In 1982, my dad was awarded the Legacy Medal, an award given annually by the San Jose Hospital Foundation. How exciting to drive down the street in San Jose and see my dad smiling down at me. I like to think things haven’t changed all that much now.
Gordon F. Levy
1982 Legacy Medal Award winner
My dad never met a person who didn’t quickly become his friend. He loved to be around people and would often exclaim “let’s go where the PEOPLE are”. He’d find joy in visiting with his seat mate on an airplane and by the time he landed, he knew pretty much everything about them – their name, where they lived, why they were going wherever they were going and, often times, he’d even have their phone number. I think his great grandson has a bit of Gordy in him when he announced “strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet”. Ah, dear boy, your great grandfather would have loved to hear you say that!
Dad and his new friends
By looking at the tree in this photo, I’d guess he was in Monterey or Carmel or somewhere near there. Mom and Dad always went to the Bing Crosby golf tournament (now AT&T Pro-Am) in Pebble Beach every year so maybe this was during one of their excursions. Note the cameras hanging around his neck.
Looks like he’s checking his phone!
Dad was a devoted and faithful Rotarian. I remember the annual Father/Daughter luncheon where we’d get dressed up and go to the weekly Rotary meeting with Dad. What a thrill it was in 1966 when Dad was the President of the San Jose Rotary – we were the guests of honor! One of his proudest achievements in his life was his perfect attendance record for 51 years – if we were on vacation we always had to find a Rotary meeting so Dad wouldn’t miss a meeting. And it looks like he found one here!
Dad loved to have fun and was always game to try new things, even if it involved riding an elephant!
Note the camera around his neck
He didn’t give up the camera case, though!
What? Nothing around his neck?
Wonder if that shirt would be worth anything today?
Tinka and Buffy
They were together for over 60 years and married for 55!
Dad wasn’t just a great Dad but he was also a loving Grandpa and had a few years of being a Great Grandpa. All of us have so many “Gordyisms” which remind us of him constantly. He waited patiently for the big game to come on TV only to fall asleep once it started, his anxiety at getting to Fred Meyer when he’d come for a visit so he could get some tooth powder, his headphones during critical games so he always knew the score, his exclamation when his grandchildren would arrive at the door of “what are these KIDS doing here?”, to so many more which will forever be etched in our minds. And as the little ones grow older, even they know some of his best one liners. He sure would love to hear everyone mimic him.
“What are these KIDS doing here”
Nice curlers, girls
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. We all miss you and love you – well we do!