Nov. 14, 1908 – Aug. 16, 2014
Mildred Gordon Haniford, of Buffalo, who owned and operated a company that provided supplies for Great Lakes freighters, died Aug. 16. She was 105.
Born Mildred Hirsch in Buffalo, she attended School 39 and was a 1927 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.
While working as bookkeeper and office manager for Nate Satuloff’s poultry business in the Elk Street Market, she met her first husband, Nathan Gordon. They were married in 1931.
She began doing bookkeeping for her husband after he opened his own store. He then expanded by buying a provisioning business on the waterfront and became a major supplier to visiting lake freighters.
After his death in 1970, she became president of Gordon Provision, located at the Crystal Beach Terminal at the foot of Commercial Street in what is now Canalside.
She sold the business and retired 10 years later.
The company serviced grain boats operated by Kinsman Transportation Corp., owned by the Steinbrenner family, and she became a longtime friend of George Steinbrenner, who later was owner of the New York Yankees.
She was the editor of Temple Beth Zion’s popular “Measure for Pleasure” cookbook and made a point of including only recipes that were tested by a committee and then were unanimously approved.
Her second husband of 27 years, Jack Haniford, died in 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Gordon Stoltz; a son, Richard Harris Gordon; a stepson, Charles Haniford; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Aug. 20 in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.