ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local businessman Patrick C. Jordan died Sunday at the age of 51, according to the Ellsworth American.
Jordan was president of R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction Inc. firm, which was founded by his father Ronald Jordan in 1964 and has its offices downtown on Water Street.
Jordan began running the firm in the 1990s and was a well-respected member of Ellsworth’s business community. In 2006, under his leadership, R.F. Jordan & Sons received the Top Drawer Award from the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Jordan and his wife gave $100,000 to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth — now known as Northern Light Health Maine Coast Hospital — to put toward construction of a new emergency care facility.
Jordan also served on the board of the local YMCA from 2005 to 2012 and was that organization’s volunteer of the year in 2008.
Attempts Wednesday to contact officials at the Y and other community leaders were unsuccessful. Jordan’s family declined to comment for this story.
In a statement posted Monday on the Y’s Facebook page, officials with the organization said Jordan and his family have been “tremendous supporters” of the YMCA and have been “instrumental in making the YMCA successful.” They said Jordan’s “energy, enthusiasm and hard work were the foundation” of a campaign in 2009 to acquire a property on Webb Pond in Eastbrook where the Y’s summertime Camp Discovery for kids is located.
John Phillips, a longtime city councilor, said Wednesday that Jordan often was involved in improvement projects in the city through his family’s construction firm. In 2011, the company constructed a paved walking and biking trail along train tracks between Birch Avenue and North Street, and over the years it has worked multiple times on upgrading and improving local roads.
Philips said Wednesday that under Jordan’s direction, the firm sometimes loaned equipment to the city highway department for clearing roads or moving material.
“The generosity and helpfulness were there all the time,” Phillips said, adding that Patrick, like his father, had a good sense of humor and a quick wit. He said he has been friends with Jordan for “a long time” and that he is sad for Jordan’s wife, children and other relatives.
“He was a good person,” Phillips said. “[51 years old] is way too young. It’s an indescribable loss.”