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Former Hillsboro mayor Gordon Faber dies

Gordon Faber, who served as mayor of Hillsboro from 1993 to 2001, passed away at his Hillsboro home Aug. 18.

Faber, 83, had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had been under hospice care at his residence.

In addition to his time as mayor, Faber served on the Hillsboro City Council for 10 years and was president of the Hillsboro Rotary Club in 1984-85.

B.J. Jeddloh-Faber, Faber’s wife of 23 years, said the city has lost a staunch supporter.

“He was a true gentleman, and he was committed to Hillsboro,” she said. “I don’t think anybody ever loved Hillsboro as much as he did.”

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey said Faber had been a mentor to him.

“Mayor Faber appointed me to the city council in 1992 and, subsequently, to chair the finance and budget committees,” said Willey.

Faber also appointed Willey to serve on the Washington County Cooperative Library Services Board and the Hillsboro Library Board.

“Gordon was known for his candor and sense of humor on the council,” Willey said. “I believe he still holds the record for the shortest council meeting, at about seven minutes. Gordon was also my client in my CPA work. I worked with him and B.J., plus her parents for years. They were always very enjoyable and forthright. Gordon and B.J. are just plain good people, the kind of hometown folks that make a city a real community.”

Jeff Nelson, owner of Le’Stuff Antiques and the current president of the Hillsboro Rotary Club, said he knew Faber for about 15 years.

“He was always such an outgoing, fun-loving guy,” Nelson said. “He loved to tell stories and was super-friendly and a very caring kind of guy. He was all about helping others, which is Rotary’s mission — ‘Service above self.’ And that’s how he led his life.”

“I knew him through Rotary and found him to be a good guy,” added Rotary member Harvey Berkey, who lives in Rock Creek. “I used to sit at his table during Rotary meetings. He was always friendly and joking. He could take it as well as give it out.”

In 2001, Faber was honored by having the 90-acre recreation complex in north Hillsboro, which includes the 7,000-seat Hillsboro Stadium, named after him. The facility hosts softball, soccer, football, baseball (now including the Hillsboro Hops) and lacrosse games, as well as being the venue for a variety of special community events.

“He was incredibly proud of that, not because his name was on it but because of what the stadium brought to Hillsboro,” B.J. said.

Nelson said the recognition was well-deserved.

“He did a lot of forward-thinking and planning for Hillsboro’s future, with Intel and parks and recreation,” Nelson said. “He was a terrific guy, and we’re all going to miss him.”

A public memorial for Faber will be held Monday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro.

B.J. pointed out that Faber was a huge fan of Hawaiian shirts, and invited those attending the memorial service to “come and enjoy it.”

“Aloha shirts will be more than appropriate,” she said.

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