THORNDIKE — Alvah “Red” Gordon was called home to be with the Lord Sunday Nov. 28, 2021, at his home in Belfast.

Red (as he was always called because of his fiery red hair) was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Thorndike to Ruby Merry and George Gordon. He grew up quickly, and worked at the grain mill in Thorndike as a boy to support his father.

When he turned 18 he was drafted into the Army, and served in the Korean War. He met and married the love of his life, Gloria Jean Palmer, in 1962, and they were happily married for 52 years, until her sudden passing June 6, 2014.

Red’s favorite job was as the engineer of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. He retired after 18 years, but never lost his love of trains.

He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a kind human being. His smile was always there, even at the end.

He was 92.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria (Jeannie) Gordon, son Dale R. Gordon, parents and siblings.

He is survived by his daughters, Mary Armstrong-Bowden, and husband Doug Bowden, and Tina Gordon Hall and husband Larry Hall; and grandchildren Amanda Armstrong Hopkins, Dustin Armstrong and Brett Armstrong Jr. He had several great-grandchildren that he loved dearly, as well as nieces and nephews.

Red spent his last years at home with his daughter Tina. She and her sister Mary cared for him with much love and care. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Graveside services with military honors will be held in the spring at Smart Cemetery in Belfast.  Memories and condolences may be shared at