An Extract from Gordon’s Eulogy, Sunday 23rd September 2012December 5, 2012
Gordon enjoyed his family, especially time spent with David and Alasdair. I recall when they were both very young, Gordon would have meetings or visits most evenings, but there were very few nights when he missed bathtime and he always managed to read bedtime stories to them. Those of you who remember Gordon’s talk on favourite books will recall the different voices he used. This was a common occurrence in our house. I often heard squeals of delight coming from the boys’ bedrooms as Gordon took on the guise of characters from Great Expectations, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, David Copperfield, Harry Potter and his favourite A Child’s Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson.
It was impossible for us not to be aware of Gordon’s work ethic. He instilled this in David and Alasdair, along with a deep sense of duty. He expected them to treat all people with respect and to show interest in others.
Gordon was a traditionalist at heart but was aware how important it is to embrace change when change is beneficial to the Glory of God. He came across as quite a serious man but he had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. Those who attended the annual visit to the Pantomime in Glasgow will recognise this side to Gordon.
He loved Maxwelltown West and you, his people. He always made himself available and took a great interest in your lives. He found it a privilege to be part of the important events of your lives. When we knew he only had a limited time left on this earth, his first thoughts were for his family, closely followed by his concern for this congregation. He hoped that you would continue to grow spiritually and to have closure so that you can look forward to a new chapter in the congregational life. He wasn’t a vain man, but he felt loved by you and appreciated that, after 28 years as your minister, looking forward wasn’t going to be easy. However I know his wish for you was to find a new minister who can help you continue to grow in your spiritual life.
David, Alasdair and I want to thank you for all the love and support you have shown us, not just since Gordon died but indeed for all the years we lived in the Manse. As some of you know we have moved house and are happy in our new home but we will never forget our time in the Manse nor the way you looked after us and gave us a wonderful home to live in.