Gordy is a lifelong resident of Maple Ridge. His parents moved here in the 1940s and he grew up watching his father manage the Buckerfield’s Feed and Seed store and his mom carry out her duties as a registered nurse. When he was 15 the local carnival came to town and when it left, Gordy went with it. His career in the carnival business took him to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 starting a lifelong love of this global event.
Gordy got his green card, and began to work his way up the management group finding himself in San Antonio, Texas for the World’s Fair where he took over a failing ‘Wild West Saloon’ called the Golden Garter. He not only turned it around, but the owners handed the venture over to him where he expanded it and finally sold it to return home to Maple Ridge.