OBITUARY

Gordon Lowell Platt

June 20, 1944February 13, 2021
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Portland, ME- Gordon L. Platt, 76, of Portland, Maine, died on Saturday February 13, 2021, from Lewy Body Dementia with parkinsonism. A stubborn Scot, he fought hard. His two daughters Lisa and Gina were with him at the end.

Gordon was born in Portland on June 20, 1944 to John Edward and Margaret Esther Morse Platt. Two days later, and just down the hall, his uncle was also born. Over the years, as a military brat he lived in Maine, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Washington DC, and The Azores, where he graduated from Lajes High School in 1962. One of Gordon’s favorite homes was in Montigny-sur-Loing, France. He told many stories about his fondness for the old stone house in which he and his family lived. We are pretty sure his eternal love of baked goods came from this period in his life!

Gordon married Rosemary Troiano on September 2, 1967. Shortly after their first daughter Gina was born, Gordon accepted a position as buyer of junior apparel at Sears & Roebuck’s home office in New York City. He enjoyed this job immensely and met many interesting people while getting to travel around quite a bit. He commuted to NYC every weekday and once his second daughter Lisa was born would often bring the family for outings to the city on the weekends. This period of time made a huge impact on his daughters who continue to have a special love for NYC.

In 1977 Gordon moved his family back to Maine, starting a printing business in Lewiston. He threw himself into this endeavor and ran it successfully for many years. His girls would walk over from St. Dom’s to help out with various tasks when they could, and it really became a family business. Gordon was like a dad to his employees…getting to know their families and creating a warm work environment. The Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake, where his great grandfather grew up, was one of his treasured clients during his years in the printing business. He retained a close friendship with the remaining brothers and sisters until his death.

During his time in Lewiston Gordon became a Eucharistic minister for St. Joseph’s Parish, worked on many downtown development projects, was part of Rotary, Lewiston Tomorrow, and the Chamber of Commerce. After closing “the shop,” as he called it, Gordon later went on to become a small business counselor for The Maine Small Business Development Center at University of Maine. He was responsible for York County and helped lead many new entrepreneurs to start successful businesses. Owing to the fact he grew up in a military family and dedicated 7 years to the Marine Corps Reserves, Gordon considered it a special honor to help Veterans start their own business. Because of his experience running his own business and helping others to start theirs, he was a consummate local shopper. If he could, Gordon always bought local. He would often stop in to one of the businesses he helped get off the ground to buy toys for his grandkids, or pies to bring to holiday gatherings. He retired from USM in his early 70s and focused on travel and family.

Gordon was very active during his life. He rode in the Trek Across Maine for 17 years, traveled to many air & space museums around the country, went to New Orleans several times to go to his beloved Preservation Hall, finally got to go to Scotland where his ancestors are from, and even spent a week on Mount Desert Rock participating in a program through College of the Atlantic (this was one of his favorite experiences and he spoke of it often). Twenty-five miles off the coast, on a rock, with a bunch of women and fresh seafood…what wasn’t to like?! He would attend the Highland Games every year, went to as many live concerts as possible, loved baking, and had a life-long love of planes. He could identify any plane just by the sound of its engine! The photo we chose for this obituary was taken in 2014 when he toured a B-17 in Trenton, Maine. You can see how happy it made him! ¬Gordon also had a stellar sense of humor, until the end. He always joked about the Swedish Swim Team coming over to visit him (e.g., I better shave if the SST is coming over!).

As “Lewy” took its toll and Covid hit, Gordon was taken out of his nursing home and brought to live with his daughter Lisa. As a nurse and his child, Lisa provided a loving, caring environment for him to spend his last months—eating his favorite food, listening to his beloved music, and surrounded by family until his last moment on Earth.

Gordon is survived by his ex-wife Rosemary Platt, with whom he stayed close friends until the end, and her partner Richard Leone; his daughter Gina; his daughter Lisa and her husband Joel Turgo; and his beloved grandchildren Sean, Liam, Michela Foley and their father Dan Foley. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law Anna Troiano, his siblings Janet (Platt) & Jim Wahlberg, John Platt, Jeffrey Platt, Sr., & Greg & Kathy Platt in addition to numerous nieces and nephews and his Uncle Bud (Merrill Morse), with whom he was very close from birth. Gordon was predeceased by his parents John & Esther Platt, his father-in-law Ralph A. Troiano, and his son-in-law Roman Blanke.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland, where a funeral service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, February 24th. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to much-needed Lewy Body Dementia research at www.lbda.org/donate.

  • FAMILY

  • John Edward Platt, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Esther Morse Platt, Mother (deceased)
  • Rosemary Platt (Richard Leone), Ex-Wife
  • Gina Platt, Daughter
  • Lisa Turgo (Joel Turgo), Daughter
  • Sean Foley, Grandson
  • Liam Foley, Grandson
  • Michela Foley, Granddaugher
  • Anna Troiano, Mother-in-law
  • Ralph Troiano, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Janet Wahlberg (Jim Wahlberg), Sister
  • John Platt, Brother
  • Jeffrey Platt, Sr., Brother
  • Greg Platt (Kathy Platt), Brother
  • Merrill Morse (Bud), Uncle
  • Roman Blanke, Son-in-law (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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David Hill

March 5, 2021

Gordo and I shared many laughs at the Maine Small Business Development Center quarterly meetings. His dedication to entrepreneurship was intense.

It's clear that his good character was totally inherited by his daughters. Thank you for making his exit from this life as tolerable as possible. He reaped what he sowed.

Jeffrey Platt Jr

February 24, 2021

My uncle was larger than life and lived that way ill miss him

Jeffrey Platt Sr

February 23, 2021

Gordon, always looked up to respected & confided in. I was told that he & my sister Janet rescued me from quicksand near Andrews AFB when I was 4. Later years we lived back in Maine & he worked spraying vegetables for Payne Gardens in Orrington. His 1st big drive after getting his DL was to take the family to Charleston AFB in SC to get on a plane to meet up with Dad as he'd been stationed at Lajes AFB in the Azores. Thus is where Gordon graduated from HS. He left the island to go back & attend College in Portland. Years later he worked in NYC where he'd take me in his VW Bug in that crazy traffic then the Subaru bug got him & when I'd Semi into town he'd pick me up & we'd go eat Italians(not the people) a sandwich which we both loved & unique to Maine. We were blessed by our sister Janet to have a reunions with him at a cottage on Sabego Lake where we celebrated his & Uncle Buddy's 75th Birthdays. Gordon was 2 days older. I & my son Jeff Jr had the privilege of (sadly my last)visiting him late Aug 2020 thanks to his daughter Lisa for bringing him home for his whole family to visit. Greatful to have had this chance. He will be dearly missed & treasured forever. A true leader of us all.

Barbara Solomon

February 22, 2021

My husband, Bill Solomon, and Gordon became good friends their Freshman year at UMP, now USM. They rented an apartment together on Granite Street their Sophomore year. Gordon helped Bill get a job painting the Troiano's house over the summer. Bill's father was career Army, so they both had moved many times and had a lot in common. Once Bill moved to Orono the middle of their Junior year, I don't think they kept in touch much, but Bill did wonder over the years what had happened to Gordon. It is too bad they had not connected after we returned to Maine when Bill retired from the Navy. Perhaps they can have a nice visit now, as I lost Bill in March of 2019 to congestive heart failure. God Bless you all as you celebrate a good life well lived.

Pauline Renaud-Pirrone

February 21, 2021

A great sadness for the entire Platt family and for all those who knew Gordon.

I met Gordon and Rosemary through my brother Norm and his wife Sue who became their very good friends. My encounters with Gordon were always positive, Gordon had a smiling voice if you can imagine that. He made the conversations always about you because Gordon was such a caring gentleman. Gordon’s pride and joy and at the center of his heart were his two beautiful daughters Lisa and Gina.

May the family find peace in their memories of that wonderful man.

Cherry Hill, NJ

John Platt

February 20, 2021

Gordon/Gordy,my(Big Brother) You were my star,my hero.You always knew just what to say to make me feel better about my self.You were the opidome' of what a man should be,strong decisive and informed but in control.Yet,kind and gentle,never putting yourself above others.I will always remember that you went with me on my 50mi.merit badge hike into the Maine woods when I. Was 12yrs old. It was an overcast night,so there was no Moon- no light. I was scared! But I didn't want you to know.After a while you say "Maybe you should help steady me across these rocks since I've got this pack on my back"and with that you took a strong grip on my hand and led me up the trail! I felt so unafraid for the rest of the 50 mi. hike in the dark.The world was a better place,with you in it! There is such a hole in my heart,and it hurts so much. From now on I, with Gods help, will have to fill it with that eternal light that's Gordon,My Brother. Thanks for sharing your life with us. SimpeFi
God be with us all Amen

Mary-Lou Breitborde

February 20, 2021

Bob and I knew Gordon through Margaret Somer. We had many good times with him. I have especially fond memories of a shared trip to PEI, and one Christmas when he drove us all over coastal Maine chasing performances, from a tuba concert in Freeport to fiddling in Buxton (I think). Your dad/granddad was a wonderful man, a very good man. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids; he talked about all of you often. And he was interested in so many things: I shared his love of "roots" music, his love of Maine, his delicious biscuits,. Bob and Gordon talked planes. I had a chance to visit him shortly after he moved to his residential center and we had a phone call a while later. The disease was so cruel, so difficult for a man with so many interests and so many stories to share.
I'm glad he got to spend the end of his life with his family. I trust he is now at peace.
We're so very sorry for your loss. It's a big one.
Mary-Lou Breitborde and Bob Scheier, Swampscott MA

Linda Tripp

February 19, 2021

What an absolutely wonderful man with a huge heart and a warm smile for everyone. I am blessed to have had Gordon in my life. Little did I know almost 40 years ago what he and his beautiful family would come to mean to me... Gordon I will NEVER forget you, your generous nature, those big hugs, your sense of humor or the many, many times we've shared. You are part of the very foundation of my life and I will forever carry you in my heart. You will be loved and missed by so very many, me especially. Peter and I send our love and prayers to comfort your family who we know meant ALL the world to you. Fly high dearest Gordon!!! I love you.

Lyn Marquis

February 18, 2021

Gordon was an amazing person that I have many fond memories of throughout my childhood. I met his daughter Lisa when they first moved to Maine and us girls became friends. Through the years I spent many hours at the Platt home and with the family which were some of the best moments. Gordon always had a warm welcome and would also stop when he was driving to give my dad a ride. My dad (when he was still alive) often spoke of how Gordon made his day. I particularly remember times that my dad was smiling and laughing when telling me that Lisa's Dad stopped and gave him a ride to town in "His Baby Carriage" which was Gordon's Volkswagen Beetle.

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Gina Platt, Lisa (Platt) Turgo, Gordon Platt
Turgo wedding July 27,2019

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Dad did Rock Steady Boxing to stay strong so he could walk me down the isle! He did everything for those he loved.

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Dashing Dad (Gordon) and Lisa

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Dick, Rosemary, Gina, Lisa, Michela, Liam, Tina

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Joel (Groom), Lisa, Gordon, Rosemary, Dick

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Gordon and grandson Liam

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Nana Troiano and Dad (Gordon)

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Dad was hugged, kissed, and held literally until his last breath. We will so miss those hugs.

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Always looking sharp