Gordon Pulaski was a creative genius in New Hope community

Gordon Pulaski with a camera
Gordon Pulaski photo by Sandy Santello

Gordon Mark Pulaski- May 29, 1964 – May 28, 2022

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie

Gordon Pulaski was not afraid to “fly.” He grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. After moving to Fort Lauderdale with his husband Joey Ray, who tragically passed away in 2018, Gordon came back to New Hope, PA., bringing his heart and soul.

To know Gordon was to be graced by a creative genius, who was humble and kind. He became the Creative Director for New Hope Celebrates and FACT Bucks County. There was no idea that Gordon could not turn into reality. Whether it was designing an exhibit, creating a graphic theme for Pride, or arranging for a virtual talk on HIV, Gordon did it passionately.

In 2017, he proudly took part in obtaining New Hope Celebrates’ own 100 foot Rainbow Equality Pride Flag. Gordon said, “We hope that this flag, which has been a symbol to the entire LGBTQ+ community worldwide, will also serve as a reminder of New Hope’s remarkable history of acceptance and inclusiveness.”

It was Gordon who oversaw the design of the new flag in 2021, to include the transgender community and people of color. He was so proud to be part of the only Pride Parade that crossed state lines from Lambertville, New Jersey into New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Gordon lived his life for others, and his hope was for everyone to feel loved and accepted. The love that his family and friends felt for him was evident at his memorial service. Lifelong friends spoke of Gordon with fond memories and tears.

New Hope Celebrates founder Dan Brooks said, ”Gordon was a special, creative, and driven artist. He has made all my visions and subsequent leaders’ visions come to life through his artistic skill. He stayed ahead of the curve in anything possible in the digital and graphic world. In addition, Gordon remained one of my best and loyal friends to his last breath and I continue to feel a hole in my heart without him. Although a “man with a strong stand,” he was at heart a collaborator, kind, sweet and a genuine comic. His impact on New Hope Celebrates will be seen forever and will be his legacy. It is our challenge to see it live on.”

A community will be missing a legend, but his memory will live on as Pride Flags unfurl and rainbows shine above.

I am a volunteer for New Hope Celebrates in New Hope, PA. and former Board member of FACT Bucks County. I write for Out in Jersey Magazine and the Bucks County Herald. I love travelling, knitting, reading and taking care of my cat Gemma.