November 22, 1929 - October 29, 2015
Gordon Schiffman died somewhat unexpectedly on October 29, 2015. Born November 22, 1929, Gordon lived in many cities as a child, and boasted of having attended twelve schools in twelve years. He ended up graduating from Bexley High School. He then attended Ohio State University, where he met Felice Prosk, the woman who would become the greatest love of his life. After a stint in the Army, where he taught English to officer’s candidates at Fort Bliss, he returned to Columbus and married Felice. Gordon was a man of profound passion. He was a devoted husband, father, friend and entrepreneur. His love for Felice and his two sons, Bill and Andy, had no boundaries. His Countless friends knew him as a man of honor, trustworthiness, and integrity. Aside from family and friends, he was most involved as a business owner for over fifty years. As President of White’s Furniture, a company started by his father, Gordon became recognized as one of the most creative and successful leaders in the industry. He opened the first Drexel and Thomasville stores in the country, and was a pioneer in the separation of sleep products from home furnishings offerings. The design and layouts of his stores were ground-breaking, and influenced many retailers around the United States. He was President of the National Home Furnishings Association. He also served in many other leadership positions within the industry. Gordon was a mentor to his employees, several of whom became quite successful in other endeavors. Gordon had many other passions as well. He was heavily involved within the Columbus charitable community, and served on many boards. He also had an undying love for anything related to Ohio State Football. A season ticket holder for over six decades, he attended almost every home game until health issues limited his ability to do so. Gordon’s infectious personality never met a stranger. Even if he forgot someone’s name, he extended a warm welcome. His charismatic personality, smile, and sense of humor infused many a room. Gordon had a great ability to have a positive effect on those around him, and will be missed by all who knew him. Preceded in death by his wife, Felice, his parents, Harold and Mickey, and his sister, Barbara. Gordon is survived by his sons, Bill (Lynne Aronson) and Andy, as well as his niece, Kathy Stone. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, November 2 at TEMPLE ISRAEL, 5419 E. Broad St. Burial thereafter will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St., where Gordon and Felice will finally be re-united. In lieu of traditional Shiva, a celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at New Albany Country Club on Tuesday, November 3 from 5:30PM until 7:30PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation in Gordon’s honor to the charity of your choice.
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