Howard M. Gordon, 79, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Worcester, died Nov. 10. He was the husband of Janet (Plotkin) Gordon. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Leo Z. and Mary (Shulman) Gordon. He was a graduate of Classical High School and earned a BA from Clark University. He founded Astro Cleaning Systems, Inc. in the early 1970s, providing commercial cleaning services. He was a longtime member of the former Temple Emanuel and was a past-president and “Man of the Year” of the Temple Brotherhood. He was a long-time member of Probus and Holden Towers Tennis Club. In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by three children, Jay Gordon (Bonnie) of Natick, Lisa Schneider of Dunedin, Fla., and Elana Gordon of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Mara Gordon of New York City and Hallie Gordon of Natick. He was predeceased by a brother, Bennett S. Gordon. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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