us and I wish him all the Glory in Gods hands. xo

  305. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the entire Gordon Family. John will sadly be missed. RIP

  306. Sounds like a great man, condolences to all of his family and friends. Rest in peace John.

  307. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  308. Although I never had the opportunity to meet John Gordon myself, I knew so many that spoke highly of him and him being a servant for his employees.

    Gordon Food Service is a great company to work for; I have no doubt that it is because of people like John.

    My Condolences to the Gordon family.

  309. I was blessed to meet him recently at one of the GFS food shows and he took a picture with me and said thank you for supporting GFS. May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

  310. Dear Gordon Family, John Sr is a wonderful man with a big smile and a bigger heart. He will be very missed! It is bittersweet for you all I am sure knowing that he has gone on to his eternal reward. Praying for you and keeping you in my loving thoughts.

  311. My condolences to the entire Gordon Family. May you all find the strength from God to get you through this time and hold dear to the wonderful memories John Gordon left all within your hearts.

  312. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  313. God’s Newest Angel is Home.
    Condolences to the Gordon families.

  314. I am always in awe of John and Paul when I look at the Cornerstone Values that these guys wrote so many years ago. Their vision has guided and directed us through the years. I am grateful to have known and worked for his family. God bless and rest in peace.

  315. Give him eternal rest, O lord,
    And may your light shine on him forever.

  316. I did only get to meet John one time, and I remember him giving a firm hand shake, his smile, and a “thank you for everything that you do at GFS”.
    RIP John, you will be missed.

  317. My condolences to the Gordon family!! Im an employee at the Miami,FL DC and I’ve been with the company a little over an Year and what I’ve learned about the Gordon family is that the are a very family oriented and that they stand on there morals and standards! I love the company and still learning and hope to share many more years with the Gordon family! My prayers and condolences goes out once again to the family!

  318. John will be missed. He helped lead a good company, into becoming a great company. Through his business success he lived out Gordon Food Service values and made an impact across Michigan and around the world through impactful generosity. He now is seeing his Savior, Jesus Christ and how his Lord used him in the lives of legions of people.

  319. May you find peace in our Lord during this sad time. My condolences to all the Gordons

  320. Our sympathy’s and prayers go out to the Gordon Family and Friends!

  321. May you rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to the Family as well as the Gordon Family of Mr. John Gordon.

    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  322. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Gordon family during this sorrowful time. God bless

  323. My Condolences and Prayers to the Gordon Family.

  324. John had such a servant’s heart and an infectious spirit. My fondest memory was a Winner’s Circle trip in Boca Raton, FL. My wife and I, along with the Granbergs, joined John and Nancy for a day at a Japanese Tea Garden and an Orchid Show at a Botanical Garden. I will always remember his kindness and humor, especially that day. Rest in peace John, you will be missed.

  325. I am going to miss that smile as we greeted one another each morning at 7 am in the lobby. We have fun sharing our miracles that God gave us each morning. Praying for peace and comfort for the family but rejoicing with John as he dances to that Heavenly music.

  326. My condolences to your loves ones, your legacy will always live among us, my prayers are with you.

  327. It has been an honor to work for the Gordon family under John’s leadership. My condolences and prayers. I strive and pray that I may also live a life with Christ at the center and serve those around me as Mr. Gordon has. God bless…

  328. John was a kind, class act man. He always went out of his way to say “Hi” with a big smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gordon Family during this time.

  329. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was lucky enough to have met John. I also lost someone recently to the dreaded illness. God bless you all.

  330. On Behalf of the Kettering Store Team, I would like to present our condolences to the Gordon Family. Rest in Peace Sir.

  331. Our thoughts are with the Gordon Family during this time. John’s legacy of kindness, humor and work ethic have been passed on to the rest of the GFS crew…This we know first hand.
    It is an honor knowing John

  332. My husband would ask me why I was leaving for work so early in the morning. I would always answer him with I have to make sure I meet John on the elevator with my Starbucks so he can ask me what I was drinking!
    I asked John “why do you come in every day?” His answer, “If you are here then I should be also.” True servant leadership at its finest.
    His smile made you feel appreciated and motivated to love our company as the family does.
    Forever blessed that 8 years ago I moved my family across the lake to be a part of the most amazing family ever!
    Rest In the Lord John
    Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. now and at the hour of our death.

  333. My condolences to the entire Gordon family.

  334. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Gordon Family.
    God Bless You and Rest In Peace Mr Gordon..

  335. Such great memories of meeting a John. He always knew you by name wherever you would see him. He will be truly missed, but may his legacy live on through such a great Company.

  336. The world has lost tremendous man with the passing of John Gordon. The impact that he had on his GFS family and the world was immeasurable. His faith in God was steadfast and a beacon for all to see. It has been a privileged to to have known him and to be a of such a great organization that he helped lead! My prayers go out to his family.
    John 14: 1,21 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
    Rest in Peace John Gordon Sr.

  337. My condolences to the entire Gordon family, God has truly blessed us with Mr.Gordon, his presence is felt throughout his legacy he has left.
    Rest in Peace

  338. Rest in Peace, John! You are leaving behind a wonderful legacy.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gordon Food Service family.

  339. No words can lighten your pain for your loss of your uncle John. I pray that time can soften your sorrow and bring peace to your heart. I hope you will hold onto the beautiful memories and precious moments shared with him.

    I am in deepest sympathy with your family,

  340. It’s hard to put into words the respect and admiration I have for the Gordon family and specifically, John. To be part of this family by being employed by them for all these years is truly an honor. Very few owners of a company this large care for employees like John Gordon. He truly is in a better place. Thank you John for being such an example to all of us. You will be missed. I pray that your legacy is continued in the company you led so well for all those years. We have all been blessed! I will be praying for the Gordon family as we mourn the loss of John.

  341. John made an immense impact on each person he interacted with and that is a gift for which we are all grateful for.  Our deepest sympathies and prayers during this time for all the family. 

  342. It was a pleasure to work for the Gordon Family for 15 years. The integrity shown by John and the entire family was, and is, an inspiration. My condolences to the organization and especially to the Gordon family.

  343. Day 1 of my career at Gordon Food Service, I walked into the 333 building to start my marketing internship with John Sr (by chance). I can still remember his white shirt, red tie combo with a briefcase in hand. As we parted ways upon entrance, I just remember thinking to myself, “I just walked in with an owner, and you would have no idea. Does he really come in everyday with his white shirt, red tie, and briefcase?” Turns out, he did, with extraordinary humility. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon family. John was an incredible example of Servant Leadership for us to learn from. Praise God for his impact on our company and families.

  344. My dad was my guest for the Boston Winner’s Circle trip. We were waiting for the elevator and John Sr. was too. I felt like I was standing by a rock star! My heart was beating so fast! When we got in the elevator I introduced myself, and them to each other. I said, “Dad, this is Mr. Gordon.” John shook his hand and said, “I’m just John.”
    Later that night at cocktail hour he and my dad were sitting at the same table. I said, “Dad are you kidding me? You sat at the Gordons’ table?” He said, “No, he sat with me.”
    I loved his humility and friendliness. (And the way he played the drums in the rockstar video lol. )

  345. I started with Gordon Food Service in the early 1990’s. We went to Grand Rapids for Product Emphasis for an entire week. Part of the agenda included having lunch with either Paul or John Gordon. I got to go to lunch with John. I will always remember when I got into his car and put my arm on the armrest it landed on a Bible. John said he always liked to have one close by. Now he and Paul are having lunch together. What a blessing he was to all of us.

  346. My fondest memory of John was on one of my first Winner’s Circle trips back in the 90’s. Kind, caring and competitive! I also loved all of the fun “Gordon” videos in the early part of my career where the family and team would do hilarious videos and poke fun at themselves. John not only lived our Cornerstone Values but as part of our leadership wove those values through the fabric of the company. Thank you for that. It’s allowed so many of us to have wonderful careers for which I’m grateful. A great Leader. A great loss. My condolences to the family.

  347. You will forever be missed for the great person you were and the huge impact you had in G.F.S. Rest well in heaven John Gordon!

  348. May John rest in peace. I never got the chance to meet him personally, but from what I have heard is he left an ever lasting impact and resonance on the people who work within and outside the company. With this, my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family. And if I could express one message to John, which I know he sees it carried out, it would be that your cornerstone values are and will be carried on.

  349. I only had the distinct opportunity to converse with John Sr. in passing when I first started with Gordon Food Service almost 5 years ago.

    You could see a Man of Strength, Sound Mind, Conviction, Strong Faith and a love of this business, his family and all Our Gordon Food Service Associates
    With All the Blessings to the Family & Loved ones, as I know John Sr. had a full and blessed life of 90 years.
    Thoughts and Prayers are with you…..
    from Robert, Cecilia and Gabriella Adams…

  350. John you set a great example for us to live up to. Our Family has prospered so much thanks to the Gordon Family.
    Thank You for everything but mostly for believing in us!

  351. Mr. John will live on, in the kindness he showed others, the comfort he shared with everyone and the love he brought in people’s lives. He will never truly leave.There are places within our hearts that will always be filled with very good memories and great time spent in his company.
    My thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with the Gordon family and to all those that were close to Mr.John.
    Your loss is deeply felt.

  352. Truly an INSPIRATION! Celebrate his great life! Loved my so many! Our great Lord has a great ANGEL ! May God bless all.

  353. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Gordon Family !…
    God Bless You and Rest In Peace…

  354. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the Gordons.

  355. Condolences to the Gordon Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family! We are very grateful. Rest In Peace

  356. It was truly my Honor and pleasure to work for John Gordon and GFS for almost 30 years. My heart is broken and tears flowing for this wonderful man. Sending condolences and Love to Nancy Gordon and family

  357. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gordon, but have met his sons. I am new to doing business with Gordon, but enjoy the fact that it is a family owned business. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  358. Thoughts and prayers for the Gordon family as they celebrate John’s life. I am grateful to have been part of the Gordon Work Family for many years. Praying and confident that John has heard, “well done my good and faithful servent” from his master. God bless and rest in peace.

  359. Sending over positive thoughts and prayers to the Gordon Family. May the love of your family and friends comfort you in this difficult time.

  360. I rode the elevator with Mr. Gordon many a morning. One particular day he instilled upon me a very important personal lesson. I will always remember it. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon family.

  361. I had the honor to meet John on the People of the Year Trip in 2016. I was blessed to meet him and his inspiring personality and was so grateful to share these moments with him. May all these memories be cherished.

  362. My sincere condolence to Gordon family and prayers for John. I am grateful for his contribution.

  363. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family…it is an honor to be a part of the Gordon Food Service family.
    What a great soul he was. He would always give me a big smile from his office as I would drop off the morning mail. That smile went a long way!

  364. During customer tours, it was always an honor to introduce our guests to Mr. Gordon. He always greeted them with a warm smile and sincere thank you for their business. His kindness made a huge impact on our customers, they would comment on how kind he was, and that he was 90 years old and still coming to work! What an amazing example to all of us. He will be missed.
    My sympathies to the entire Gordon family.

  365. My heart and prayers are with Gordon Family during this moment.

  366. To Gordon family, I have not had a chance to personally meet John but anything I have heard describes him as a great person. My sincere condolences to the entire Gordon Family

  367. I’ve been w/GFS for about 4 years and didn’t get to know John Gordon when he was active at GFS, but I saw him regularly in 3-West and he always greeted everyone with a smile. Everyone speaks of him with the highest regard and I am grateful for his legacy with the lives he’s touched and the values he helped shape at GFS.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers go to the family.

  368. It is without a shadow of a doubt that a Godly man was behind this company. When you walk in you see & feel a sense of excellence & pride along with respect for all who do business with Gordon Food Service. May God continue to grow & lead this company. From us at No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce Inc.

  369. Sorry for your loss my prayers are with this family

  370. As a newer employee, it always impressed me that Mr. Gordon was in the office constantly. I will miss exchanging pleasantries in the elevator. My condolences to your family and friends

  371. May God’s grace continue to strengthen and comfort loved ones during this time.

  372. John, I did not know you on a personal level, but I knew of your quiet servant leadership. I am blessed and humbled to be working for this company and know that you and your family care about my family and well being.

    I will never forget that I work for Gordon Food Service. Its the Service that makes us who we are. I take that to work everyday. John made sure that we knew this. Its not GFS. Its not Gordons. Its not Gordon Foods. Its Gordon Food Service.

    God Bless You, John.

  373. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  374. In 2014 I had the honor of being recognized as one of the People of the Year and shared a life time trip to the British Virgin Islands. John Sr and his beautiful wife were there and we had the pleasure of sharing several meals with both of them. Such a kind, caring and full of laughter spirit! John touched so many, many lives and inspired so many people. My condolences to the wonderful Gordon Family and may all your fond memories bring you peace.

  375. Sending thoughts & Prayers to the Gordon Family during this time. It was always a pleasure to cross paths with you Mr. Gordon and always greeting with a simple “hello, good morning” with a smile. Thank you!

  376. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family. It was always a joy to see John and his contagious smile on the 3rd floor.

  377. My Thoughts and Prayers to the Gordaon Family. It was always a pleasure to see John and Nancy at the Annual Meetings. Always flashing a smile and shaking hands. Rest in Peace, very grateful for all you have done

  378. Hi  I met M.Gordon in Montreal at the “Bague en Or ” activities.  He was willing to do everything even the roller coster Goliath which was one of the biggest attractions in the pack.  When he did it, I remembered his wife’s eyes, are you serious darling you will do that…  He smiled like a kid and he told OH YEAH… 
    What a good man…

  379. Although I never met John Gordon, I am proud to be part of his family business. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gordon Family during this time. Keep John’s memory alive by sharing your stories and memories through the generations to come. Cherish those happy times and keep them close to your heart.

  380. Our condolences to John’s immediate and his extended Gordon family. We (my wife and I) had the special opportunity to get to know John and Nancy in April, 2000 during the person of the year trip. That event was a cruise of the Caribbean. John and Nancy were such incredibly gracious hosts during that event, which set the tone for the trip and the group, by encouraging everyone on board to relax and recharge during the week. We will cherish that time together forever.

  381. My sincere condolence to the Gordon family. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I am thankful for being a part of an amazing company who treats everyone like family.
    Rest in Paradise, Mr. John Gordon.

  382. Loved the joy of meeting him at food shows

  383. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  384. Rest in peace Mr. Gordon, you’ve left a legacy we all try to live up to every day at Gordon Food Service. Prayers to the entire Gordon family.

  385. So sad to hear of this news. I worked for many years with Mr. Gordon and his brother, Paul (the other “Mr. Gordon”), doing legal work and I always said that they were my favorite clients. He will be missed!

  386. Great man and gentle soul

    John has left an everlasting impression on the Gordon Food Service Family that will continue to instill the values and philosophy the company thrives on today.

  387. So many memories of John Sr from the duct tape leading to the senior offices to his tolerance of us spending so many resources to grow the Chicago market. From orientations to profit sharing dinners to innumerable meetings and conferences to teams working on specific challenges, John Sr would insert himself where he needed to to coach and prod for best results and would always be encouraging through even the most monotonous parts. John and Nancy were so hospitable to all that accompanied them on trips. It was remarkable and demonstrated their care for those who helped Gordon Food Service grow. In more recent years, John Sr always insisted on addressing Winner Circle dinner guests to tell them how important the effort was that got them there. Although it was typically a noisy and challenging environment to speak to all, he fought through because it was that important to him and to all in attendance. John Sr has been an amazing example of servant leadership and the things that seemed most important to him were often focused on how people could develop and share in the prosperity of Gordon Food Service. Thank you Gordon Family for sharing John Sr and all of your lives with us as if we were family for all of these years. We’ll always remember John Sr’s authenticity and generous laugh.

  388. Sending hugs and prayers your way! Heaven has gained another angel to watch over the Gordon Food Service Family/Team. May Mr. John Gordon rest in peace.

  389. The fact that John was totally approachable made him an exemplary leader. He was a kind and humble gentleman who will be remembered with great fondness. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  390. At 90 years of age John sat outside, wrapped in blankets on a freezing cold day, to honor and celebrate our Gordon Food Service Veterans during our flag raising. What a beautiful soul. May the family be comforted by warm memories, and may you be quick to remember that awesome smile.

  391. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Gordon family.
    God bless

  392. My most sincere condolence to the Gordon family.

  393. My condolences to the Gordon Family.

    Andrée-Ann Bernatchez, Quality assurance analyst (Montreal), says:
  394. My condolences to the Gordon Family, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time. RIP

  395. Love and Prayers to Nancy and all of the Gordon family. Mr. Gordon was a humble and kind man…

  396. What a pleasant and caring man. The world has seen some great men come and go. God bless him and his family.

  397. My condolences to the Gordon Family, Thank you for your hard working.

  398. While I did not get the chance to know John personally, he just had a smile that made you feel like you already did! When our team won J&P Cup this year, he was there and shook each of our hands, while looking into our eyes with that heartfelt smile! Truly inspirational! I’ll never forget it!

  399. Je sais ce quoi vous avez passé, mon père est décédé de l’alzheimer, perdre la personne bien avant son départ. C’est très difficile. Et de le voir partir à petit feu. je vous souhaite mes plus sincères sympathie

  400. I will miss your smile and laugh at the food shows.
    Love and hugs to your family.

  401. Sorry to hear of the passing of John Gordon. Although I never knew him, his legacy of partnering with Christian camps is such a blessing!

    Paul Biles- Executive Director, Camp Tejas, Giddings, TX., says:
  402. We are so thankful for the 30 years we shared with the Gordon Family. John had a great business mind but more important a great heart for others. We were blessed to have spent time with John and Nancy on their sailboat and at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gordon Family at this time as we say goodbye to John’s time on this earth. We are sure you are smiling in Heaven at this time.

  403. It was lovely to see Mr. Gordon in the halls of GFS nearly every day (even the polar vortex couldn’t stop him from coming in!) or in attendance at our recent annual meeting. What a remarkable human being. My sympathies to the entire Gordon family.

  404. Our deepest condolences to the immediate family of John Gordon, his extended family members, and the associates at GFS. John has touched many lives over the years, and when I first met John in the 1980’s, he encouraged the vendor partnership, led by example, and developed a family like culture that was the envy of the food service industry. May his legacy live on forever!

  405. Thinking of all of the Gordon family in their time of sorrow.

  406. My deepest sympathy to the family from Coppell,Tx. DC 16

  407. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon family.
    My wife and I are living very fulfilling and rewarding days in large part due to the solid employment opportunity and generous benefit plan provided for us during my working career. Thank you John and the Gordon family.

  408. Thank you so much for your passion for Christ and serving the Camp and Retreat ministries across the nation!

  409. My husband had only been working at Gordon Food Service a few months, when we attended the annual Christmas party in 2004.

    I was standing in the atrium while my husband checked our coats when I noticed an older gentleman who was also apparently waiting for someone. I said hello, and asked the man how he was enjoying his evening.

    He kindly chatted with me, asking how long my husband had been employed at GFS, how old our children were, and what our plans were for the season. As we talked, there were two things I noticed. First, this man seemed to know everyone. As people arrived, he would raise a hand and call out things like, “So nice to see you!” and, “Glad you’re here!” Then each time, he would turn back to me.

    I also noticed that although people were cheerfully returning his greetings, no one lingered to talk with him. In fact, there seemed to be an invisible ring around this man and me, which no one penetrated. The thing I didn’t notice, until well into our friendly exchange, was his nametag. I was talking to John Gordon.

    When I realized, I quickly excused myself—my face quickly reddening—and went to join everyone else who was showing honor by not monopolizing the man putting on the party. Yet in retrospect, Mr. Gordon never made me feel anything but welcome.

    This made such a lasting impression on me. Mr. Gordon was one of the most respected and influential business men in west Michigan. Yet his small kindness toward me (the wife of a new employee) only amplifies his greatness with humility. What an inspiring legacy.

  410. A special man and family. Our prayers are for the Gordon Family and the never ending legacy that John & Paul created as Gordon Food Service. John had a real “heart to serve” and that was instilled across the entire organization. Thank you for the opportunity to to serve along side you and the Gordon family for 35 years. Blessings to you all. 🙏✝️🙏🏾

  411. I only had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Gordon a few times in my short time with the company but each of those times, he was pleasant and smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gordon family.

  412. At a Team of the Year trip in San Juan, I had the privilege of spending a day on a deep sea fishing boat with John and his lovely wife. The day was very hot and the ocean very still. For hours, not a single nibble. John was so apologetic and disappointed that his guests were not catching fish. He asked the captain rather gruffly, “where are the fish?” The captain looked at John and replied” Senor, I am pretty sure the fish are in the water.” After about five seconds, John broke into a smile and laughed loudly. After that we didn’t care about catching fish. We simply enjoyed listening to stories from John about his family, our company and his faith. I could not have asked for a better way to spend a day on the ocean. Rest in Peace, Mr. Gordon. You have earned it.

  413. My condolences to the Gordon Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  414. I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not get to speak with John on a personal level, I enjoyed the Christmas caroling we did together the last two years!

  415. My sincere condolences to the Gordon family on the passing of John. I am always humbled when I consider the life and legacy of this family. I am also honored to have worked with many of them over the years.

  416. Such a tremendous loss. Our prayers are with You. What an example of a leader and a Godly man. So proud to have been blessed to work with this family for so many years.

  417. It was easy for John to become a mentor to not only me but hundreds of others. He was so organized you could not help but be in awe. Having worked away from the home office it was not uncommon to receive an inter office memo that just read “call me” JMG. Oh, how those made you cringe. I know John is in the glory of his Lord as he received his “see me” memo. Love and prayers to all Gordon Family

  418. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family, from the staff members of the receiving team of Boucherville…….

  419. See Me ……… and we will. I first heard of John on Mackinaw island after he won a Chicago to Mackinaw sailboat race. His laugh is what caught my attention… a class act! Condolences to the entire family.

  420. Thinking of you and your family at this Time God Bless

  421. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family.

  422. Bonjour,

    Je n ai jamais eu la chance de rencontrer M,Gordon mais je suis si fier de travailler dans l entreprise qu il a construit. Toute mes condoléance a la famille et bonne chance dans cette épreuve.

  423. My Condolences to the Gordon Family

  424. In my almost 38 years w/Gordon Food Service I have many great memories of John.
    I am a non-food product specialist in Northern Michigan. A large customer I work with is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. John would always check in with me to make sure everything was going well there as it pertained to my category.

    John and Nancy had a very personal relationship w/the owner of the hotel and would spend every labor day weekend there.

    One year, as a quiet thank you for our efforts there, he asked me if my wife Kelly and I would like to stay in their suite for that weekend. Denny Wilmer and his wife Jane joined us. We had a wonderful time.

    Also blessed to have been on a trip hosted by John and Nancy where we shared many memories from over the years and a few beers.

    Just a couple examples this special man and family, he will be missed.

    May you rest in His peace John.

  425. What an incredible legacy he left. We rejoice for him as he can finally be face to face with his savior, yet we mourn with the family who will miss him dearly. We love you!

  426. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Gordon Family. It was an honor to have met Mr John and Mrs Nancy when they came to Quebec city in 2008, for the Canadian People of the Year trip. I will cherish these moments forever.

  427. As a newer employee, I never got to meet Mr. Gordon, but the stories of him told to me about his tremendous legacy, his devotion to his employees and the Gordon family, his devotion to God – these are the reasons I came to GFS. Sending my deepest condolensces to all who knew and loved him.

  428. I did not know John personally. I met him at Winners Circle in Charleston, SC in 2016. He has made an impact on me through the servant leadership that he has created at Gordon Food Service. I went through the John and Paul videos during my training. I just could not believe how open John and Paul were about their faith in God, and how they wanted to please Him in the way they operated Gordon Food Service. I have had the pleasure of working alongside several ministries in Christian Camping, and have heard great stories of the impact that John has made through his servant heart.

  429. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his people.” Romans 8:28

    May God bless the entire Gordon family.

  430. My condolences to the Gordon Family

  431. My thoughts go out to the Gordon Family during this difficult time. Cherish the happy moments with John Gordon. You will be missed.

  432. While I did not have the opportunity to meet John directly. I can say that his contributions over 6 decades created a fantastic organization with a culture to be revered in the industry. My condolences to the entire Gordon family on the loss of such a great family member and leader.

  433. My prayers and thoughts are with the Gordon family. He was a very generous and kind man.
    I met John as a contract employee. He walked right up to me and introduced himself and asked if I liked working here. I said yes, and he told me to make sure I stayed. Six years later, I am lucky enough to be still be working here. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be part of such a wonderful extended family and the GFS experience.

  434. The whole Gordon family is my thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in the memories and knowing that he is with his Lord and Savior. God Bless.

  435. Keeping the Gordon family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  436. My wife and I were blessed to attend the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in February 2002. John and Nancy hosted. 5 months earlier our country was attacked on 911. Security was heightened beyond belief. We arrived at the gates for the Closing Ceremony. John had a Swiss Army knife in his pocket. I watched perhaps the greatest display of salesmanship, negotiating, and finally the “safe grandpa card” John used with Security. Yes, he brought his knife in. Rest in peace, John. So grateful for all you have done for us.

  437. Our condolences to the Gordon Family, as we pray with you during this difficult time. I will forever remember his warm smile. John’s work ethic was always so inspiring.

  438. Mackinac Island always has been a big part of GFS . The Grand Hotel always a great customer, whenever the Grand felt something wasn’t right with delivery(early 90’s) they called John Sr, he would immediately call me, first apologize for bothering me and always stated I know you will take care of their concern. I was always very humbled by my interactions with John, truly an amazing person and servant leader..

  439. My deepest condolences to the Gordon Family. John was truly an inspiration… dedicated to the organization and its people. I’ll miss seeing him around the office. He always had a contagious smile on his face, especially when handing out candy bars to little ones at our annual Harvest Festival! What a life well lived.

  440. We are certainly experiencing the passing of a Legend. I was fortunate enough that John and Nancy came to my wedding 36 years ago. Shelley and I also had the Blessing of spending time with John and Nancy on a Person of the Year Windstar Cruise. To this day I will always remember John being the ultimate host- kind, humble, personable and serving. John, it was an honor to know you! God Bless John, Nancy and the entire Gordon Family!

  441. Although I didn’t get much time with him, what I did get to spend was amazing. Such a friendly person to talk to, so much history behind that grin. He always had the biggest smile on his face whenever I got the privilege to say hi to him, and would always lighten up my day. John sir, you will be missed dearly.

  442. My condolences to the entire Gordon family. Such a kind man…..Rest In Peace.

  443. My prayers and sympathy are with the entire family at this time of loss.
    But I know that God is watching over and comforting them.
    Always remember the good times it helps alot

  444. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gordon Family during this sad time. I am blessed and honored to work for such a great organization that John helped build during his life.

  445. Toutes mes condoléances à la famille.
    Ceci est toujours un passage difficile.

  446. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon Family during this difficult time.

  447. We have lost a great and sweet man, but he leaves us with a solid example of how to live as we are meant to.
    My condolences to the Gordon Family

  448. My thoughts and prayer are with the Gordon Family.

  449. My deepest sympathy to the family. It has been such an honor and blessing to have known and worked for Mr. Gordon. I had a vendor share a food show story with me that I thought characterized the family perfectly. The vendor said the show was winding down and they were putting stuff away and Mr. Gordon and his wife stopped by the booth and asked for a sample. The vendor was hesitant as he was tired and ready to be done, but he brought the food back out and put together a sample for the two of them. They chatted with him a bit, thanked him and left. Afterwards, a neighboring vendor pointed out how special it was that John Gordon had stopped at his booth for a sample. He had no idea it was them as they never said their names; they were so humble. It made a big impact on that vendor.

  450. For the last 20 years, I have been working for a company that cares. Through a steady paycheck, flexible work hours and good benefits, it has helped me raise my family, and never asked me to choose between the two. I will be forever grateful to John Gordon and his family for GFS, a company that cares.

  451. John was always pleasant and fun to serve. He would come into the print center to have their Christmas cards and envelopes imprinted. He always had a story. A contagious smile and a laugh to go with it. He always had time to say hello and shake your hand.
    It has been a pleasure and a privilege to say that I worked for John Gordon, Sr.
    His smiling face will be missed around the campus of Gordon Food Service.
    My prayers are for the family that God will give them comfort during this time.

  452. John was a man that had a deep caring and respect for all people, but a unique fondness and appreciation for customers and employees alike. He was a great example of hard work and dedication and was driven by a passion that was evident to all.

  453. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gordon Family and Friends.

  454. My deepest sympathy to the Gordon family Rest in Paradise Mr. John Gordon.

  455. Wishing you family support during this sad time.

  456. My condolences to the Gordon Family, you are in thoughts and prayers. He was a remarkle man and always a smile on his face. He will be missed!

  457. My prayers condolences and are with the Gordon family.

  458. May you feel God’s love and grace at this time of great sorrow. John will be greatly missed by many.

  459. My thoughts and condolences go out to the Gordon Family. I had the pleasure of meeting John as well as his brother Paul in the mid 80’s. I can say that these men were the nicest you’d ever want to meet.

  460. Mr. Gordon was one of the kindest men I have had the pleasure to know and to work with. We would also like to pass on the condolences from Myron Olsen the Master Cheese Maker from the Chalet Cheese Plant in Monroe Wi, they are the last Limburger cheese plant in America.
    God Bless,
    P

  461. My prayers and condolences to the Gordon Family . It has been almost to the day, 5 years ago, that I went through my new employee orientation at GFS where I got to meet John Gordon Sr. Hearing him sharing his stories and passion for not just a company but the people is what has stuck with me everyday to always remember what is important. The culture he and the family worked to create for generations is lasting and evident everyday in the character of the individuals I get to work with. My career and family are forever indebted to John for his integral parts in growing such a great company. From my family to yours we thank you and take comfort in knowing that you have been welcomed home to Lord.

  462. My deepest sympathies go out to the Gordon family. May our Lord bless and comfort you all during this time of grief.

  463. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

  464. What a legend! Always remember the 1994 trip with John and Nancy – wonderful people. May the Lord bless and keep the family. Prayers of peace be with you

  465. My condolences to the Gordon family. I am grateful to be able to work for his company.

  466. So I’m a big guy in height and waistline. Back in January 2019 I was in the elevator with John at Home Office. John looks at me and says “If our store customers have appetites as big as yours, our annual sales would look really good!”

    Even in his final months he worked hard to put a smile on our faces. Thanks for the memory, John! 🙂

  467. I remember spending time with John and his wife in Charleston south Carolina on a Winners Circle trip. They were great. Funny and so witty. He teased her like they had just started dating. My wife Melinda loved it.

  468. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon Family, friends, and GFS team during this difficult time.

  469. My sincerest condolences to the Gordon Family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  470. My prayers a thoughts are with the Gordon Family. He was just a real, genuine, good man. For 38 of my 57 years I have had the privilege to work for this kind and generous man. Psalm 23 comes to mind. God bless

  471. My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and the entire Gordon family. John was always kind in every interaction I had with him. He made me feel welcome and I will be forever appreciative. He will be missed by everyone he ever came into contact with.

  472. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gordon Family during this time.

  473. My condolences and prayers are with the Gordon family.

  474. My sympathies to the whole family and may God give you the strength to overcome this sad moment.

  475. My condolences to the entire Gordon Family. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  476. Rest in Peace and thank you for all of your hard work and legacy.

  477. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family. John taught us all so much through his fervant dedication and true servant leadership. May he rest now, in the peace of Christ.

  478. My prayers and thoughts are with the Gordon Family during this sad time. Both John and Paul have been major positive influences in my life and career. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity know, work for and learn from John.

  479. My condolences to John’s family. I had the honor and privilege of working with John for the past 43 years. He was a remarkable man!

    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. The family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  480. On behalf of the management and owners of your proud & long-time mutual partner, Hallmark Poultry Processors Ltd., I wish to express my deepest condolences to the entire Gordon Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all; and that God provides you an abundance of strength, love and comfort during this difficult time. May God bless you, John, & your beloved family. “A life well-lived, and happily celebrating and remembering for a very long time!”

  481. My condolences to the Gordon Family and all the employees. It was always a pleasure to see him at the food show, very devoted to the business and his customers.always treat you like the only and last customer. Very good man. RIP.

  482. May Christ’s love and grace continue to shine throughout our community in the special legacy John Gordon has left here both in GFS and in his incredible family. Our family is praying for all those in the Gordon family and also for the GFS community. May the peace of Christ fill you as we hold onto the hope of the Resurrection promise found only in Him! One day a great family reunion is coming, where our Good Shepherd will lead us to quiet waters and green pastures.

  483. Always such a pleasure to talk to at the food shows. So approachable. I have had a great relationship with the company that Mr. Gordon built. My condolences to the Gordon family and all those at Gordon Food Service. His presence will be missed. But his legacy will continue.

  484. What a kind man. Always so gracious and generous with his time. He would greet you warmly and make you feel as if you were his only customer.
    Rest in Peace Mr. Gordon