Gordon E. Caldwell

Passed away on March 08, 2016
Gordon E. Caldwell, 95, of Hyannis, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at The McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, MA. Gordon was born on August 31,1920 in Brockton son of the late Alton and Miriam C. (Baker) Caldwell. He was the loving husband of Lois E. (Davis) Caldwell.Gordon attended Brockton Schools, graduating from Brockton High in 1938. Was active in athletics and band where he was Drum Major in the Brockton High Marching Band, worked as freelance photographer for several Boston newspapers before entering the service in 1942 in the Army Air Corps. Took basic training and entered advanced photographic courses in aerial photography prior to shipping overseas to the South Pacific Center of Operations where he was assigned to the 91st Photographic Recon, B-25 Squadron, 5th Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and served in New Guinea, Biak; Leyte, Mindoro and Luzon in the Philippines, Okinawa and IE Shema before returning to US and receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He received Good Conduct, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with four campaign bronze battle stars, Philippine Liberation Campaign with a bronze battle star and the World War II Victory Medal. He also received the Marksman and Aviation Badges. After working as a professional photographer during the construction of the Brockton Veterans Hospital, he worked at the Brockton Enterprise as a news photographer and in 1955 moved to the Cape where he was employed on the staff of the Cape Cod Standard-Times. He retired in September of 1994 as chief photographer at the Times after 39 1/2 years of employment. He was assigned to cover many of the arrivals and departures of President Kennedy at Hyannisport and his activities while on the Cape and most of his press conferences while he was in Hyannisport. As part of his work he flew in small aircraft taking aerial views of Cape Cod and the Islands and also flew in Air Force jets from Otis Air Force Base as well as helicopters and other aircraft from the Coast Guard facility there.Gordon's memberships included:Life member and Past Commander of the Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron, with 33 merit marks for outstanding contributions to its membership. Senior member of the Hyannis Yacht Club and served terms on the membership and sailing committees at Hyannis Yacht Club, where he had been a member for more than 50 years and was a member of the Dunbar Point Trust, Member of the National Maritime Historical Society. Member of Howard Lodge AF and AM of South Yarmouth where on April 10, 2008 he received his 50 year medal, and of Orient Chapter, Centerville, where he was awarded his 50 year jewel on February 19, 2009. Member of US Lifesaving Service Heritage Association, Life member of the National Photographers Association and the Boston Press Photographers Association. While residing in Osterville he was a member of the Centerville-Osterville Volunteer Fire Department and upon moving to Hyannis in 1971 served for more than 12 years as a call firefighter on the Hyannis Fire Department. Member of the Barnstable Senior Center. He loved boating, the sea and was a maritime historian. He was also a member of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.Surviving are his wife of 44 years Lois E. (Davis) Caldwell, two cousins, Barbara Randall and Beverly Hanson, both of North Easton, daughter Elaine Eaton and her husband Ted of Centerville, son Glenn Davis and his wife Kristin of Marstons Mills, four grandchildren, Matthew Davis and his wife Susanne, Sara Lovelette and her husband Marshall, Kristopher Davis, and Joshua Eaton and his wife Christine. Seven great-grandchildren, Julia, Matilda, Anna-lisa Davis, Anna and Camille Lovelette, Zoe and Phoebe Eaton.Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation Monday, March 14, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home 160 W. Main St. Hyannis, MA 02601. A Funeral Service will take place 1pm Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Osterville United Methodist Church 57 Pond St. Osterville, MA 02655. Burial services will be private.The family would like to express their thanks to the Hyannis Rescue Squadron, The Cape Cod ER and Hospital, Dr. Michael Mecley, Cardiovascular Consultants of Cape Cod and the staff at The McCarthy Care Center for taking care of Gordon.In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Gordon's name to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum 135 South St. Hyannis, MA 026001 or McCarthy Care Center Hope Hospice 765 Attucks Lane Hyannis, MA 02601.