Sometimes, he’d be pacing the platform, checking his watch, wondering where the heck that train might be. Just as easily, Gordon would be standing at the front of the bus, right by the driver, sharing some observations on the day’s traffic, the daily commute, the weather, or the shocking price of oil. Whatever he might be up to that day, you always knew one thing – Gordon was in his element. And Gordon was happy.
Early on in life, the young Gordon became obsessed with imitating his father, Will, the sharp-dressed businessman, catching the train to work, the bus to another meeting, suitcase in hand and newspaper under his arm. It would become Gordon’s very existence, living out that boyhood vision of his powerful, dynamic and dashing father.
It was October 1978 when the Cochran family first moved to Greystones, settling in no.9 Hillside – just down the road from Peacehaven House, a place for adults with a range of disabilities. Gordon quickly let it be known that he preferred living his hero dad Will and his loving mum Lydia, and so, after a short, unsuccessful stint at a sheltered workshop in Bray, he began his life as the busy commuter businessman. Just like his dad. It was only years later, with the passing of his parents (Lydia in 1992; Will in 1995), and a short stint living with his sister Ruth and her family, that Gordon finally came round to the idea of living in Peacehaven House. Recently refurbished, Gordon’s home for the last 20 years was given the new name of Lydia House, in honour of his late mother, one of Peacehaven’s co-founders.