Dr. James "Jim" Arthur Leonard Gordon

4 August , 193219 October , 2018

Dr. James Gordon

August 4 1932 – October 19 2018 It is with profound sadness that the Gordon family announces the death of Jim Gordon on October 19th, peacefully at home. He was an incredible father and grandfather and an accomplished doctor who touched the lives of many during his 35-year career at Southlake Regional Hospital. Jim graduated Gold Medalist from U of T Medical School and arrived in Aurora in 1965 to join Dr. Don Hutchins in Internal Medicine. In 1976, Jim opened the first Nuclear Medicine department at what was then York County Hospital. He was well loved by his patients and colleagues for his sense of humour and dedicated service to the Hospital. Jim enjoyed squash, tennis and skiing, and the benefits of cutting your own grass. He also raised chickens and sold eggs to hospital staff who were keen to enjoy farm fresh eggs. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years Mary, daughter Wendy (Robert) and four sons, James (Anja), Mark, Jeff (Angi) and Andrew (Andrea) and seven grandchildren (Samantha, Kevin, Nyle, Dawson, Kyle, Matthew and Oliver) and his brother Brian. He was predeceased by his siblings Ruth (Parrott), Shirley (Harrison) and David, and will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a cherished brother-in-law to the Miller family. The family wishes to thank Dr. A. Patterson and Stephanie from the Stouffville Palliative Care team for their wonderful care and support. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, Oct 25th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora. A service celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Friday, Oct 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home followed by a reception at Kings Riding Golf Course, 14700 Bathurst Street, Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation or Covenant House Toronto would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Thursday, 25 October , 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, 26 October , 2018
  • Reception Friday, 26 October , 2018

Dr. James "Jim" Arthur Leonard Gordon

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Edward Parent

23 January 2019

Dear Mary, Andrew and Gordon Family:

Nanette and I are saddened to hear that Jim has left us, in October. We were away at the time and just heard the news.

I am sorry to say that after the initial thoughts of loss, I smiled…because that was Jim. He always brought a smile to your face, and that is the memory I hold.

He was a great support when I was Chairman of YCH, now Southlake, and we accomplished a lot, with his support and we had fun in the process.

God bless him. He was a wonderful example to so many, and loved by all.

Ted & Nanette Parent

Diane Kent

31 October 2018

Dear Mary, so very sad to have learned of your loss. Jim was as unique as they come and everyone loved home at Southlake as you must know. He was always in the best of humour, sharing a joke or two when he came into the emerg dept. then showed great caring and concern for each of his patients. Just loved working with him , he will be truly missed by so many. Not everyone leaves this life with so much love from others, it was a great pleasure knowing Jim. My sincere condolences.
Diane Kent
Emerg Nurse

Leslie Calvert

27 October 2018

My sincere condolences to Mary and Andrew. It was with great sadness I heard the news of Dr. G's passing. My time working for Dr. Gordon was the best part of my medical secretarial career. A kind, compassionate man with the greatest sense of humour.

Marilyn Basdeka

25 October 2018

We have so many wonderful memories of Jim from our time as neighbours on Sutherland Drive. Jim was such a caring and warm man and always so much fun to be around. He really did light up a room. We are so sorry for your loss. Having lost Dwan a couple of years ago, we know how hard this time is for all of you. Our prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. When you are up to it, I would enjoy catching up with you and sharing more memories. You can reach me, Marilyn at (416) 443-3325.
Fondest Regards,
Marilyn Basdeka, Julie, and Alyssa (and their families)

Mark Schwan

25 October 2018

Jim was one heck of a funny guy. Being my uncle in-law I was fortunate to spend some great time with him over the years and enjoy his unique sense of humor. I always was amazed at how someone with such a prestigious career as a doctor could yet be so funny lol. Jim always had us thinking. We are so fortunate to have had such a great man and a humorous sole to share our lives with. I will miss him. My heart is with Mary and Andrew and Jeff and Mark and the entire family in this time of release. Life is two dates and a dash and Uncle Jim made the most out of his Dash !! Big hugs.

Mark Schwan

Jim Piper

25 October 2018

Dear Mary, Andrew & family~

Our sincere condolences on Jim's passing. His sense of humour, curiosity and care for others as well as his presence made for wonderful memories at the cottage. Jim will be missed.

From our family to yours, we send lots of love during this difficult time.

Love Jim & Shari

Jane Lynes

24 October 2018

Dear Mary, Andrew and Family,
It was with much sadness that I learned of Jim’s passing. It was such a great pleasure knowing you both as very involved and supportive parents when Andrew was attending Pickering College. Jim’s warmth and wonderful sense of humour could always be counted on. To both of you, and to all of the family, please accept my very deepest sympathy at your great loss.
Jane Lynes

Jim Schwan

24 October 2018

Greetings Mary,Andrew & Family,
Donna & I send our sincere condolences on Jim's passing. Jim always had the natural ability to light up a room in his quiet way with his awesome humour always appropriately said.We know the last few months have been a difficult time Mary & we wish you good health & happiness in recovery from Jim's loss.You have a wonderful family & I am sure the Miller family,especially Susan will be there to support you. Newmarket & area has lost a true professional & one loved by many both in the medical field & the community.Sending hugs & best wishes.
Jim & Donna Schwan.

David Schwan

23 October 2018

Uncle Jim will be missed by many. He was a very thoughtful engaging man that was always interested in those around him. His sense of humour and kindness always made family gatherings fun and enjoyable.

One of my first memories of Uncle Jim was a dinner at their place (Mary and Jim). Someone decided that the turkey would be best cooked on the BBQ (probably Jim). A first for everyone there. As the time to sit for dinner approached we all heard a BOOM from outside. Jim came sheepishly back into the house and softly informed us that the BBQ had extinguished itself some time earlier. He tried to relight it not realizing that the BBQ was now full of unburnt propane. The resulting ignition had enough energy to lift the turkey from the grill and send it onto the lawn. We eventually did eat the bird that night, albeit with a little grass as garnish.

Condolences to Mary and Andrew and Jim's family. His positive attitude touched so many. He will be deeply missed.
We will share a Scotch again one day Uncle Jim.

David Schwan

Marie and Arnie Newton

22 October 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
It has been too many years since we have seen each other, Jim always filled the room with his wit and laughter. There are many happy memories to share.
Please pass on our condolences to your family from both of us.
Marie and Arnie Newton