Goodbye to a Friend

William "Bill" Gordon passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sept 11, 2013. File photo courtesy PVA.

PVA bids a sad farewell to one of their own

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) announced that on September 11, 2013, PVA National Office employee William “Bill” Gordon suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.

As PVA’s graphic designer for more than eight years, Mr. Gordon used his artistic talents creating logo designs for the sports and recreation programs, annual reports, posters and programs supporting various PVA events and countless other projects with a unique flare and vision all his own.

Mr. Gordon grew up in Denton, North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University (ECU). He worked as an usher at many venues throughout Washington, DC, and met his wife Barbara, 25 years ago while ushering at the Cirque du Soleil. 

They continued to work the venue every time Cirque du Soleil was in Washington, DC. Together, they also ushered at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium, theaters, concerts and events throughout the city.

Mr. Gordon loved college sports and followed his ECU Pirates through good times and bad, traveling as often as possible to home games.  He enjoyed running and competed in several 10k races, as well as the prestigious Marine Corps Marathon, Boston Marathon and New York Marathon.

In concert with his wife, Mr. Gordon had designs selected for many street art exhibitions, including half a dozen in the DC Metro region as well as in several other states in the East and Southeast.

He also collected Hard Rock Cafe pins and had one of his designs chosen for the collection.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of our own PVA family members,” says Homer Townsend, PVA executive director. “He will be greatly missed.” 


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