It is with great sadness, but very fond memories, that we say a final farewell to Joan who passed away just before Christmas at the remarkable age of 95.
She was an extraordinary lady whom many of our customers and staff came to know and love over the 25 years that she worked at Gordon’s. Before that she and her partner, Don, were regular customers since the 1950s.
Joan was first introduced to Gordon’s in 1942, on her 21st birthday, when a cheeky American GI tried to entice into what she feared to be a deep dark hole! She declined his advances and refused to go in. It wasn’t until 1952 that she entered the bar for the first time with her partner, Don. The two of them would visit the bar once or twice a week after work and continued to be a presence for more than 50 years. Joan had many great stories to tell of her life and episodes at the bar, some of which we have on record:
In those early days Gordon’s was opened only from Monday to Friday, served just 6 wines and closed by 9.00pm. In 1981 at the age of 60 Joan retired from the Post Office but was not ready to give up working. She persuaded Luis Gordon to let her work in the bar. She soon became a well-known figure within the bar and was much loved by all for her chat and warmth. Throughout the 25 years that she worked at Gordon’s she made many friends with a great number of people who visited and became very much a part of the bar.
Joan retired from Gordon’s in 2007 when she was an outstanding 85. We raise a glass to her and remember a truly amazing lady. May she rest in peace with Don.