Gordon K Ellis

November 28, 1926May 7, 2013

ELLIS, Gordon K.

86 of Wellesley, MA died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his home in Wellesley where he had lived for the past 55 years.

He was born in Cambridge, MA on November 28, 1926, son of Parker and Harriette Ellis. He was raised in Newton, MA and was a graduate of Middlesex in Concord, MA. After graduation he joined the Army as a Lieutenant and was stationed on Okinawa at the end of World War II.

Returning home, he graduated from Harvard University in 1950, majoring in Geography and playing for the Harvard baseball team. At the start of the Korean War he served a tour of duty for one year, again in the Army as a Lieutenant.

He began his professional career as a cartographer and in 1957 joined Ginn & Company, a textbook publishing company. He spent 32 years with Ginn in a variety of management positions, retiring in 1989.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Janet (Stewart) Ellis of Wellesley, MA; three sons, David A. Ellis and his wife Paula of West Newton, MA, Geoffrey S. Ellis and his wife Patricia of Dedham, MA, Andrew K. Ellis and his wife Susan of Falls Church, VA; one daughter, Susan (Ellis) Withington and her husband Mark of Plymouth, MA and; nine grandchildren, Laura, Meaghan, Spencer, Peter, Julia, Sam, Cam, Connor, and Hadley

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Wellesley on Tuesday, May 14th at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Camp O-AT-KA, “Fund for Camperships”, PO Box 239, Sebago, ME 04029 or The One Fund Boston, Inc. 800 Boylston St, #990009, Boston, MA 02199.

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Gae Jostyn

May 19, 2013

Although my father passed on when I was just 19, it's a tender time whenever our father has left our lives. Blessings to the Ellis family.

Erik O'Connor

May 17, 2013

Geoff, Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Kimberly and I send our deepest sympathies.

May 16, 2013

Dear Geoff- I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I remember fondly as my Little League coach. My heart and sympathies go out to you and your family.
Ken Broadbent - Bloomery, WV

Mary Jane Calhoun-Donelan

May 14, 2013

Dear Sue, Mark, Mrs. Ellis, and Family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers. May the best of angels lead your Dad into Paradise, though a cartographer who raised a daughter as kind and community serving as Sue, clearly already knows the way home. We are sincerely saddened by this change in your family's life.
With our love,
Mary Jane and Michael Donelan, and the Calhoun family, Plymouth

Sheila Grossman

May 14, 2013

Dear David, So sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time