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Gordon Adair Fleming

Date of Death: August 24, 2018


Long-time resident, Gordon Adair Fleming passed away peacefully in Nelson on August 24, 2018.   Gordon was born on December 2, 1927, the 7th child of Nelson pioneers, Ross and Minnie (Robertson) Fleming.

In 1950, Gordon married Lorraine, the love of his life, and they spent many happy years together raising their family and enjoying square dancing, skiing, golfing, trailering, traveling and hosting parties.  They raised their family of four in the home which they began building in 1949 and, with the exception of one year in Vancouver, continued to live in until the present day.  It’s always been a special place for their family to visit through the years.

As a boy, Gordon followed in the family tradition of delivering the Nelson Daily News and along with his siblings, learned to play two musical instruments, competed in music festivals and was part of the Fleming Family Orchestra.   In his last year of High School, Gordon did odd jobs for Mann Drugs and was offered a job to apprentice as a pharmacist but he wasn’t interested in working inside in those days and turned it down. Also when in Grade 12, he bought his first Harley Davidson motorcycle and at the age of 20 he and a friend took the bike on a grand tour to Los Angeles.  His first full time job was with Cady Lumber at Six Mile Lakes where he was a swamper for 56¢ per hour.  Eventually Gordon apprenticed as a machinist at Mackenzie, White & Dunsmuir, finishing up as Shop Foreman at Acklands in 1967.  After 21 years as a machinist, Gordon and Lorraine moved their family to Vancouver so Gordon could take an accelerated Industrial Arts teacher course at UBC.  The family returned to Nelson and Gordon retired after 19 years of teaching at LVR.  Gordon also devoted many years to the Boy Scout movement, as a youth participant and as a leader and District Commissioner, taking his Scouts on overnight hikes in Kokanee Glacier Park and to other camps and jamborees.  One of Gordon’s former Boy Scouts said, “The next time I go to Nelson, I am going to visit Gordon and shake the hand of the man who shaped my life.”  Gordon had a positive impact on the lives of his friends and many of Nelson’s young people.   He was a loving family man, woodworker, home handyman, a patient teacher, active in his community, and a caring and supportive friend, and poet.  Gordon was a great story teller and was famous for his annual Christmas poems; he enjoyed a good joke and said that strangers were just friends he hadn’t yet met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Gladys and brothers Robert, Donald, Arthur, Wallace, and Clive.  He is survived by and greatly missed by his wife Lorraine and their children Brian, Janet (Greg) Ritchey, Dale (Mark) Fromberg, and John (Barb). Their grandchildren Gordon and David (Christina) Ritchey, Stephanie and Mitchell Fromberg, and Laura (Daniel) Williamson and Lindsay Fleming cherish their memories of wonderful times with their Grandpa, including going on night walks, being gifted with wooden toys and furniture from his workshop, camping and learning by his example of gracious and generous living.  Gordon is also survived by and sadly missed by his great grandchildren, Niamh, Max, and India Ritchey; his sister, Rosemary Reilly; his nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:30 – 4:00 on September 15 in the Hume Room at the Hume Hotel in Nelson.  A short program will begin at 2:00.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations could be made to the Parkinson’s Society in Gordon’s name www.parkinsons.org.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Anne Rutherglen
Relation: Friend

My heart goes out to the Fleming family. I will miss the Christmas poems. So long Papa Nerd- i will miss you dearly

From: Greg Corbett
Relation: Former student.

So sorry for your loss, Fleming family, Gordon, made a difference throughout his life which indirectly affected my life, too.

From: David Bruce Fleming
Relation: Grandson

A great loss for me. I’m sure he was responsible for enrolling me in cubs for that year my sister(rip) Anne stayed in the apartments on Behnsen St. I remember seeing him mow the large lawn for his parents, Ross and Mini, every 2-3 weeks.

From: Les J Evans
Relation: Boy Cubs and Scouts

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, Janet. My warmest condolences to you and your family, your Mother and your siblings. Your Dad walked that extra mile for many of us “Scouters!” His commitment was insurmountable to all of us!

From: Robyn (Fleming) Croft
Relation: Great-niece

What a wonderful full life he lived, leaving a legacy of kindness, love and goodwill. I had the pleasure of meeting my great-uncle Gordon only a few times in my life but I have fond memories of those visits in Nelson and being at their lovely home. I still have my metal smiley face coin he gave me all those years ago and will always treasure it. He was a favourite uncle of my mom and close sibling to my Grandpa, Wallace. I bet they had some fun adventures when they were young! Our thoughts and hearts are with you all and we hope you can take comfort in your many happy memories together as a family.

With love,
Robyn and Mike Croft
Victoria, B.C.

From: Sharon Smith-Carter
Relation: Friend of Dale Fromberg

Dale, Mark, Steph, Mitch & family – as I read this beautiful obituary of your dad (& grandpa) I smiled at the intimacy in which he was described. What a blessing to have been able to call this man “dad” or “grandpa”. Such memories to keep in your heart always. The kindness obviously continues in his daughter (you –Dale) and grandchildren. Sending you much love at the loss of your sweet father and know that we hold you in our hearts at this time. Much love – Sharon, Rick & family xoxo

From: Don Sal
Relation: Friend

My deepest respects to to the Fleming family. Last time I saw Gord was at a class reunion of very old students of LVR at N.D.U. The two of us sat together outside on the deck/ soccer field for 45 min
and talked about family,life, watched a video of the old days laugh out loud, it was fun.
I am one of those many people Gordon shaped with his kindness,knowledge,generosity and great humour.
He always seemed to be a big part of my life whether it goes back to Brian’s Healey,or Norton days being in his home work shop, boy scouts,kokanee glacier, jamborees,classrooms,
even dosey doe-ing which i am not bad at because of Gord. It’s a wonderful legacy the amount he gave to so many.

As a teacher his patience is un matched and it was tested by myself and Rod many times trust me. My best and favourite teacher hands down.
Gordon rather than giving up on students like myself and Rod made a deal with us to stay after class to help and guide us through the class to eventually pass
and get the credits, he would never give up on a person i admired that Gordon quality so much. My drafting,electrical,mechanical knowledge of course never at Gordon’s level has served me
personally and in work through out my life and still does on a daily bases, all because of Gordon Fleming.

I feel very lucky to have shared the time that i did with Gordon and let the family
know that there is a lot of smiley faces in this world because of your husband,

Don Sal

From: Lana Thompson
Relation: Niece

Dear Fleming Family,

He was my Uncle Gordon. A very handsome man with a beautiful wife and 4 gorgeous children! Growing up as one of the youngest cousins I was in awe of this family that came to visit every summer. I would anticipate their visit like it was Christmas in July! What fun we had and how I looked up to each and every one of them (and still do!).

May you rest in peace Uncle Gordon. Your dark eyes always had a twinkle and the laugh lines around them were evidence of the life you led. I always felt a warmth and confidence whenever in your presence and you led your life and raise your family with elegance and purpose. I will always remember you and the wonderful imprint you left on my life and that of my brother.

Love your niece, Lana

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: From LV Rogers High School

My condolences to Mr. Fleming’s family. I remember him from LV Rogers. We always said hello when we saw each other around town. May he rest in peace. A lovely man.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 15, 2018
Beginning at 1:30pm

Hume Hotel in Hume Room

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:30 – 4:00 on September 15 in the Hume Room at the Hume Hotel in Nelson.  A short program will begin at 2:00.

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In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations could be made to the Parkinson’s Society in Gordon’s name www.parkinsons.org.

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