It is with deep sadness that
the family of Gordon Lawlor announces his passing on Jan. 31st, 2014 in G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, Quesnel. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 3rd at Bouchie Lake Hall – 2:00pm. Gordon was born on Oct. 22, 1924 in Comox, B.C. He was the 5th of 12 children and lived on a small farm. He learned his love of horses early from his dad who taught him how to harness and work a team. After his father died, he left home at 15 and worked nearby farms and ranches for room and board. The army looked good to Gordon – not just for survival but for adventure, so he enlisted and fought in WWII. While in combat he was injured so was hospitalized for over 5 months in London. There he met and married our mom, Bunny. After the war, the new couple lived in Campbell River, then moved to Quesnel in 1949.
Dad’s many occupations ranged from gravel truck driver, working in a logging camp, owning his own logging truck and commercial fisherman. Dad retired at the early age of 43 and our family moved to a small acreage in the Bouchie Lake area. There he cleared the land, raised beef cattle and dairy cows. He loved his large garden and whenever we ate T-bone steaks, fresh vegetables, berries, our own fresh cream and milk – we would hear dad say “This is the life.” The activities dad enjoyed were walking 2.5 miles a day with his faithful old dog Cody, no matter what the weather and keeping his new place on the Pinnacles Road neat and parklike. Even in his last years he lived independently and took pride in chopping his own wood. He tried to make daily visits to Rocky’s Store to visit with his coffee buddies. Many will miss his old red Ford parked there with his dog waiting for him and for his next lump of sugar.
But most of all, dad was a cowboy through & through and he loved his horses. He talked often about which new trail he wanted to explore with his horse loving friends and his daughters. He was known for his good sense of humor and sharp tongued wit. Young and old – he was friends to all. Dad enjoyed the beauty of nature and any animals he would meet on his well trodden trail.
Gordon will be forever loved and missed by his daughters Lianne Lawlor of Williams Lake; Cheryl (Doug) Lansdell; his 3 grandchildren – Jillian Wade, Tyson and Taylor Lansdell; his brother Sonny (Elaine) Lawlor. Gordon was predeceased by his 2 sons Gerald Richard and Robert Gordon Lawlor.
The family would like to thank all those who sent flowers, cards & phone calls. Special thanks to the nurses long hours of care at the hospital.