Remembering Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon — a beloved 1987 graduate of Staples High School, and since 2017 the 2nd selectman of Weston — died Sunday morning. His family was at his side.

After moving to Westport in 1983, Brian starred on the Staples basketball team. He was co-captain his senior year — while also serving as president of his senior class.

Brian majored in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Once again, he was elected class president.

Brian Gordon

After graduating in 1991, Brian returned to his home town of Cincinnati to work in brand management at Procter & Gamble.

In 1994 he caught the entrepreneurial bug. Brian left the corporate world to co-found Beyond the Wall. The new media company provided access to hard-to-reach teen and college markets through iconic advertising, in the form of posters.

In 1999, BTW was acquired by Youthstream Media Networks.

The next year, Brian joined Markitecture as a partner. He worked with a variety of clients, developing and launching new products.

In 2005, Brian and 1986 Staples grad Patrick Moore started Soundview Research, a marketing consulting firm. Brian launched several new ventures including eBeanstalk, an e-commerce site providing developmental and learning toys.

Most recently, Brian helped launch EZ Massager, the next generation in topical pain relief.

In 2016, Brian was asked to run for 2nd selectman in Weston. A Democrat, he convinced Republican voters that he offered non-partisan, common sense solutions to town challenges. Brian firmly believed he could bring all constituents together for a common goal.

He was also active in Weston as a coach of his daughters’ basketball and soccer teams.

Last year in Weston, Brian Gordon (center), posed with his Penn classmate (and former Tennessee congressman) Harold Ford Jr. (right) and Brian’s former Staples High School basketball teammate Dave Sweedler.

Brian is survived by his wife Kristy, daughters Molly and Drew, sister Elizabeth of Rye, New York, and parents Ronald and Claire of Westport.

A memorial service for Brian will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, November 21, 12 noon) at Temple Israel in Westport.

4 responses to “Remembering Brian Gordon

  1. Janette Kinnally

    I was part of the 1987 class at Staples and want to say we are truly sorry for the loss of our classmate and friend to all of us after moving here in 1983.
    He brought people together and had a wonderful presence to him. I was on the girls basketball team and he was on the boys basketball team and he was all about camaraderie.
    Praying for his family during this difficult time. I cannot imagine how hard this must be for all of them to lose him to this terrible illness at the age of 49.
    God has another angel on the other side! And I believe Brian is watching over his parents, children and wife!!! RIP Brian! ♥️

  2. Brian and his beautiful family were the first friends we made when we moved to Westport 6 years ago. Brian’ sense of humor, his way of goofing around with the girls, his energy and his knowledge of the town made us instantly feel at home. His home in Westport and then Weston were always open to friends but he also wouldn’t shy away for a trip to a city to celebrate a birthday in Korea Town signing Karaoke with friends. Brian we will miss you – gone too soon.

  3. It’s been some time but what I remember about Brian is that he was a force of happiness. The family pain is unimaginable. With deepest sympathy.
    Kelly Hewitt McCabe (YouthStream).

  4. Brian was a real gentleman. After working together on a project we had a few coffees and drinks debating world issues, our multi-cultural families and life in general. He was smart, funny and passionate. My deepest condoléances to his wife and children.