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It is with profound sorrow, the family announced the passing of Gordon Allen Engel, z”l, on May 30, 2021.

Born Oct. 30, 1924, as the only child to Jack and Irene Engel, he enjoyed a happy childhood in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Gordon married Shirley Weinberg, the love of his life, in 1957; moved with their new daughter in 1959 to Keystone Point, North Miami, Florida; and welcomed another daughter in 1962. A trained pharmacist, he eventually worked for Endo Laboratories (Dupont) as a well-respected, pharmaceutical sales representative. Gordon believed in integrity, civic duty, social justice, open-mindedness toward others, respect for the environment, and so much more. He contributed to the local homeowners’ association; supported local and national political causes; became an avid, successful gardener; and made sure his family upheld Jewish tradition and ethics as members of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. He instilled within his children a love of dogs and of the creative arts.

Gordon and Shirley eventually moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where they spent many happy years together and later relocated to Orlando, Florida, to live closer to family.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Shirley Engel; daughters, Beverly Engel and Dr. Stacy Engel; son-in-law, Rabbi Steven Engel; grandchildren — Zachary, Ilana, Jory, and Gemma; and great-granddaughter, Margalit.

Contributions can be made to any of the following: CRJ Feed the Homeless Fund, CRJ Social Action Fund (www.crjorlando.org); World Wildlife Fund (https://support.worldwildlife.org/donate)

Graveside services were held at Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery, 9200 Morton Jones Road, Gotha, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, with Rabbi Steven Engel and Cantor Bryce Megdal officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810, 407-599-1180, http://www.bethshalommemorialchapel.com.


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