Francis Gordon Syrett, faithful servant of God and loving family man, joined all the Saints in
Heaven on April 12, 2020. Born on December 4, 1929, he was Baptized into the Body of
Christ as a Child of God on April 20, 1930. Papo was 90 years old.
Gordon was born to the late William and Madeline Syrett in Charleston, South Carolina. He
graduated from Murray Vocational School and later married Marie Louise Wessel on
December 24, 1950, enjoying 69 years of marriage. He served in the US Army during the
Korean War, returned to Charleston, and was employed by the South Carolina Highway
Department. He retired July 1982 after 34 years of service as Resident Bridge Maintenance
Engineer, Supervisor Special Bridge Maintenance Crew.
Gordon lived a full and blessed life, always active, never hurried, patient, and with good
humor. He devoted his life to loving and serving his God, country, and family. A faithful
member of Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, he supported numerous ministries
through volunteering and offering his many gifts and talent. A lifelong lover of animals, he
and Marie bred and showed Pembroke Welsh Corgis, finishing five champions, and was
1 st Vice President of the Charleston Kennel Club. In retirement, they enjoyed over 30 years of
camping and caravanning as members and Past President of the South Carolina Coastal Unit
WBCCI Airstream Club. He was recognized many times by the South Carolina State
Employees Association for his dedication and distinguished service on behalf of his fellow
retirees. His love and gentle spirit was an inspiration and role model to all.
He is survived by his wife Marie and children Deborah Marie Syrett and Virginia Syrett
Martin (Mark); four grandchildren, Gordon Lee Martin, Norman Bradley Syrett Fine (Amy),
Amanda Martin Jones (Stephen), Benjamin Thomas Fine; two great-grandsons, Preston
Bradley Fine and Theodore Taylor Jones; sister Mary Kern, and many nieces, nephews, and
An opportunity to Celebrate Gordon’s life with family and friends will be announced at a
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gordon’s memory and love of music may be sent
to Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3075 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, South
Carolina 29407 for the restoration of “Sarah”, an 1868 Steinway Grand Piano.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at https://www.palmettocs.com.