Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Gordon passed away peacefully in Edmonton with family at his side. Gordon was a notable member of the Gyro Club of Edmonton for 60 years and was known to hundreds of friends as “Mr. Gyro”. He was a recipient of the Gyro Honour Key, the Friendship Fraternity’s highest award. Gordon was also a proud member of the Highlands Golf Club and later the Mayfair Golf and Country Club. An avid golfer, he continued to play until he was 90 and fondly remembered shooting 80 when he was 82! As a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army, Gordon served both in the United Kingdom and in Europe during World War II. A weapons specialist, he used to say that a soldier had to be able to take his weapon apart and put it back together – blindfolded.
But of all the roles he played in his life, none was more important to Gordon or closer to his heart than family man. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Ivy, and by his youngest son Bob. Left to remember him are daughter Jean Warrack and husband Allan, son Sandy and wife Christine, brother Alex and sisters Pat Munro, Peggy Turvey and Nancy Edge (John), grandchildren Lauren (Kenn), Jim (Melissa), Dan, Hamish and Blythe, and great-grandchildren Gordon, Rebecca and Jan, and many friends.
Special thanks to Esther and all the staff at Rosedale Estates, who gave Gordon such devoted and generous care. Thanks go to the staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, especially Dr. Kara Nerenberg, for their kindness and compassion in Gordon’s final days.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, 10025 - 105 Street, Edmonton. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to The Salvation Army Alberta & Northern Territories Division, or to The Edmonton Public Library Board.
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