WATERTOWN — R. Gordon McKee passed away Friday, July 10, 2020, in the comfort of his own home with his family around him, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the loving husband of Mary G. McKee for 69 years.
Gordon was born June 4, 1925, in Waterbury, the son of the late Rose Pickard and Alexander Colton McKee, I. He was a 1943 graduate of Crosby High school and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. He was a 1949 graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in accounting.
Being very ambitious as a young boy, Gordon delivered singing telegrams on his bike in high school. Later, he worked by day at Anchor Fasteners, a division of Buell Industries, while studying for his CPA exam at night. He received his CPA in 1957 and went on to work for Keeler and Long and Keeler Long PPG until his retirement in 1998.
He served as president of the Rotary Club in 1967-68 and received the Paul Harris Fellow award as well as serving on the Watertown Library Board of Directors, the Watertown Foundation and the Waterbury Hospital Board of Directors. He was also auditor for the town of Watertown.
Gordon met Mary and she was the love of his life for 69 years. They had five children together. He loved and cherished his family. He enjoyed packing them up in the Wild Cat convertible and taking road trips through the White Mountains in New Hampshire, summer vacations on Cape Cod, cruises to the Virgin Islands and mystery drives on Sunday evenings that wound up with an ice cream.
Gordon loved music, nature and working outside with his mother, Rose, on Sundays, turning his yard into a sanctuary, and later teaching his grandchildren how to swim in the backyard pool. He also enjoyed playing pool and going to lunch with his friends Franny Fitzpatrick, Leo Hamel, his father-in-law, Joe Grodis, and his brother-in-law, Bill Long.
Besides his wife, Mary, of Watertown, he leaves his son, Alexander Colton McKee, II, of Thomaston; four daughters, Mary Ellen McKee-Curtis of Beverly, Mass., Kim McKee-Catania and her husband, Steve, of Thomaston, Holly McGowan of Watertown and Robyn Mazzamaro and her husband, Tom, of Watertown; 11 grandchildren, Sean, Collin, Leah, Ryan, Colby, Megan, Micaela, Colton, Liza, Nicholas and Matthew, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Rosalie Anderson, John McKee and Barbara Butler.
Despite a long battle with Parkinson’s, Gordon lived well and endured hardships courageously. All who knew him recognized his strong virtues of integrity, perseverance, patience, kindness, generosity and love of family.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral services and burial are private. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, at the Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St. Social distancing and masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gordon’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163-4777.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.