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Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“What a wonderful tribute to Bill's life. When I watched the DVD and saw his beautiful flower garden, it reminded me of how Bill would laugh when my...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Ellie Searles - Schroon Lake, NY

Barbara and Bill in the Early Days “Aunt Barbara, Kevin, MelissaI want to say how sorry I am to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. While I have been only family from afar, I love sharing...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Sherry Akins - Bradenton, FL

“Bill and I worked together many years ago on the Board of SYFS and I alays enjoyed chatting with him whenever I met him around town or occasionally...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Martha Deering - Shrewsbury, MA

“We are sending hugs and prayers to the whole family from NJ. We have the best memories at Gage Lane growing up and spending time together at my...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Sami and keith Moran - Ringoes, NJ

“With deepest sympathies to Bill's family- I had the pleasure of getting to know him the few summers I worked for SELCO. He was an amazing guy, and I...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Christopher Dell'Erba - MA

“Prayers for Billy. May he Rest in Peace.Carl Gentile, Local 170 ”
6 of 30 | Posted by: Carl Gentile

“We are so so very sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy & Elvis Rodriguez - FL

“I have such fond memories of Billy from my childhood of sleepovers at the Gordon home. And of course, my mother, Veronica, adored her cousin deeply....Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Alexis - Family

“Dearest Gordon Family,I am so sorry to hear about Billy's passing. I remember him when we were young. He always had a smile on his face. My...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Joyette (Castagna) Bartley - MA

“What a lovely tribute in photoes of a beautiful man and his family. So sorry for your loss, Kathy. May he Rest in Peace. ”
10 of 30 | Posted by: KATE FRYER - Worcester, MA

“As a newcomer to the Gage Lane Community, I haven't known Bill all that long. But it took no time to figure out that he was one of the kindest men I...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Alan Cusher - Neighbor

“Dear Gordon Family, Sending prayers for strength, so sorry to read this. Cherish the memories he was always smiling. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Gerolomo - Worcester, MA

“The sun won't shine as bright on Shrewsbury anymore because of Bill's passing.My deep and heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and her loved ones at this...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Joseph Montecalvo - Whitinsville, MA

“Barbara, Butchie, Kathy and the Gordon Family, I send you all special thoughts and prayers on the passing of Bill. My best memories of Bill were...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Clare (Thompson) Nadolski - MA

“A smile that lit up any room he ever entered........and Billy always seemed to be smiling......our sincere condolences to the entire Gordon family...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: john lawless - San Antonio, TX

“A beautiful man and a beautiful family. Love to you all. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: William Benson - Centerville, MA

“We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing and send our heartfelt condolences to Barbara and his family. May God bless and help you cope in the...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Kevin and Karen Ronayne - MA

“Dear Barbara, Kevin & Joseph,Heartfelt sympathy to you and the whole family. I was stunned to read of Bill's passing and know he will be greatly...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Jane Farina

“Dear Barbara and Family,When we moved onto Gage Lane 2 1/2 years ago Bill was among the first to welcome us to our new neighborhood. Always with a...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Dan and Judy Manteuffel

“It was a sad day to learn that Bill passed away recently. Bill and I are Classical High School graduates, but our real bond came from our years at...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: John Pigaga - Sarasota, FL

“Barbara & family Truly sad to hear of Bills passing He certainly was the rock of Selcos accounting dept He leaves his beautiful family his beautiful...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Judith Polito - Shrewsbury, MA

“I am saddened by your loss. I have had the privilege of Bill being a friend for many years. He will be greatly missed. Got Bless! ”
22 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Samia - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Barbara and family,I am shocked and so saddened to learn of Bills passing. The best neighbor ever to my grandparents, always there whenever...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Andrea Shamgochian

“I will never forget Bill's many acts of kindness to my mother when they were neighbors on Gage Lane during 1971-1988. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: David Levy - Washington, DC

“We always enjoyed seeing Bill and his buddies as they would walk by on Colton Lane. Always a warm hello, big smile and a wave. So very sorry to read...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Paula & Jim Buonomo - Shrewsbury, MA

“Our sincere sympathy to Barbara, Kevin, Melissa and other family members for the death of the Mayor of Gage Lane . Our beloved Bill. We are still in...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Paul Thayer - Shrewsbury, MA

“Best neighbor anyone could ever hope for. Bill and Barbara have been wonderful neighbors, friends, and like family to us sharing in so many joys...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Ann Thayer - South Kingstown, RI

“I'm so sorry for your loss. When I lived in Shrewsbury and I ran Cross Country he always encouraged me on my runs, the route I took allowed me to...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Andrea Maiorano - Las Vegas, NV

“Our deepest sympathies to Barbara & family. Shocked to read the news of Bill's passing. He was always so full of life with a smile & a kind word...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: June & Frank Tomaiolo - Friend

“I remember Bill from his years at the Town Hall. He was always so friendly and energetic. Always greeted you with a smile. Always walking. Another...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Dotty Flynn - Shrewsbury, MA

William Paul Gordon was born February 7, 1945 in Worcester, one of three children to the late Russell and Amelia (Borbone) Gordon. Raised in the city's Grafton Hill neighborhood, he was a graduate of St. Stephen's Grammar School, Classical High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Clark University.

Bill married Barbara A. Pinto on October 9, 1971, in Saint Mary's Church in Shrewsbury and they made their home on Gage Lane for over fifty-one years. Bill's yard was his oasis. He could often be found working meticulously in the yard and tending to his beautiful flower gardens. It was really worthy of awards and photos in a home and garden magazine, but Bill did it for relaxation and satisfaction. His home on Gage Lane was also the gathering place for all holidays and Sunday dinners, Italian style, of course, every single week.

His professional career included ten years at UMASS Memorial Healthcare where he worked as a data processing supervisor. Bill then worked for the Town of Shrewsbury in its Municipal Lighting and Electric department, SELCO for over thirty-five years as its senior accountant. He enjoyed retirement in 2009.

He was a familiar face alongside his daily walking buddies, Tom Josie, Mike and Vanessa Hale, Ernie Rivard, Ralph Iaccarino and Gloria Triola. Together they would religiously canvas the streets of 01545 discussing the problems of the world, locally and beyond, sharing stories about family and life, all the while keeping physically fit. Bill kept the pace and would greet so many people that beeped, waved, and hollered a hello along his routes that he was dubbed 'Mr. Shrewsbury' by many that knew him.

He was a member of Saint Mary's Parish where he was a regular attendee to the vigil Mass each Saturday at 4:30 p.m. He also belonged to Pope Benedict Council #2379 Knights of Columbus in Grafton and was a proud and longtime town meeting member in Shrewsbury.

Bill died Tuesday, March 1, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old. 

In addition to his wife of fifty years, Barbara, he leaves his children, Kevin P. Gordon of Shrewsbury, Melissa A. Nazzaro and her husband Matthew of Peabody; he was the much-loved Papa to Joseph P. Gordon, Matthew P. Nazzaro and Christopher W. Nazzaro; his siblings, Kathleen Gordon of Worcester and Russell 'Butch' Gordon and his wife Darlene of Hutchinson Island, Florida; his brothers-in-law Patrick Pinto and his wife Cindy of Worcester, Richard Pinto and his wife Donna of Oxford; also survived by nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor Bill's life by gathering for calling hours on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, followed by his funeral Mass celebrated at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

While Covid restrictions are being lessened, Bill's family politely requests all guests wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to 'Share the Warmth' in c/o SELCO, 100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. This is a fund that helps those in need with their electric bills and a fund that Bill proudly managed during his years of service at SELCO.

Arrangements by James & John Heald.