Monday 19 March 2012

Our good Friend Gord ...

It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend Gordon MacLeod over the weekend.

Born in Halifax, he grew up in Newfoundland, and enlisted in the Canadian Navy to see the world. He then went to university to get his education and became a planner for Parks Canada.

He was a member of our local Maskwa Aquatic Club, and that's where our paths crossed when we joined with our two (then young) boys for the kayak and canoe programs.

Gord had just retired, and was spending lots of his time keeping the club running, constantly repairing and improving things. Our friendship started almost as soon as we met, and he became almost family.

We did excursions together, he came to supper, or invited us to his place. He often took our boys skiing, or to play golf. He would drop off his latest homemade beer or wine, and would always go to the boys' soccer games.

He loved his cars and really enjoyed what was going on with my art.

When it was decided to build a new facility for the aquatic club, Gord became the "unofficial" project manager, and made sure it was done right.

He was the very shining example of what committed volunteerism could do. Our community is better for it, and will be better for years to come because of Gord, and I'm very honoured that I could call him "friend".

We all miss you dearly, Gord.

1 comment:

G Collins said...

His former co-workers at Parks Canada are in shock at at the news of his passing. Gordon or as we affectionately called him "Gordo" was always smiling, full of energy and seemed to live life to the fullest. He was proud of his work at the boatclub and I can only imagine how much he will be missed.
G Collins