SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Alan Gordon, a veteran of the laundry chemical industry, died April 20 in Jacksonville, Florida, reports Greg Gurtler, president of Gurtler Industries.
He was 79.
Gordon joined Gurtler Industries in 1999 as the senior vice president of corporate accounts.
He helped develop Gurtler into an industry leader as a manufacturer of commercial laundry products both in the United States and Canada.
He retired from Gurtler in 2022.
“Alan’s dedication and drive made him very successful as well as the associates that he led and worked with throughout his career,” says Greg Gurtler. “He will be greatly missed by the entire Gurtler Industries family.”
Gordon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania, where he was a standout football player and wrestler at Haverford High School.
He earned a full scholarship to play football at Tulsa University where he studied for several years.
Gordon met the love of his life, Judy, in Philadelphia in 1964 and they were married in 1966 in Baltimore. He and Judy raised their children in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was often found on the tennis courts or at the soccer fields coaching his son.
Gurtler says Alan was known to have a big personality that was only matched by the love and pride he had for his family.
Through his later years he and Judy, always together, enjoyed spending time and watching their grandchildren grow up while becoming close friends and confidants with their adult children.
Work had them on the move later in his career from Chicago back to Philadelphia and finally to Jacksonville where his children and families are located.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 56 years Judy, daughter Amy Gordon Cromwell (Tim), son Ivan Gordon, three grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
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