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Family, friends, colleagues pay final respects to veteran photojournalist Herbie Gordon

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen greets Susan Gordon, wife of the late Herbie Gordon, during yesterday's funeral for the late Alpheus Aloysius Herbie Gordon at the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church on Hope Road in St Andrew.

The late veteran photojournalist Alpheus Gordon, better known as 'Herbie', whose relatives say did not cease to put a smile on their faces, or utter words of encouragement, was laid to rest yesterday at Dovecot Memorial Park.

Gordon was 78 years old.

At his thanksgiving service held at Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church yesterday, his brother, Rupert Gordon, highlighted that Herbie always knew how to crack a good joke. His daughter Suzanne described him as kind, and as a person who didn't fear death.

Herbie attended Kingston Senior High School, where he was an active member of that school's photography club.

It was at that stage that his interest and skills in photography began to bloom.

As recalled by his good friend Winston Malcolm, who delivered the eulogy, "Where many of us associated cellars with chickens and eggs, Herbie created his own dark room under his aunt's cellar in Trench Town. (A dark room is a place for developing photographs.)

"He joined the staff at The Gleaner Company in 1961, where former editor-in- chief, Theodore Sealy, was a motivational force in his life as a young man. Sealy's mantra was 'always do your best first'. In 1969, he stepped out on his own. He started his own photographic service and carved out a niche for himself, particularly in the field of advertising and public relations. He successfully completed several assignments for several well-established companies in Jamaica," Malcolm said.

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