Roger W. Gordon (74), of Howell, passed away on Friday, May 25, after a 2 year battle with
brain cancer. Roger was a wonderful person who would do anything for his family and friends,and always put others before himself. Roger was loved and adored by everyone who was fortunate enough to meet him, and enhanced the lives of everyone around him. He leaves behind his wife and soulmate Kathleen, who he loved more than anything. He also leaves behind his step-son Glenn, daughter-in-law Celi, and his grandchildren Connor, Lukas and Laura. Roger was predeceased by his only biological son, Michael, who he is now reunited with forever in Heaven.
Roger’s success in business allowed him to enjoy his passion for boating and eating at the finest restaurants. He spent his nights and weekends boating throughout the Jersey Shore with family and friends, and welcomed all fellow party animals aboard. Roger’s house in Brick was the place to be on the weekends, and he enjoyed greatly the companionship of his friends. He left his party life in Brick for a more peaceful one in Howell, where he made new friends, who along with his closest companions, stuck by and supported him until the end.
Professionally, Roger founded the business Century Carpet in 1967, as a union labor shop in Lakewood. He recognized the vast market potential in NJ, and believed that through a superior level of quality in workmanship and customer service, that success would follow. Through tireless work and Roger’s commitment to his business, Century Carpet flourished and became one of the premier carpet dealers and installers in the Tri-State Area -- servicing major corporations such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, The Prudential, Merck, the NBA, among many others. After a buyout of the business occurred, Roger chose to stay and work until the end, to support that which he had created and always saw as his own. Roger worked until the day that he was incapacitated by his cancer. Roger’s extreme discipline, and unique ability to balance his professional and personal life is a trait to be envied. This, in addition to his innocent, caring, and generous nature will be his legacy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna, in Farmingdale, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10 am. There will be no viewing, as it was Roger’s wish that those who wished to pay their final respects to him do so in person, while he was alive. There will,however, be a private celebration of Roger’s life hosted at a later date. He appreciated greatly all those who spent time with him throughout his struggle, who visited even for the shortest time to comfort him and share stories. His wife, family and friends will miss him dearly, but take comfort in knowing that his struggle is over and that he is at peace. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com