Gordon Wade Newell – class of 1972

July, 2015 –

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Dear Faith Academy classmates and friends,


It is with great sadness that I bring the news that Gordon Newell passed away last Saturday, July 11, in Seattle.  Gordon had a brain aneurysm on Thursday (approximately), was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he suffered a massive heart attack.  Then his organs began failing and he passed away on Saturday.


I talked with his sister, Kathy, class of ’73, briefly on the phone this afternoon.  She wasn’t sure when Gordon’s daughter would be coming to Seattle from Edmonton, Canada to pack his belongings and take them and his body back to Edmonton.  Kathy isn’t sure if she is coming down to Seattle at all, herself.  My heart just goes out to them because they are so alone in this world…Mrs. Newell passed away in the early ‘70’s and I don’t know for sure if Mr Newell is still around.  But apparently, if he is, he’s too frail to come down to Seattle at this time.


I talked with Gordon one year ago right now when he called to tell me personally that he would not be attending the reunion that was in Newberg, OR last July 31 – August 3, 2014.  He just felt no longer connected to anyone at Faith.  No longer felt a part of that group.  In fact, he really had detachment issues ever since childhood, and felt attached to no one.  We talked for over one hour and I shed lots of tears.  I don’t know if he was crying or not.  All that to say, I REALLY wish Gordon and Kathy’s Faith Academy and Wycliffe family could come around them at this time and show them HOW MUCH they all meant to us and how endeared they were to our community in the Philippines.


I have access to a large home in Edmonds, WA where I could host a Gordon Newell Memorial weekend in three short weeks—July 31 – August 2.  Is there any chance that any of you could come and hang out with Kathy and hopefully, Gordon’s daughter, and show them love and pay your respects to Gordon?  Your main expense would be your flight.  Then possibly I could get a couple of you to help me with food expense.  I could arrange to pick anyone up at SeaTac airport and provide all transportation.  Please let me know what you think ASAP.


With love and deep caring,



Helen Eyestone Peterson