Obituary of Norman Gordon
Norman Gordon of Glastonbury passed away peacefully on May 7, with family in attendance. He was born in 1932 in Brooklyn, New York , the son of Molly and Benjamin Gordon. Norman developed lifelong friendships easily, starting in his Brownsville neighborhood, through Brooklyn Technical High School and at Cooper Union where he earned a degree in Engineering. Upon graduation he was recruited to work at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. Norman’s career path took him into the financial real estate world as Vice President at Society for Savings in Hartford and then to the position he found especially meaningful, Vice President at Manchester Savings Bank where he felt he was able to make a positive difference in the life of the community.
Outside of his professional life, Norm enthusiastically participated in local politics as a staunch advocate for racial and religious equality, and enjoyed a passion for the outdoors, pursuing hiking, sailing, bicycling, and skiing. It was through the Mountain Laurel Ski Club that he met his third wife and love of his life, Marilyn Kratzenberg. Together they toured the world, skiing and biking, going on safaris and hiking tours, and visiting opera houses and ancient sites. Everywhere he went, Norm continued to cultivate lasting friendships. He was a great listener and was a mentor to many.
Norman leaves behind his sons Mitchell and Douglas Gordon; his grandchildren Wren and Benjamin Gordon; and his beloved wife Marilyn and her children Deborah and Eric Kratzenberg and grandchildren Ursula, Margot and Audra. He is loved and will be missed.
A memorial service will be held Friday May 20 at 2:00pm in the Meadow Hills Community Center, Hollister Way North, Glastonbury.
For online condolences please visit www.mulryanfh.com.