William John Gordon MBE

William John Gordon MBE
William John Gordon MBE

The passing of John Gordon is a great loss to the whole community – a man involved in so many aspects of life. John’s caring, kind, considerate and thoughtful nature endeared himself to everyone.

In 1953 John was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery, an accolade he never spoke about until a few years ago when the press were highlighting the 60th anniversary of the air crash at Nutts Corner airport - when John said “he was just doing his job”.

In John’s so called retirement years he took on many things.

In 1986 he became secretary of the Limousin Club and worked tirelessly for the breed for over 30 years. During this period he became president of the club and held that position with great esteem until two years ago when he had to retire due to ill health.

During his time with the club his tireless, unselfish work, commitment, loyalty and service were recognised by many awards and presentations culminating with an “Unsung Hero” award presented by the Farming Life and Danske Bank at a Gala Dinner in 2013.

John was certainly an “Unsung Hero” to the Northern Ireland Limousin Club members.

Most of John’s working life revolved around health and safety.

He was a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and in 1995 he was awarded the MBE for his services in this field.

For many years he served on the committee of the Northern Ireland Safety Group.

John was one of the founder members of the Edgecumbe Parents and Friends Group which provides support for adults with learning difficulties.

He held the position of Treasurer for over 30 years and also served on the Board of The Orchardville Society.

John, “one of life’s true gentlemen”, a man with an indomitable spirit and a wonderful sense of duty will be sadly missed by his friend and companion Joan, Anne, Andrew and the entire family circle.