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

From: Ruth Towers
Relation: Dianne and I were both in Social Work at UBC. We remained friends and I met Gord when they got together.. we had several family get-together when Stuart and Liz were toddlers.

Thinking of you all at this time. My sincere condolences.

From: Ray and Ann Renee
Relation: I worked with Gord at Telus

Dianne we are so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Gord was a great guy. Always had a smile every day at work.

From: Bryna Idler
Relation: Friend

Dianne, I’m so sorry to hear about Gord’s passing. He was a sweet, wonderful man, and he will be dearly missed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

From: Diana Smith
Relation: Niece

Dear Dianne, Liz, Stuart and family! Your loss of your husband, father, grampa is soooo great and so sad to loose such a powerhouse and sensitive part of your family. My family too. It is heartbreaking and I join with you in your grief. Although our time together was little I have wonderful memories of “Uncle Gordie” (that is the only name I knew him by) and hopefully you will feel a little encouraged by these. As an adult I have few memories of Uncle Gordie. One where our children of similar ages were playing together at your house in Kerrisdale. You and Gord were ever so kind and hospitable. We had so much fun. As I pondered the death of Gordon I was flooded with memories of interactions with my uncle. I’ll share a few. One of my fondest involve times when Uncle Gordie would take just me out to Langley with him. We would talk, he would listen and he always made me feel so important and special. To this day whenever I drive under the overpass near the Langley egress I think of those special moments with my uncle. I know those times helped to mold me into the person I am today. Another memory was of Uncle Gordie arriving at our house looking so tall and handsome in his airforce uniform. He would come on leave and once again he spent time looking great and taking the time to BE with me, talking and taking an interest in me. Another time was the thoughtfulness he showed in choosing Christmas gifts for two little girls, namely my cousin and I. He bought me a set of mini pots and pans and my cousin the dishes to serve the pretend food we prepared on my pots. His thoughtfulness and generosity has stayed with me all these years. I loved it when he came to our house looking so handsome in his airforce uniform. He always took the time to visit with us and pay attention to us kids. One last memory to share today: I remember him lifting me up as a child – by my ears. ha ha. Is that why my ears are long. hee hee. All in all – you guys had a wonderful husband and father. I grieve and mourn your loss with you. Hugs and love Diana

From: Colleen Driscoll and Robin Cherbo
Relation: Friend

Dear Dianne Liz and Stuart and sweet grandchildren …our hearts are sad today and we send love to all of you. There is no other like Gord!!!! He was truly a kind generous and caring man. He is missed.

From: Willa & Harold Horsfall
Relation: Neighbours

Our sincere condolences Diane to you and your family. Always a friendly face and peaceful neighbour. Our prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.

From: Annette Ball (Zieverink)
Relation: Friend of Family

Hugs Dianne. Thinking of you .

From: Diane Penner
Relation: Neighbour

Dear Dianne, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time. We used to enjoy meeting up with you and Gord on our walks on Fisherman Road and having our little chats. Gord would be glad to know we get a lot of use out of the white Ford truck up at our cabin.
Diane Penner

From: Joy lobach
Relation: Friend ehose husband worked with Gordon at B.C. Tel.

Diane and family. We are so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. He was a kind gentle soul and will be missed after a long arduous journey. Sincere condolences to you and your families.
Hugs
Joy, John and families

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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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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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