| December/January 1999

LAWRENCE SAMUEL GORDON ('Flash'), was born February 7, 1923, died November 16, 1998, at age 75.

He was the son of the late Hubert Oliver and Ressie Lee Wilinger Gordon, one of four children. He is survived by one brother and one sister, both of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Gordon, with whom he had four children and seven grandchildren.

Flash served in the U.S. Army from 1942-December 20, 1945. He served almost four years dragging Uncle Sam's artillery all over Europe.

His first year out of the service was spent working at odd jobs. He then went to work for Virginia Department of Transportation. He lived in Stanton for several years, then transferred to Front Royal. He spent much of his career working on equipment in the state-owned quarries, which were staffed with prison labor. When this practice was discontinued, he finished out his employment in Front Royal.

I first came to know Flash in the early 1980s. Les Good was Club president then, and Flash spent most of his spare time with Les in the service of Shenandoah Valley Steam & Gas Engine Association. He was most happy when working behind the scenes. Thoroughly versed in the workings of old equipment, he would share his knowledge when asked. He never appeared to be a 'know-it-all,' though he usually had the answer.

Flash was the unofficial greeter for the club. Many times I saw him welcome visitors and engage them in conversation. This would inevitably lead to an invitation to join us.