This website is a memorial to our loved one, Seivewright "Gordon" Mortley.

We appreciate your support.


In lieu of flowers please consider making a tribute donation in Gordon's memory to the American Heart Association. Gordon Mortley's American Heart Association tribute website .


We gathered Sat. - Mon. 26-28 Jan 2019 in Brooklyn to remember and honor him.

  • First Family Viewing, Sat. 3:00 p.m.
    Frank R Bell Funeral Home, 536 Sterling Place, Brooklyn NY 11238, 718.399.2500,
  • Family Gathering, Sat. 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.
    Informal post-dinner gathering. NU Hotel lobby bar & lounge, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, 718.852.8585, 
  • Viewing, Sun. 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Union United Methodist Church, 121 New York Ave (between Bergen and Dean streets), Brooklyn NY 11225
  • Service, Sun. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Union United Methodist Church
  • Repast, Sun. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11429, 718.468.6400
  • Burial, Mon. 9:00 a.m.
    Met 9:00 a.m. at Union United Methodist Church; proceeded at 9:30 a.m. to burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, New York 11415
Posted by Rick Cagle on January 27, 2019
Gordon's charm, wit, and warmth shone from the moment I met him. The love and commitment the family shared reflected his personality - they are a living tribute. I celebrate a life that was truly well-lived - rest in peace, my friend.

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Posted by Rick Cagle on January 27, 2019
Gordon's charm, wit, and warmth shone from the moment I met him. The love and commitment the family shared reflected his personality - they are a living tribute. I celebrate a life that was truly well-lived - rest in peace, my friend.
his Life


Seivewright “Gordon” Mortley, was born on January 19, 1934 in Uitvlugt, Guyana to Dulcie Mortley and Winslow Shervington, both deceased. He was the only child for his mother Dulcie but was blessed with an older brother George (deceased) with whom he was extremely close, a younger brother Chris and sisters Connie, Wilma, Dawn and Andra Mae. After his mother’s death in his teens, Gordon, fondly called Shervo, was raised under the loving guidance of his aunts and his most beloved Auntie Thel, the mother of his younger siblings.

In 1956, Gordon moved to London, England, and a mere year later, sent for the love of his life, Joy Kendall of “GT”, to whom he uttered his last words in this world. They were always together; since marriage, their moments apart could be counted on one hand. Gordon and Joy started their family in England giving birth to Diane and Julie and then responding to a patriotic call, the Mortleys moved to Guyana in 1966.

Contributing to the growth of the newly independent Guyana, Gordon worked in the Ministry of Health and Housing and the Guyana Water Authority. Ever looking out for the best for their family, the Mortleys moved to the United States permanently in 1978 to pursue higher education opportunities for their daughters. Gordon became a counselor for the city of New York in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Mental Health Center where he discovered a latent talent for learning about medications. Gordon meticulously supervised that “home” and guided the residents entrusted to him until he retired in 2003.

Gordon lived a rich life spanning decades, continents and generations. It was filled with an unerring commitment to family togetherness, kindness to those less fortunate and an unflagging belief in God. He was unquestionably devoted for over 61 years to his wife Joy. He was a beacon of love to his daughters Diane and Julie, son-in-law Karl and grandson Noah, an advisor to his siblings, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Ever the socialite and comedian, Gordon will be sorely missed by many and gladly welcomed by his Savior and those who have passed before him.

God Speed, cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend. We will love you always!

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Shared by Aneacia Cummings on January 28, 2019

I remember your friendly phone calls and your genuine interest when asking me how I have been and what I've been up too. I picture you resting easy with my papa today, listening to music and having good laughs! 

Rest in Peace Uncle Gordon

Shared by Gregory Cummings on January 26, 2019

A devoted family man that always had encouraging and positive words for all that he met. A man with an infectious smile that loved to laugh and share a good joke or two. There was never a dull moment with Uncle Gordon in the room. Uncle Gordon will always be remembered for his many stories he would share. He particularly enjoyed regaling in walks down memory lane reminding the younger generation that regardless of what obstacles he faced he was able to triumph and so could they by keeping family in their hearts.

I remember visiting my Uncle in New York as a young boy. On a particular visit I took my new football to play in front of the house and was devastated I lost it on the roof  of PS 161 while playing. I remember my Uncle Gordon giving me a hug and a smile while letting me know that everything would be alright. Years later I was able to witness his compassion and true empathy as he gave comfort to other family members. My Uncles kindness made others want to be better.

Seeing the 718 area code on the phone display will ALWAYS have me saying,"HELLOOOOOOOOO CANADA" as he cheerfully did when he called to speak to my father over the years. I will never look at another "ACE" in a tennis match without thinking of him.

His strong love towards his family will always be treasured.

May God bless and comfort you. Rest in Paradise Uncle Gordon

Shared by Wilma Dublin on January 25, 2019

Gordon always stayed in contact. Our conversations and his cards on special occasions reflected the importance he attached to maintaining contacts with individual family members. In his interactions, he emphasized the need to be positive in our outlook on life and, in this context, he encouraged us to show love, provide guidance, and support to younger family members as they pursue their career aspirations. In facing his health challenges, he demonstrated patience and hope and was cooperative in following the guidance of his care givers.

These words on the Mortley chair cushion illustrate a major part of Gordon’s life philosophy.                             

May his soul rest in peace.

Wilma, Keith and family.