Gordie passed away on the evening of March 25, 2014 in the palliative care unit at Nanaimo hospital. Family travelled to be by his side and each spent treasured moments with him. In the last hours of his life, Gord’s dearest friend and minister Rich (Adrienne) softly read from scripture and a deep peace settled in the room. Gord was surrounded by love as he gently slipped away with Darren and Dean by his side and Jean holding his hand.
Gord is deeply missed by his wife and best friend Jean, his stepsons Darren and Dean (Simone) and grandchildren Sabrina and Hayden; brother Wesley (Anna) and sister Mia and all his amazing sister/cousins Bev (Bernie), Shirley, Gail (Fred) and Judy and their families. He was always popular with his many nieces and nephews as they remember laughter and fun times. Gord is much loved by family throughout British Columbia, Alberta, USA, Scotland and Australia.
Gord had many friends and
coffee buddies and they will certainly miss his joyful company at McDonalds and A&W. The walking group in Qualicum Beach fondly remember a gentle and kind man and the MIMS group will miss him terribly.
Gord was predeceased by his parents (Florence and Bob Allen) and by his stepdaughter Kymmy (Kym Ashlee Trethewey).
Gord was born in Kamloops and grew up in Quesnel, BC. He became a meat manager in Overwaitea Foods and lived throughout British Columbia working in various stores.
After moving to Parksville, he retired on a disability and although he struggled with his
illness at times, Gord lived a
thoroughly happy life exceeding all medical prognosis by many years.
Gord, you’ve touched the life of family and friends with your delight of life, your joy, your gentleness and kindness. You took pleasure in every moment you lived. You have left us all with beautiful memories and have enriched our lives with the fulness of your love.
The family would like to thank Dr. Niles and doctors and staff at the Lung Clinic in Vancouver for taking care of Gord over the years. The family was comforted by the compassionate and caring staff at the NRGH emergency and palliative care units. We appreciate all our friends, neighbors and family for the prayers that uphold us, the flowers and cards, loving thoughts, phone calls, emails and endless supply of food that sustained us through this terribly sad time.
Following his wishes, there will be no service as Gord said he celebrated his life every day he lived and shared this joy with each one of us. It is his desire that we Just Be Held in his love and in the love of God (Casting Crowns: Just Be Held).