Chief Gordon, Newport News, Dead
Chief John B. Gordon, head of the Newport News, Va., Fire Department for the past ten years died in the Riverside Hospital at the age of fifty-four, after an illness lasting since early this summer.
He was with the Fire Department for thirty-three years. He was born in Henrico County, June 23, 1877. For the first three years of his residence in Newport News, he was employed at the plant of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.
On June 11, Chief Gordon was stricken ill with pneumonia and was confined to his home for a long period. Complications set in and it was decided that it would be far better if the Chief was removed to a hospital. While he was in the hospital, Assistant Chief Donnelly The Late Chief J. B. Gordon was named Acting Head of the Fire Department.
Chief Gordon was married twice. A daughter by his first marriage died recently. His second wife and two grandchildren survive him.
Out of respect to the late chief, a concert by the Municipal Firemen’s Band was cancelled.