Ira H. Gordon
June 5, 1922 - March 2, 2015

Visitation Information

March 5 2015 - 12:30 pm
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood), Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Funeral Information

March 5 2015 - 2:00 pm
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood), Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Ira H. Gordon, a business man philanthropist and WW2 Veteran dies at Allegheny General Hospital on March 2, 2015.  He was 92.  Born in Cleveland, he moved to Pittsburgh in 1950 and was married to his loving wife of 65 years Nanette Lhormer Gordon who survives him. Mr. Gordon was born in the roaring 20s and his formative years were during the Great Depression. He developed an early love of aviation watching barnstormers perform at local fairs. He attended Miami of Ohio, but when war broke out - he enlisted and trained to be a pilot at Pensacola FL. He served with distinction as a Torpedo Bomber Pilot in the Pacific Campaign. In 1950 he started Swift Homes, one of the first pre-fab housing companies. It grew to National prominence. These homes of innovative design still dot the tri state area today. In 1982 he embarked on a second career starting General American Corp. He grew GAC to be a strong regional player in the mortgage servicing industry. After rapid expansion, in the year 2,000 he successfully sold GAC to a national Venture Capital Firm.  Not content with retirement, he continued to invest in startup companies and real estate until his dying day. Mr. Gordon served on the Board of Directors, and donated to many charitable organizations. These include but are not limited to: Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley School, City Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony, Carnegie Museum, and Rodef Shalom Congregation. With his wife Nanette, he loved to travel the world. These trips included travel with family, YPO and CEO. Mr. Gordon led early business trips to the USSR and China. For his 80th birthday - he took his entire family to Africa. Above all he was a family man. He is survived by his wife, Nanette Lhormer Gordon, his sons Scott (Ilana) Gordon, Peter (Robin) Gordon and his daughter Jill (David) Stein. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a niece, Karen Kessler. Services at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (At Morewood), Oakland on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 PM. Visitation at Temple one and one half hour prior to services (12:30 - 2 PM). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Jewish Federation Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. 


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