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“My condolences on the passing of Jean. I believe I remember her from the Utica Curling Club when I was a member there. I am the daughter of Dick and...Read More »
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Jean Dickerman Hurd Gordon, died suddenly of a heart attack on September 6, 2018. She was 84. Born in Utica, New York on June 6, 1934 she was the daughter of Kenneth Start Hurd and Jean Smith Hurd Laidlaw. She was predeceased by her brothers, Eric Start and Barton Crawford Hurd. Jean is survived by her sister, Dorothy Anne (D'Anne) Hurd and her husband George A. Forsythe and their sons, Eric and Douglas Forsythe. She was the devoted mother of, and is survived by her two children; Deborah Jean Gordon Widra; husband Gregory G Widra and sons Ian and James Widra, and by her son William Scott Gordon, wife Julie Ballard Gordon and their sons William and Thomas Gordon. She is also survived by her devoted friend and partner Larry Marionneaux and his children Rob and Susie who were especially instrumental in her care in her later years.
Growing up in New Hartford, New York, Jean (nicknamed Dickie by her family) was Vice President of the Senior class, Vice President of the Honor Society and captain of both the junior varsity and NHHS varsity cheerleading teams. She also played interscholastic field hockey and basketball. Jean was dance director of the Junior Show and Chairman of the Senior Ball where she was crowned Prom Queen. She was an acapella chorus soprano and continued her musical singing in Cleveland in an all female quartet.
She attended Wells College and in 1954 married Robert W. Gordon. After Bob's service in the Air Force, the couple settled in Shaker Heights, Ohio where they raised their two children and where Jean was a devoted caregiver to Bob's mother, Marie, for many years. Bob and Jean moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in 1986, where Jean became an active member of the Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer's Support Group. Bob died in 2005. Jean's business career included positions in the Development Departments of University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio and the Berkeley School in Tampa, Florida. Jean enjoyed cooking, tennis, and family gatherings at Morehouse Lake in the Adirondacks. Jean was a born caregiver. Her cheerful nature and patient disposition were reflected in her nickname, "Saint Jean." She will be missed by all.
A memorial service in Utica, New York is planned for a later date. Please access for updates. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer's Support Group, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd #709, Clearwater, Florida 33762 ( or the Aloha (camp) Foundation, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, Vermont 05045 (