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Gordon WIlliam Jeffs

May 11, 1940 - January 4, 2021


Gordon Jeffs, born in Nelson, B.C. May 11, 1940 to Charles and Hazel Jeffs, passed away January 4, 2021, with his wife Sandi, of 54 years at his side.


He was predeceased by his parents, Brother Ronald, Parents-in-law Frank and Philadelphia Aikins, brothers-in-law Greg Couston and David Aikins and nieces Kerry Couston and Lisa Aikins.


He will be especially missed by his Veterans Service Dog and faithful companion Sammy, wife Sandi, daughters Colleen (Mark), Lorraine (Skip), Reanne (Brad) and son Stacey (Amanda), ‘adopted daughters’ Hiroe (Ryo) and Yukako, as well as grandchildren Dustin (Felica), Steven, Brandon (Kyla), Chloe, Alyssa, Brody, Mariah (Michael), ‘adopted granddaughters’ Ashley and Kate.  Also missed by great grandchildren Jackson, Kaeden, Christopher, Vincent, Alexander, brothers Bob (Laurie) and Dale (Lena), sisters-in-law Christine and Katy and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Mrs. TJS Ferguson was very influential in his young life. He loved to sing in the Nelson Boys Choir and participate in the Kootenay Music Festival where he competed for and won the Penoyer Cup.  The piano was a different matter…not liking to practice; he would rather be outside playing baseball.


Gord was an athlete and loved to play hockey, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, soccer and golf as well as swimming across Kootenay Lake in his teens when he was a Life guard at Lakeside Park.


He joined the Military after graduating from LV Rogers Secondary School and served with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery overseas, both as a peacekeeper and hockey player.


Returning home, he worked for BC Highways for 30 years before retiring in 2000, in Salmo.


Gord coached Minor Hockey,  Baseball and Soccer and loved to interact with kids of all ages, talking over their problems and skills, always leaving them with a positive thought about themselves; one of his many talents.  He especially enjoyed having Junior hockey players Marcel, Mike and Kevin billeted with the family.


As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion he was elected to the positions of Executive at large, Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and served both the Branch and Zone as Veterans Service Officer, assisting veterans, which was his passion, as he himself suffered with OSI (PTSD) and understood their particular troubles and suffering.

Gord took the problems and suffering of others to heart and helped out wherever and whenever he could.


He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


A Celebration will be held at a later date.


Many thanks to 3rd Floor staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital, Dr. Helena Czubernat, Dr. Marisa VanDerVyver, Dr. Brandon Tuvel and Dr. Philip Malpass for their wonderful care.  Special thanks to Pastor Sara Westnedge of First Baptist Church for your prayers and support.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, Cockerel House in Trail c/o Royal Canadian Legion Foundation, or Courageous Companions (Veterans Service Dogs).



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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

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

From: Christine Couston
Relation: Sister-in-law.

Gord was an exceptional man who always was thinking of ways he could help others. He was a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle. Our family sends his family our condolences.

From: Gary & Christine McCandlish
Relation: acquaintances

Condolences to Sandi and family

From: Sharon Campese
Relation: neighbour

Such a lovely man. He always made me laugh.

From: Judy & Mel Maglio
Relation: friend

Sandi & Family – We are so sorry to hear that Gordie has made his transition. Gordie loved life. When we would have a chat at a LVR reunion he always spoke about his family with pride. Mel and I were both in Mrs. Ferguson’s Choristers with Gordie. I remember being Gordie’s partner at the Capitol Theatre where 4 or 5 couples sang, “Tell Me Pretty Maiden!!” Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mel & Judy

From: Cindy Gavin
Relation: Friend

I have known Gordie for many years and have many fond memories of him! Very sad to hear of his passing! He was a great help to me and my family when my dad passed who was a long time friend of Gordie’s! I’m sure they are enjoying telling there stories together again! Big hugs to the Jeff’s family

From: Ted Burns
Relation: I Knew him for decades because he was everywhere in Nelson in his younger days. - a good friend to all

It was a warm summer night in about 1963 when the Royal Canadian Horse soldiers led by Gordon Jeffs invaded the Nelson Hotel beer parlor with vigor. No casualties resulted and a grand time was had by all. Indeed.

From: Lew Jordan
Relation: Long time friend!

Sending our condolences to you, Sandi, and your family. Gordie was a good guy and we always enjoyed our chats. Our thoughts are with you, Sandi. Best, Joan and Lew

From: Stephen & Linda Hoskin

Sandi and family – Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of great loss. With hugs and friendship, Stephen and Linda

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