Christopher S. Gorton

Christopher S. Gorton, 35, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Earl and Margaret (McGuire) Gorton.  Chris was the owner and operator of Gorton’s Small Engine. He was also a gifted accordion player. He was the only person to win the New England Music Festival Accordion Championship three years in a row. In 2003 he competed in the World Cup Accordion Competition representing the United States. Chris also enjoyed boating, ice hockey, skiing and spending time with his family and friends.

He leaves one sister, Karen Gorton Rodrigues of Providence, two brothers, Mark D. Gorton of Rehoboth and Joshua M. Gorton of Providence, four nephews and two nieces.

His funeral service will be private.


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David Caraman from PAWTUCKET wrote on January 8, 2021 at 9:28 pm:
My deepest condolences to the family of Christopher. He was a good person, genuine. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a bright young man. Christopher was an inspiration in the garage as is where we began our friendship. Hard woking, soft spoken, such a wonderful personality. He leaves an imprint to be remembered.
BETTY M GORDON from Warwick wrote on December 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm:
Deepest condolences to Karen, Mark, Joshua and family. I was very saddened to learn of your brother's passing. May he rest in peace.
Filomena Medeiros Reall from North Providence wrote on December 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm:
Karen, so very sorry to hear of your brother's passing! Thinking of you and you family at this most difficult time! I feel your pain!
Debbie Borzaro from Cranston wrote on December 18, 2020 at 10:57 am:
Karen I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With Sympathy Debbie
Stephen McGuire from Weymouth, MA wrote on December 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm:
Our hearts ache for such a great loss, our deepest sympathies to Karen, Mark, and Joshua.
John Brezniak from Cumberland wrote on December 16, 2020 at 9:23 am:
I only knew Chris through his business but it was a pleasure working with him. He was honest, hard working and went the extra mile to take care of me as a customer. My condolences to his family and their loss. Chris was a great guy.
David Welsh from Attleboro wrote on December 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Karen and your family. I’m sure your parents were waiting for him with open arms. Stay strong! ❤️
Nina McCarthy from Westerly wrote on December 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm:
I didn't know Chris, but I know Karen. My deepest sympathy to the entire family with an extra hug for Karen. She spoke highly of Chris when we were cruise roommates.
Michele Cerreta from North Providence wrote on December 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm:
To the entire Gorton family and Tayla whom I work with, I am so sorry. I knew Chris he was my small engine repair man and I just loved him. He was such a nice and sweet guy. I can’t tell you how sorry I am to read this. My love and sympathy goes out to all of you. My prayers are with Chris.
George Haslip from Cranston wrote on December 14, 2020 at 4:20 pm:
Gorton Family Our deepest sympathies
Ann Marie Panarello from Johnston wrote on December 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm:
It is with great sadness to hear about Chris' passing. I watched him grow into a fine young man and his accomplishments with the accordion at the studio. Chris rest in piece. Condolences to Karen, Mark and Joshua
Anthony & Sandra Falco from Johnston wrote on December 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm:
To the Gorton family our deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Christopher. To say Christopher was a talented musician would be an understatement. Christopher was such a role model and inspiration to numerous young musicians ( Including my son Anthony Jr.) not only at Paolo Music but to all whom had the pleasure to hear him play ( He mesmerized us all). The world is a lesser place. God bless you Christopher for all the lives you inspired and touched . You will be missed
Andrew & Karen Wilson from Queen Creek AZ wrote on December 13, 2020 at 2:21 pm:
We knew Chris through Bob Paola music studio. He was a kind soul and a very talented accordion player. We are saddened to hear of his passing. We pray that God’s peace that passes all understanding be with his family. Rest In Peace Chris.
Marilyn O'Neil from Cheshire wrote on December 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm:
I am heartbroken. Chris was a gifted musician, a hardworking young man, an asset to the accordion world. He made his teacher and all of us in the Accordion world proud. I got to know Chris on a more personal level within the last few years. This is a tragedy for his family and for all of us. He will live on in my memory always. My condolences to his family.
David A. De Vecchis from Prividence, RI wrote on December 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm:
To Chris’ family, my condolences as I am so sorry to hear this. He was my nephew Pietro’s good friend and a part of our lives for all the years he and Pietro were accordionists, training at Bob Paola’s school and competing in many competitions. Rest in Peace Chris - you will be missed!
Michael McGuire from Sarasota, Florida wrote on December 12, 2020 at 9:08 pm:
How sad to see a life end so young. My most heartfelt condolences go to Mark, Karen and Josh. Rest in peace, Chris.
Kathy and Bill Channell from Epping wrote on December 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm:
"They are not dead who live in the lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed, they live a life again." (E. Roosevelt) To Mark, Karen and Joshua, we send these sentiments. May you be comforted in knowing that Christopher is at peace now.
Roger & Rosita Lee Latulippe from Hudson wrote on December 12, 2020 at 11:31 am:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chris Gordon. He was an exceptional young man and talented accordionist. As members of the Accordion Teachers Association of MA, Roger & I watched Chris as a beginner accordion student develop through the years into an outstanding accordionist. He was the New England Accordion Champion for three consecutive years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Roger & Deedee Latulippe (Rosita Lee Music Center)
Assunta Sullivan (Verrengia) from Worcester wrote on December 12, 2020 at 10:45 am:
I just found out about this and am heartbroken beyond words. I remember when you were born. Karen and I used to take you with us alot ....you were like my nephew. You had a light inside you that I pray continues to shine on us from where you are.
Elaine & Gene Martin from Lincoln wrote on December 12, 2020 at 10:09 am:
We send our sincere sympathies to Chris’ family as we remember how talented and accomplished Chris was. His amazing performances on the accordion and his successful entrepreneurship in business illustrate Chris’ multi-talented nature. We hope his family and friends will someday find peace and comfort remembering the good times with their brother/uncle/nephew/ and neighbor. Rest In Peace, Chris