Mr. James Vincent Gordon, 93, a man of service to others, died February 10, 2012. Gordon was born August 27, 1918 in Watertown, NY, the son of Maria and Michael Gordon.  
James Vincent Gordon Marine MP
Gordon was a corporal in the Fourth Marine Corps Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II, during which time he was twice decorated with a Purple Heart. After returning from the service, he established Bell Tire and Battery Service Inc. and Bell NuTread in Kenmore and Buffalo, New York.  Gordon was a Rotarian and served as president of the Kenmore Merchants Association. In retirement he moved to Leesburg, Florida where he founded and served three times as commandant of the North Lake Detachment Marine Corps League. He established Toys for Tots in Leesburg and was active in the detachment’s honor and color guards.
James Vincent Gordon, Marine Corps League
He did charitable work for special needs children, prison populations, and veterans in need. Gordon was honored numerous times during his life for his humanitarianism, including being the recipient of Florida’s Devil Dog Service Award. In 2004 he moved to Graham, North Carolina to be near his daughter where he founded the Lance Corporal Alan D. Lam Detachment of the Marine Corps League and served as its first commandant. Gordon established Toys for Tots in Alamance County. An avid sportsman and golfer, he twice made a hole in one, once in his late eighties. What Gordon will be remembered for most, however, is his leadership and altruism that bettered the lives of countless people.

Gordon is survived by his first wife, Lee Gordon, and their children, James Brian Gordon and Barbara Lynn Gordon, as well as by his brother, Michael Gordon, and sister, Sylvia Gordon. Gordon is preceded in death by his second wife, Bette Guarino, his sister Constance Jones, and his brothers Pasquale, Leonard, and Anthony Gordon.

Memorials can be made to MCL, Alan D. Lam Detachment, PO Box 727, Graham, NC 27253, http://marinecorpsleague1209.org and to MLC, North Lake Detachment, PO Box 493541, Leesburg, Fl 34749. A memorial service will be held, Saturday, March 10th, 10 AM, at the Integrity Church, 2420 Corporation Parkway, Burlington, NC.