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Gordon Hood

Date of Death: February 5, 2019


HOOD, Gordon

October 16, 1926 – February 5, 2019

Gordon was active and busy in play, sports, and the outdoors all of his life. He had many good stories of adventures growing up in Montreal, his Grandpa Shaver, his brother Allan, his Walkley gang of friends, experimenting with gun powder, building cabins, and skiing in the Laurentians.

Gordon was interested in science and graduated McGill University in 1952, Metallurgy Engineering. He married Philippa and moved to Rossland B.C. and worked for Cominco. He loved the Kootenays and made wonderful lifelong friends.  His stories and doggerel were received with hilarity at many parties and gatherings of friends.

Dad was a great father to Greg, Deb and Leslie. We had many adventures and fun in the outdoors with him. Skiing and fishing were his passions. He also excelled at squash (where he sometimes won playing with his non-dominant hand) and enjoyed tennis and golf. He never left the area except for a 2 year work assignment in southern India and some foreign travels. The ‘best thing I ever did’ was building his cabin on Kootenay Lake near Riondel.

Gordon met Mary Zak and they married in 2003. They enjoyed travel together and living in both Nelson and at his cabin. He adored Mary and they had 16 years of happiness together and with her family. One of a kind, he will be missed, remembered, and loved.

Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Mieske and the nurses and staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital. If you wish, you may make a donation in Gordon’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.


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From: Jane Mackay Green
Relation: Family Friend

Gordon was such an amazing guy in our lives… so many memories of Christmas dinners in Fruitvale and Rossland, adventures (and misadventures – Plaid Lake Hike) and tremendous philosophizing. We are blessed to have called him “friend”. Always curious, always interested. Gordon and my Dad John Mackay were friends growing up in Montreal… and Gordon’s shift to the Kootenays was an impetus for Mum and Dad coming as well – so without him, who knows where we would all be? I think Gordon would have liked that philosophizing… would have written a long poem about it… He will be missed.

From: Colleen Driscoll
Relation: Friend

Gordon was truly a gentle loving man .. he will be missed.. Mary my heart goes out to you…

From: Jane Stewart
Relation: Friend of his daughter Deb

Deb and family, so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thinking of you at this sad time.

From: Spider Jones / Fernanda Martins
Relation: friend

My wife Fernada and I had the very good forturne of knowing Gord while living in Riondel running the golf club and in Nelson while running the squash club. He loved to play both. On occasion he’d have us to dinner at his lakeside cabin regailing us of stories of the ‘Argentine’. He was a nice nice guy and lived life to the fullest. We were very sorry to hear of his passing.

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

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Thank You Notice

Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Mieske and the nurses and staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital. If you wish, you may make a donation in Gordon’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.

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