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Gordon Edward McGregor

April 1, 1937 - August 28, 2021

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Gordon McGregor, a proud Métis veteran, passed away at Mountain Lake Seniors Community on August 28, 2021 with his loving wife of 50 years, Dianne, and his beloved dog, Tillie, at his side.   The following day with his family in attendance Gord left Mountain Lake with his handmade Métis drum used to set the pace.

Born in 1937 in Vancouver to Jane and Edward, Gord grew up in Vancouver and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a cadet in 1954. He continued to proudly serve in the Regular Force as a fighter cop and later in Search and Rescue. Upon leaving the RCAF in 1965, he joined BC Tel where he spent the majority of his career, retiring in 1996.

Gord and Dianne met in 1970 at the Jericho sailing club in Vancouver, were married in 1971 and had two children, Stuart and Elizabeth. In 1981, the family moved to Nelson and joined community activities starting with learning to ski at Morning Mountain. Over the next 40 years, Gord was very active as a volunteer and could always be relied on to help out when needed. Over the years, he served multiple terms as President at Morning Mountain, and was a member of the Nelson Lions Club, Telephone Pioneers (Telus Ambassadors), Save our Services and the Nelson Electric Tramway Society. He was especially proud of his time as Director of Communications for the 1989 BC Winter Games as well as being a founding member of Learning in Retirement (LiR). In recognition of service to his community, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  In retirement Gord and Dianne founded Southpaw Enterprises which kept them busy for several years. They also enjoyed traveling throughout North America in their fifth wheel.

Whether it was teaching his kids to re-wire a house, digging a waterline, or enjoying an afternoon iced tea with Dianne, hanging out with his family was how Gord preferred to spend his time. Gord loved his children, Stuart and Elizabeth, and never missed an opportunity to talk about them and celebrate their lives. One of his greatest joys was becoming a Grandpa when Stuart and his wife Michelle had Samuel in 2013 and Kjersten in 2015. He also had a grandcat, Lowry, with whom he regularly video-chatted after moving into Mountain Lake in 2018.

The family would like to thank the very caring staff of Beachview Cottage and the general community at Mountain Lake for the care they provided to Gordon over the last three years. Whether it was welcoming the dogs (Toto and Tillie) for regular visits, or “drumming Gord out” in an exceptionally dignified and respectful farewell, the kindness and generosity of the Mountain Lake family are unparalleled. Maarsii to all the staff at Mountain Lake, and to Jessica for the drumming.

Outvoted by his family (as he hated being the centre of attention), a gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in honour of Gord.

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From: Werner and Lorry Mann
Relation: Blewett connections

Diane, Stuart and Liz and family, thinking of you at this sad time.
We were sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing and hope that the many happy and wonderful memories bring you a sense of peace and healing in the days ahead.
He was a great Blewett neighbour.
The drumming – what a special and fitting tribute and passage.
Sincere condolences,
Werner and Lorry Mann and family.

From: Pat Gibson
Relation: through Nelson Learning in Retirement

Diane and family; sending warm thoughts and wishes for your comfort during these days of feeling loss. I very much enjoyed Gordon’s wit and kindness.

From: Arlene
Relation: through Diane

Diane, so very sorry to read about Gordon’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

From: Phyllis Dale
Relation: Friend

Greetings Dianne, my condolences to you and the family at Gordon’s passing.
His photo in the obituary brought back memories of this kind and friendly man who I so enjoyed in our LiR activities. Best wishes, Phyllis

From: Jane Leeming
Relation: community neighbour

Dear Dianne and family,
I was very sorry to hear about Gord. You both were a big part of the Blewett community and I’ve missed seeing you (and Toto and Tillie) these last years.
Please know you are in my thoughts and my heart. Jane xx

From: Cathy Potkins
Relation: Instructor

Dear Dianne and family. I was sad to see that Gord has passed. I enjoyed working with him. He always had a positive attitude and a quiet laugh. I will miss him.

From: Bill Reid
Relation: Principal when children were in high school

I met Gord and Dianne when I was principal of L.V. Rogers and Stuart and Liz were students. I could tell they both cared deeply about their children’s education and helped out whenever they could. I was saddened to learn of Gord’s passing, in my opinion, a role-model father who was genuinely engaged in family. My condolences go out to the family. I know there are many happy memories they can rely on and which will result in warm smiles.

From: Ann E. Wood
Relation: Friends and former Scout leader and Rec commission colleagues

Dianne, our sincere condolences to you and all the family on the loss of Gordon. Our best wishes and blessings to you all, from Ann and Peter Wood

From: Marvin Nygaard
Relation: Next door nieghbour

My deepest sympathy to Dianne, Stuart and Liz for the loss of Gord he was a kind gentleman and a strong community volenteer. Also a great next door nieghbour. Kindest regards Marv Jordon and Brendon Nyggaard

From: Runnningwolf
Relation: I new him from Legion he was a Veteran like I am and also metis like I am also

I met Gordon McGregor At the Nelson Metis association . During this time he had helped me to feel proud of being Metis and helped me to deal with the pain of having been in residential school. We also exchanged memories of what it had took for us to serve our Country as Metis people in different times in our Canadian History. For the time I have known him, he made a great impact in my life as a Veteran and Metis . The last time I saw him was when he was at the old age home in Nelson and that day I was hopping to spend more time with him but because of covid 19 rule I was not permitted. Every time I was going to the Legion it gave me a great happiness when he was there and I could talk to him. I will miss him greatly .He was a great man and I did not know many men in my life that were like him.
I will miss you my friend and I always considered you a BROTHERS IN ARMS even if we did not serve in the same war conflict
Runnning Wolf

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Outvoted by his family (as he hated being the centre of attention), a gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in honour of Gord.

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Thank You Notice

The family would like to thank the very caring staff of Beachview Cottage and the general community at Mountain Lake for the care they provided to Gordon over the last three years. Whether it was welcoming the dogs (Toto and Tillie) for regular visits, or “drumming Gord out” in an exceptionally dignified and respectful farewell, the kindness and generosity of the Mountain Lake family are unparalleled. Maarsii to all the staff at Mountain Lake, and to Jessica for the drumming.

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