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Gordon Charles Arnold

April 10, 1958 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 62)

Obituary

Gordon was born on April 10, 1958 at Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Edward Arnold Jr. and Pauline Ayre Arnold (nee. Mims). Gordon was the second eldest of six children, Salim (Edward Jr), Gordon, Michael, David, Glenn and Scott. The family lived in the Milgliore Manors projects where Gordon and his brothers spent many happy days playing in the courts and visiting aunts, uncles and cousins, 

Gordon was a strong-willed person, even as a child he was often referred to as “a handful and a half”.

As a child, Gordon and his family attended Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C in Elizabeth, NJ where he was active in the Sunday school and youth ministry. The Arnold family spent a lot of time in church. When they were not in church, Gordon loved to play chess with his father and brothers. Gordon also developed a love for music, especially R&B and jazz. Over the years he amassed an extensive vinyl and CD collection.

When Gordon began high school, his family moved to Roselle, NJ. Gordon attended and later graduated from Abraham Clark High School. It was there that Gordon and his brother David developed their love of computers, and they spent many hours building computers from scratch.

After he graduated from high school, Gordon attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Later, he enlisted in the United States Army. After boot camp, Gordon was stationed in Germany. In the Army, Gordon rose steadily and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.

When he left the military, Gordon returned to his hometown where he shared a two-family house with his mother. Gordon’s mother often spoke of happiness at having her son living so close to her. Not long after his honorable discharge from the Army, Gordon worked as an Engineer at Rutgers University-Newark. At the time of his death, Gordon had worked as an Engineer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Lyons, NJ for over 15 years.

Gordon enjoyed spending time in his later years in the company of close friends, including Billy Jett, Franklin Jenkins, Spencer Mitchell, Amin Zain, and Sabir Gallman.

In 2007, Gordon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Gordon passed away peacefully at his home in Elizabeth, NJ. He fought the cancer for 13 years before finally succumbing on June 12, 2020.

Gordon shall live on in the memories of those who loved him, including:

His partner and life-mate, Tonia L. Sparks, of Elizabeth, NJ.

His brothers, Salim Abdul Rashid Muhammad (Kimberly) of Georgia, Glenn Keith Arnold (Jeanette) of Orange, NJ, and Scott Kevin Arnold of NJ.

Pre-deceased by Edward Arnold, Jr., father; Pauline Ayre (Mims) Arnold, mother; and brothers, Michael Arnold and David Paul Arnold

Surviving Aunts and Uncles: William Mims, Jr. (Onetta), Ronald Arnold, Sr. (Joanna), Wilus Arnold, Delores Wortman, Peggy Brown (Ronald Arnold, Sr.), Judith Shabazz (Kenneth Arnold, deceased), and, Gayle Arnold (Kenneth Arnold, deceased)..

Nieces and nephews:  Azizah, Najah, Amir, Miyah, Pascalle, Animashaun, Jayna, Xavier, William, Isaiah and a host of cousins and friends.

Gordon was born on April 10, 1958 at Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Edward Arnold Jr. and Pauline Ayre Arnold (nee. Mims). Gordon was the second eldest of six children, Salim (Edward Jr), Gordon, Michael, David, Glenn and Scott. The family lived in the Milgliore Manors projects where Gordon and his brothers spent many happy days playing in the courts and visiting aunts, uncles and cousins, 

Gordon was a strong-willed person, even as a child he was often referred to as “a handful and a half”.

As a child, Gordon and his family attended Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C in Elizabeth, NJ where he was active in the Sunday school and youth ministry. The Arnold family spent a lot of time in church. When they were not in church, Gordon loved to play chess with his father and brothers. Gordon also developed a love for music, especially R&B and jazz. Over the years he amassed an extensive vinyl and CD collection.

When Gordon began high school, his family moved to Roselle, NJ. Gordon attended and later graduated from Abraham Clark High School. It was there that Gordon and his brother David developed their love of computers, and they spent many hours building computers from scratch.

After he graduated from high school, Gordon attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Later, he enlisted in the United States Army. After boot camp, Gordon was stationed in Germany. In the Army, Gordon rose steadily and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.

When he left the military, Gordon returned to his hometown where he shared a two-family house with his mother. Gordon’s mother often spoke of happiness at having her son living so close to her. Not long after his honorable discharge from the Army, Gordon worked as an Engineer at Rutgers University-Newark. At the time of his death, Gordon had worked as an Engineer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Lyons, NJ for over 15 years.

Gordon enjoyed spending time in his later years in the company of close friends, including Billy Jett, Franklin Jenkins, Spencer Mitchell, Amin Zain, and Sabir Gallman.

In 2007, Gordon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Gordon passed away peacefully at his home in Elizabeth, NJ. He fought the cancer for 13 years before finally succumbing on June 12, 2020.

Gordon shall live on in the memories of those who loved him, including:

His partner and life-mate, Tonia L. Sparks, of Elizabeth, NJ.

His brothers, Salim Abdul Rashid Muhammad (Kimberly) of Georgia, Glenn Keith Arnold (Jeanette) of Orange, NJ, and Scott Kevin Arnold of NJ.

Pre-deceased by Edward Arnold, Jr., father; Pauline Ayre (Mims) Arnold, mother; and brothers, Michael Arnold and David Paul Arnold

Surviving Aunts and Uncles: William Mims, Jr. (Onetta), Ronald Arnold, Sr. (Joanna), Wilus Arnold, Delores Wortman, Peggy Brown (Ronald Arnold, Sr.), Judith Shabazz (Kenneth Arnold, deceased), and, Gayle Arnold (Kenneth Arnold, deceased)..

Nieces and nephews:  Azizah, Najah, Amir, Miyah, Pascalle, Animashaun, Jayna, Xavier, William, and Isaiah and a host of cousins and friends.

Gordon was born on April 10, 1958 at Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Edward Arnold Jr. and Pauline Ayre Arnold (nee. Mims). Gordon was the second eldest of six children, Salim (Edward Jr), Gordon, Michael, David, Glenn and Scott. The family lived in the Milgliore Manors projects where Gordon and his brothers spent many happy days playing in the courts and visiting aunts, uncles and cousins, 

Gordon was a strong-willed person, even as a child he was often referred to as “a handful and a half”.

As a child, Gordon and his family attended Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C in Elizabeth, NJ where he was active in the Sunday school and youth ministry. The Arnold family spent a lot of time in church. When they were not in church, Gordon loved to play chess with his father and brothers. Gordon also developed a love for music, especially R&B and jazz. Over the years he amassed an extensive vinyl and CD collection.

When Gordon began high school, his family moved to Roselle, NJ. Gordon attended and later graduated from Abraham Clark High School. It was there that Gordon and his brother David developed their love of computers, and they spent many hours building computers from scratch.

After he graduated from high school, Gordon attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Later, he enlisted in the United States Army. After boot camp, Gordon was stationed in Germany. In the Army, Gordon rose steadily and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.

When he left the military, Gordon returned to his hometown where he shared a two-family house with his mother. Gordon’s mother often spoke of happiness at having her son living so close to her. Not long after his honorable discharge from the Army, Gordon worked as an Engineer at Rutgers University-Newark. At the time of his death, Gordon had worked as an Engineer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Lyons, NJ for over 15 years.

Gordon enjoyed spending time in his later years in the company of close friends, including Billy Jett, Franklin Jenkins, Spencer Mitchell, Amin Zain, and Sabir Gallman.

In 2007, Gordon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Gordon passed away peacefully at his home in Elizabeth, NJ. He fought the cancer for 13 years before finally succumbing on June 12, 2020.

Gordon shall live on in the memories of those who loved him, including:

His partner and life-mate, Tonia L. Sparks, of Elizabeth, NJ.

His brothers, Salim Abdul Rashid Muhammad (Kimberly) of Georgia, Glenn Keith Arnold (Jeanette) of Orange, NJ, and Scott Kevin Arnold of NJ.

Pre-deceased by Edward Arnold, Jr., father; Pauline Ayre (Mims) Arnold, mother; and brothers, Michael Arnold and David Paul Arnold

Surviving Aunts and Uncles: William Mims, Jr. (Onetta), Ronald Arnold, Sr. (Joanna), Wilus Arnold, Delores Wortman, Peggy Brown (Ronald Arnold, Sr.), Judith Shabazz (Kenneth Arnold, deceased), and, Gayle Arnold (Kenneth Arnold, deceased)..

Nieces and nephews:  Azizah, Najah, Amir, Miyah, Pascalle, Animashaun, Jayna, Xavier, William, Isaiah,  a host of cousins and friends.

Gordon spent many years fighting the horrible monster – cancer, He fought nobly and courageously. Now he is at rest.

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 14, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Smith Funeral Home
455 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Graveside Service
Friday
August 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Rosehill Cemetery
355 E Linden Ave
Linden, NJ 07036

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