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"A Leaf  Well Lived"

by Stephanie Alexander & John-Michael Jalonen


Gordon Leaf is an 87-year-old retired Air Force pilot currently living at Mennowood Retirement Community in Newport News, Virginia. Born in 1927, Gordon was raised in both Detroit and England due to his father’s job with Ford. He joined the British military at just 15 years of age, and served in various military forces until his retirement from the United States Air Force. In "A Leaf Well Lived," Gordon shares stories from his childhood, opens up about his daily life at Mennowood Retirement Community, and describes the life and loss of his late wife, Mary.