April 27, 1935 – June 4, 2021
It is with deep sorrow that Beverly, her family Randy, (Amri), Zoë and Hayden, Kelli, Heather and Rebecca announce the sudden passing of their loving husband, father and grandfather.
Gord was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Lord Selkirk School and graduated in 1953. He then served his apprenticeship as a lithographer at Hignell Printing Limited after which he continued his career for forty years with the company.
Gord’s parents, George and Ruth Fox owned a summer cottage at Laclu in Northwestern Ontario, his initial time as a cottager was during his infant years, spending every year of his life afterwards at the place he loved. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the original cottage still in use by his children and grandchildren.
Gord met the love of his life, Beverly, at Laclu and were married in September of 1957. After a lengthy career both Gord and Bev decided to retire in 1994 and pursued their lifelong dream with the construction of their retirement home on the neighboring lot on the lake after acquiring the property from Gord’s aunt Eva. On numerous occasions leading up to the construction the two of them would stand on the waters edge and take in the view which eventually became the view from their home.
Early retirement years included many family gatherings, and celebrations. They were also able to enjoy many visits from old and new friends from the community and surrounding area. Each summer included an extended stay, or annual event that had become know as the “Cockateel” weekend, a pilgrimage of close friends from across western Canada. These gatherings included vast amounts of good food, wine and never-ending laughter.
Almost immediately after settling into the area, Gord and Bev became involved in the community centre, which at that time was housed in the old Laclu school house not far from their home. As the community grew and became more organized, a proposal by the board members to construct a new building, Gord was only willing to contribute his time and efforts, what better to fulfill retirement with such a project.
Volunteering to support the community, Gord served on the PUFF, Local Services and Local Roads Boards.
A hobbyist and craftsman, Gord enjoyed woodworking and even completed the finishing in both their original and retirement homes. In addition, Gord constructed several wooded boats with the last being a beautiful cedar strip kayak that he enjoyed during peaceful times on the water.
His wood shop was always dusty, and somewhat disorganized as a result of having either been turning posts, candle sticks or some “whatchamacallit” on his lathe. Some of these ended up being unusual gifts, something from Gord.
The outdoor life suited Gord well, a passion for fishing, occasionally hunting, but to excess, only enough for a bit of the wild in the freezer. Gord was a talker, jokester and conversationalist.
Gord is survived by his sister Norma, “Grammy” her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, his brother-in-law Allan “Unk” his children, and grandchildren.
Beverly, Randy and Kelli would like to thank the attending members of the Puff Emergency Response Team, the attending Paramedics and the compassionate ICU staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.
A heart felt thank you is also extended to the wonderful community members who have been so supportive during this most difficult time.
Also, a Special Thank you to Brenda Schussler of the 901 Westside Restaurant.
Cremation has taken place, and due to Covid Restrictions there will be no service at this time.
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
we would walk right up to Heaven,
and bring you back again.