Born April 16, 1925, Gord passed away on August 29, 2013 at the New Denver Pavillion.
He is survived by his wife of 64½ years Elizabeth (Betty), son Doug (Holly) of Quesnel, daughter Penny (Mike) of Nanaimo, sons Blair of Kelowna, Stuart (Diane) of Silverton and daughter Cindy (Walt) Osip of Quesnel. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, sisters Mary (Dave), June (Kent) and brothers Ab and George (Karen). He was predeceased by sisters Margaret and Frances.
Gord was born and raised in Silverton where he raised his family and worked his whole life. He brightened everyone’s day with his big smile and twinkling blue eyes. Let’s not forget his stuttering humour. He knew everyone and treated all as his friend with never a negative word to say about anyone.
If you don’t remember Gord as the guy with a pipe in his mouth driving the Esso fuel truck with Scottie dog in the passenger seat, then you remember him, again with the pipe, driving the school bus also with Scottie at his side.
Gord had nicknames for everyone and was never short of rhymes and riddles. Right to the end he was still trying to smile and to make us smile. He will be so missed by us all.
Special thank-you to Dr. Burkholder and Dr. Meiger and the nursing staff. Thank you to the New Denver Hospice Society. Your presence, compassion and support helped dad and our family in ways we can’t find words for.
Dad was able to be at home these last 3 years with the help and wonderful support of Lara and Ann of Community Home Support Services. Thank you Theresa, Eva, Candace, Lora-lee and all who came into Mom’s and Dad’s home.
There will be no service. Dad’s request was for donations in his memory to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Z 4H4, of which mom and dad have been life-long supporters.