Norfolk —Tavia F. Gordon of Norfolk, Va. died at age 86 on Friday, October 30, 2015.
He was born of February 13, 1929 in Norfolk. He was the third of five children of Mollie and Isaac Gordon of blessed memory.
Tavia co-founded Gordon Paper Company along with his brother Daniel. He is also survived by his brother Allen Gordon, son Steven Gordon and his wife Randi and three grandchildren, Eliana, Evan, and Marah Gordon. He also had two sisters of blessed memory, Sara Rita Schutz and Edith Lindsey. Tavia was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Freda Gordon of blessed memory.
Tavia was a passionate Jewish philanthropist. He was a past president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, a former Israel Bond Campaign Chairman, and a trustee of Congregation Beth El. Along with his family he was a lifelong supporter of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. He was instrumental in the formation of the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater.
Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth El Temple. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.
The family requests contributions to the Tavia and Freda Memorial Fund at congregation Beth El or to the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater.