Word this week that Tootsie Roll Industries CEO Melvin Gordon had passed away at the age of 95 had locals fondly recalling visits to his family’s Wellesley Hills home on Halloween night for extra special trick-or-treating.
Gordon held the distinction of leading the publicly-held candy company for more than 50 years along with his wife Ellen, who now takes over as CEO and Chair. There’s speculation that the company could be ripe for a buyout now that Mr. Gordon has died.
The couple maintained a home in Chicago as well as Wellesley.
As for the Wellesley home, residents recall not only visiting on Halloween to grab gobs of Tootsie Roll candies, but jumping the fence to pool hop as well.