October 26, 1927 – May 2, 2018
Gordon left us in his 90th year and is deeply mourned by Mary Ann, his wife of 61 years; his sons David (Marilyn) and Colin; his granddaughter Amy; his sister-in-law Margaret; and extended family in Ontario. He was predeceased by his brothers Douglas and Donald and his sister Betty.
Gordon was ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in 1956 and served in Biggar, SK, Banff, AB and Knox Presbyterian in Calgary. He devoted twenty years of his ministry to providing affordable housing for seniors and families through his work with Interfaith Housing. In his retirement, he conducted services for Orkney Presbyterian Church near Drumheller.
Gordon will be sorely missed but he will always live in our hearts.
A Private Service will be held for the family.
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May 13, 2018
May 13, 2018
Mrs. Mary Ann Firth and family
c/o South Calgary Funeral Centre
Dear Mrs. Firth and family,
Grace and peace to you in name of Jesus Christ.
It was with sorrow that I noted the passing of your husband, The Rev. Gordon Firth.
I rejoice in his ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada, serving congregations in Biggar, SK; Banff, AB; and Knox Presbyterian Church in Calgary . And in retirement at Orkney Presbyterian Church. His twenty years of service at Interfaith Housing made a difference in the community as he worked to provide affordable housing for seniors and families. For his service to the church and the community you should feel pride.
I pray that the God of all comfort will be near you, offering you the hope of the resurrection which is the heart of the Christian faith and the promise of the Holy Spirit’s presence to strengthen and support you.
May the assurance of Psalm 23 be very real to you at this time: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
In the hope of the resurrection,
Moderator, 143rd General Assembly
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
May 9, 2018
Sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
From Mary & The Galbraith Family
May 8, 2018
I first met Gordon when I had just become a teen-ager and he was travelling the country as a student in the Knox College Choir. We became friends and exchanged letters. From me they were about my new calf that he met while being billetted in our home; from him they were encouragement as I headed for the ministry. Subsequently I succeeded him at Knox Calgary. I got to witness his unpretentious love for the poor. When the project of adopting the "boat people" in 1979 entered the presbytery's activities, he came up to me at a meeting and gave me a little contribution. I looked, for a second -- awe-struck -- at the $100-bill in my hand, then lifted my eyes to extend profound gratitude, but he was nowhere to be seen.
BOB and JOAN CRUICKSHANK
May 5, 2018
Our sincere condolences to Mary Ann and family on hearing of Gordon's death
We want to recognize and honour Gordon's life and ministry, as well as his friendship and support during our years at Trinity
Church. Memories of how much we enjoyed the hikes he led for us "un-fit" types!
Gordon understood Mother Church - warts and all! - yet remained a humble -and questioning - servant.
Our prayers for Mary Ann..so many good memories of 61 years together.
Sincerely...Bob and Joan C., Medicine Hat AB,