Gordon R. Wilcox
Gordon Richard Wilcox’s spirit was reunited with his loving wife Catherine Ann, on May 13, 2021, at the age of 92. Gordon was born in Randolph, Vermont on January 7, 1929. He was a graduate of Williams Town High School and attended College in Rhode Island where he became a certified Refrigeration Technician.
Gordon married Catherine Richards on December 20, 1950, and they were devoted to each other for 67 years. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army between 1951-1956 and was stationed in Iceland. After Gordon was discharged, he returned to Vermont for the birth of his first child. Soon afterward Gordon took Ann and Bonnie and moved to Florida to work for Tropicana. While working for Tropicana, Gordon fell ill and decided to move back to Vermont where he started using his trade and took a job working for Seward’s Dairy in Rutland. Along with his full-time job at Seward’s Dairy he installed swimming pools on the side for Petit Pools in Rutland. Larry and Patty Petit were also neighbors and good friends! Hence, the idea to install a pool for his five children, which, brought them great joy and entertainment.
Gordon and his wife also started a small business to provide jobs and structure for their children; a Creemee truck that went by the name of Mr. Twister. Gordon then started as a traveling salesman around the state for Blodgett’s Supply, driving for a year, from Rutland to Burlington every day! He moved his family to Jericho in 1971.
He became a well-established refrigeration consultant for Blodgett’s Supply in Burlington for over 25 years. Gordon helped establish RSES: (Refrigeration Service Engineering Society) and received recognition for the 45 years of continuous membership in the society. Gordon really enjoyed all of service tech employees and faithful customers during his years at Blodgett’s.
Dad was a husband first and father second, but when it pleased both, we were all happy campers, no pun intended. He would make the campsite a home away from home!
You could count on Gordon to be honest, reliable and always teaching life’s valuable skills. He was punctual to an annoying persistence, always wanted to be at least thirty minutes early. He was the strength and pillar of our family and a very devoted man. His work ethic, no one could deny. His favorite game was Dominos, and he was fiercely competitive, both in Florida and with family and caregivers in Vermont! He had an endless sweet tooth! Pies, cake you name he loved it. He enjoyed birds and wildlife watching, and his neighbors too!
Gordon is survived by his children Deborah Jean Wilcox, Mary Magee (Bob) Patricia Fosse (Gary), Douglas Wilcox (Louise), 8 Grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, relatives, family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Catherine Ann; his daughter Bonita Ann, his one sibling, his brother Robert Irving Wilcox, and his best friend Art Jenson: who was the husband of his first cousin Isabel. Isabel was more like his sister. Gordon, Ann, Art and Isabel were the best of Chums.
According to Gordon’s wishes he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Catherine Ann, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont. Services will be private. To honor our dad, a celebration of his life is being planned and will be held this summer.
In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations to the McClure-Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446. We will be forever grateful for the exceptional care given to Gordon from the Veteran’s Administration, UVM Hospice and The McClure-Miller Respite House. There are so many caregivers that we would like to thank personally for all the time and care that was given to Gordon. We are forever in your debt. A special thanks goes to our longtime friend Laudell Slack for her generous and heartfelt devotion.