Gordon was a draper who became known as a peacemaker during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. He was the father of Marie Wilson, who was killed in the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing by the Provisional IRA.
A man of great Christian faith (he attended Enniskillen Methodist Church and studied at Wesley College, Dublin), Gordon came to national and international prominence with an emotional television interview he gave to the BBC the same evening in which he described his last conversation with his daughter, a nurse, as they both lay buried in rubble. He expressed forgiveness to his daughter’s killers and pleaded with Loyalists not to take revenge for her death. Although a resident of Northern Ireland, he was invited to become a member of Seanad Eireann in 1993, on the nomination of the then-Taoiseach.
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