Longtime Section X coach and supporter George Gordon passed away on Tuesday. He was 62.
Canton Athletic Director Bill Porter shared two of the photos included in this blog with coaches at Canton Central School this morning and reflected on the impact Gordon had on him as an athlete, coach and person.
“I will be eternally grateful to have had Coach Gordon in my life. Having played for him on his first team in 1986 in Gouverneur to having coached beside him during his final season are blessings which I will always cherish,” Porter said. “I have learned many lessons from Coach G. along the way. He had a no nonsense approach and an honesty which he would relay to his athletes, always striving to make them tougher or better. Underneath this tough exterior was a man who deeply cared about his players, fellow coaches, officials, family and friends. In the past few years, I took great pleasure watching him as he shared some very positive life-long memories with his son Jack and our teams. He was my coach, he was my friend, I will miss him.”
Gordon has coached track and field, football, and basketball at several districts across Section X, including Gouverneur, Canton and Potsdam.
In an email to Section X coaches, Section X Director of Interscholastic Athletics Carl Normandin described Gordon as a happy-go-luck person.
For the last 10 years, Gordon volunteered his time to Section X and became a member of “The Crew,” a group of men and women who work winter playoff events as ticket takers, security, greeters, program sellers, and whatever other roles must be filled to make those events run smoothly. He has also been an announcer, scoreboard operator, and coordinated player rosters and invitations for boys and girls All-Star senior basketball games and assisted with the three-point and dunk competitions.
“He brought a smile and positivity to any sporting function he was a part of. You could rely on him to do anything for anybody without hesitation,” Normandin said in a separate email. “He loved Section X and the sporting community of the north country. George was truly in his element as a Teacher/Coach. He really enjoyed working with young people and coaching with and against his friends. George will be deeply missed by our Section X Family.”
We will share information about services for Gordon when it becomes available.