Edward A. Gordon, shodan, died on April 17, 1999.
Dear Mr. Mattson,
I regret to inform you of the passing of Edward A. Gordon on April 17, 1999. He along with my father, Phil Christie, were students of Mattson Academy in the 1970’s. At his memorial service, there was a dedicated collage of Uechi-ryu pictures. I had forgotten how much your school and Uechi-ryu had meant to both Ed and my father. Ed’s daughter spoke of how proud he was to have attained the rank of Shodan. It was a very important aspect of his life. He had returned to Uechi in the early 80’s, at my father’s encouragement, at Buzz Durkin’s dojo. Unfortunately at that time, Ed would begin a very long and difficult fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. He fought courageously until the end. He died at home peacefully. I wanted you to know that you had a tremendous impact on Mr. Gordon and my father. Phil occasionally manages to get up to Buzz’s school for a workout. Not bad for a guy who’s 71. I, myself have been a student with Buzz for the last 8 years. We consider ourselves very
fortunate to have such a wonderful Sensei.I will try to locate a picture of Ed for your memorial site. I think it would mean a lot to him and his family to have a place there.
Thank you for your time,
Ana (Christie) McGettrick