Irving "Spike" Gordon

June 24, 1925November 4, 2012

Irving “Spike” Gordon, a former North Shore businessman and World War II Marine Corps combat veteran, died on November 4, 2012 following a brief illness. He was 87 years old. A native of Salem, he lived most of his adult life in Lynn and Swampscott. At the time of his death, he was a resident of the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead. Spike graduated from Salem High School in 1942 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Marines. He saw service in the Philippines and the Solomon Islands and participated in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. Irving received his fifth sergeant stripe before his twentieth birthday, making him at the time the youngest marine to hold that rank. Following his return from the war, Spike matriculated at Bowdoin College where he was a founding member of the college’s first fraternity open to Jews and African Americans. After graduating in the class of 1950, he entered his family’s clothing business. Later, Irving owned or managed several prominent North Shore businesses, including Hoffman’s in Lynn, Allied Lumber in Salem and Harvey’s Door and Window in Beverly. Spike was active in community affairs, including the Lynn chapter of the NAACP and the Jewish Rehabilitation Center of the North Shore. He and his wife worked extensively with newly-arrived Russian immigrants to help them settle on the North Shore. He was an active life-long participant in Marine Corps veterans’ activities. He was an avid sportsman, for years a fixture on the tennis courts of the Nahant Country Club, New England ski slopes and on various local golf courses. He was a member of Temple Emanuel in Marblehead. In 1948, Spike married his high-school sweetheart, the former Idarose “Sis” Silverman of Lynn. The couple celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in September. Spike is the devoted father of David Gordon and his wife Joan Parker of Washington, DC; Andrew Gordon and his wife Cecily Roberts of Baltimore, MD; Lilli Gordon of Newton; Scott Gordon and his wife Lynn of Manhattan, NY. Loving brother of the late Esther, Helen and Natalie. Cherished grandfather of Alexander, Charles, Nicholas, Rachel, Michael, Benjamin, Georgia and Graham.

Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem/Swampscott line on Monday (TODAY), November 5, 2012 at 9AM. Interment at Congregation Shirat Hayam, Beth El Section. Friends and family are welcome to gather immediately following interment at Hawthorne by the Sea, 153 Humphrey St, Swampscott. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to charity of your choice. 781-581-2300


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 5, 2012
  • Committal Service Monday, November 5, 2012

Irving "Spike" Gordon

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November 22, 2012

Dear Sis and family, I am very sorry to hear about your loss of Spike. He was a wonderful neighbor, so proud of his beautiful porch garden and always ready to chat about his golfing plans.
I miss your presence.The house is not the same since you two have left. My thoughts and good wishes are with you, Sis.
Marta Zora

November 22, 2012

Dear Sis,
We are so sorry to hear of Spike's passing. We shared many happy times as neighbors on Wetherly Drive.
We think of you often and hope you are doing well.
Harriet and Harold

Melanie Maynard

November 13, 2012

I met Spike on the Lynn beach 11/10/96. I commented on his hat and said "Happy Birthday Marine". He was so touched as it was the first and only comment he received from a civilian that day. Every year on November 10th I would call him to say 'happy birthday'. For the past two years I have not been able to track him down until I googled his name today and read his obit. I am so profoundly sad at the loss of my beloved Marine friend. Semper Fi

With extreme gratitude for your service, Spike. God rest your soul.

Melanie Maynard
daughter of
WWII Marine, 2nd Division, South Pacific

marie curry arrao

November 7, 2012

Sorry to hear of Spike's passing... I used to live in the attic apartment on Cherry Street... He was a kind soul.

November 5, 2012

I knew Spike for at least 60 years, and he was a great guy. Elaine and I wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
From Florida.
Elaine and Don Finegold

November 5, 2012

Dear Sis, David, Andy, Lilli, and Scott -- I'm so sorry for your loss. I always liked Spike -- thought he was wise and witty and the most open-minded of my parents' friends. My thoughts are with you. Fondly, Joan Axelrod-Contrada

Marsha Luhrs (Ross)

November 4, 2012

Dear Cousins Sis, David, Andy, Lilli and Scott,
I am so sad to hear of dear Spike's death. You have all been through so much these past couple of years. I will always remember his smiling face and his expressions of warmth and kindness to my family and me.