Coulda Shoulda Woulda …


Sometimes life repeatedly places us in close proximity to one another through common interests like where we work, play, dine, or places we frequent on a regular basis like our local Starbucks, shopping center, or our community church where we attend and volunteer.  We have introduced ourselves, shaken each others hands, given each other friendly hugs, smiled and waved in passing, and often thought what a great person he must be, but… I really coulda, shoulda, woulda become more than just acquaintances.  If I had only taken the time out from my so-called busy schedule!

And today, we found out that it’s too late.  Someone we were very fond of but from an arm’s length has passed.  And, had I put myself out there like I coulda, shoulda, woulda, I wouldn’t have to learn more about this person by reading his obituary rather than sharing life’s experiences–and this I will forever regret.

To my fellow Starbucks visitor and my church community member, Len, who always gave me such warm greetings on Sundays at the doorway of our church, I say to you that I truly did enjoy every moment we shared together. You always were so very warm and friendly to me and to others whose lives you touched along the way. I wish that I coulda, shoulda, woulda shared more time with you. In one sense, our tomorrows may be over, and my opportunity to know you better on earth lost, but I will always remember you and you will continue to live on in my memories as an example of a kind and gentle person who I coulda, shoulda, woulda loved to have known better.  Until we meet on the other side, thank you, you lived and loved.

Obituary of Leonard Gordon, Jr.:

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Leonard Gordon Jr
18 Feb 1942 –
11 Feb 2013

Birth: 1942-02-18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Monday, February 11, 2013
Laid to Rest: Thursday, February 14, 2013 in the Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Maryland

Leonard Gordon, Jr., 70, of Dunkirk, MD passed away February 11, 2013. He was born February 18, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA to Leonard and Caroline (DeJames) Gordon.

In 1960, Leonard graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA and entered the United States Air Force, serving for eight years. During his stationing in Machias, Maine, Leonard met and married Judy Alberta Hooper on August 1, 1964. Upon completion of his service, he entered employment with the US Naval Oceanographic Office where he remained until his retirement in 1997.

An avid reader and world traveler, Leonard was a lifelong “knowledge” enthusiast. His interests were broad with a special fondness for astronomy. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, friends and members of his church family from Chesapeake Church.

Leonard was preceded in death by a son David Gordon.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Judy; sons Daniel Gordon and wife Elizabeth of Ashburn, VA, and Donald Gordon of Chesapeake Beach; a daughter-in-law Renee O’Brien of Huntingtown; and granddaughters Kate O’Brien of Durham, NC, Megan O’Brien of Huntingtown and Alexandra, Ava and Ashton Gordon all of Ashburn, VA. Also surviving are sisters Patricia Sparks of Burke, VA and Attricia DeJames of Chesapeake, VA.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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