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Ted Gordon

Former Aspen restaurant owner Ted Gordon died Dec. 1 in Leesburg, Fla.

Longtime Aspen local Ted Gordon, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla.

Gordon was born in New York City on Jan. 2, 1924, to Charles and Lillian Gordon. As a young man, he was a professional boxer, training and sparring with former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he lived in various locations throughout the United States before settling in Aspen in 1956, where he worked as a bartender at the Red Onion and Hotel Jerome. He also owned three restaurants in Aspen: The Blue Moose, Teddy’s Rendezvous and Theodore’s. After leaving the Roaring Fork Valley in the late ’60s, he put down roots in Fort Myers, Fla., with his wife, Janet, where they raised their two children.

In Fort Myers, Gordon was involved in the community, teaching youth boxing programs and organizing a bike race series in Cape Coral. An avid exerciser for his entire life, he enjoyed tennis, lifting weights, running, skiing and bike riding.

Gordon moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1988, settling in Basalt. Over the next five years, he worked at the Grand Champions Club (now the Maroon Creek Club) as a bartender and boxing instructor. In 1995 he returned to Florida, settling first in Fort Myers and finally living the last 18 months of his life in The Villages, a retirement community north of Orlando. Gordon is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter Ellyn Laskey and son-in-law Mitchel Laskey; son Phillip Gordon; son Anthony Gordon and daughter-in-law Melissa Gordon; son Blake Curton; son Mark Gordon and daughter-in-law Corrie Gordon; daughter Annie McMurray and son-in-law Mike McMurray. Gordon is also survived by 13 grandchildren. A memorial service is to be planned for 2005 on the top of Aspen Mountain.