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OBITUARY

Gordon Beecher Weld

26 November, 193221 January, 2021

Our beloved Father, Grandfather, our ‘Pepaw’, passed peacefully on January 21, 2021. Most of us get one father in this lifetime and as it goes our Dad, Pepaw, Gordie and ‘Uncle Gordie’ to so many, was beyond what we could hope for. He had many accomplishments, but none so important as his ability to connect, really connect, with people who crossed his path in life. Those who met him experienced a person unlike anyone they had met before. Whether through his professional career, or going about day to day life, Dad was curious about people, the world, and how things worked. For his family, he was someone you just wanted to be near. You didn’t know what the day held for you when you were together with Dad. However, you knew it would be full of adventure, silliness, and gentle life lessons. Born in Toronto, Gordon was the second child of Beecher and Catherine Weld and brother to Caroline and Robert. High school years were spent at Rothesay Collegiate and then onto Dalhousie University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia, graduating with a P.Eng (mech) in 1955. It was at Dalhousie that he had his heart stolen by a pretty Education student, Peggy Fraser. Married in 1956, they moved to England so that Gordon could study for his masters in engineering at Sheffield University where they welcomed their first child, Elizabeth. Following completion of his degree, they returned to Halifax. Busy days followed raising their four children Elizabeth, Elaine, Rob and Patty. Gordon taught at Tech from 1957 to 1962, when he joined the architectural firm that ultimately became Webber, Harrington and Weld. The firm quickly became successful, designing and building many of the schools, university buildings, malls, and hospitals in the region. Gordon was involved with many professional associations including APENS, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and ASHRAE, which was a valued part of Gordon’s professional and social life. At conferences throughout North America Gordon and Peggy established many special friendships that lasted a lifetime. Gordon was made a fellow of ASHRAE in 1986. A love of boating was woven through our family life. The sea and his ability to share his knowledge of it brought him profound pleasure. He and Mum boated extensively around the Maritimes and the Eastern Seaboard. He was in his element ‘messing around in boats’. Mum and Dad welcomed John, Angela and David into our family and all seven grandchildren who followed: Jeffrey, Thomas, Gordon, Elizabeth, Tineke, Jenna and Patrick and very recent addition great-grandson Henry who arrived on January 22nd 2021. They had a deep and strong marriage and a loving commitment to one another which, coupled with an open door policy, drew a wide circle of family and friends. As children came along they enjoyed time with other couples, especially close friends Larry and Elise Doane and Johan and Barbara Koppernaes, bareboat chartering in the Caribbean. In mid-life they took up downhill skiing with much enthusiasm and enjoyed travel to interesting places. Dad had a special and unique relationship with each of his children and grandchildren. The smile on his face at the dinner table as he teased and laughed with his grandchildren was a joy to behold. We have all benefited from little parts of his character, personality (silly or wise) and outlook on life. With his ‘Maggie’ he created and fostered a solid foundation for our family who take joy in each other’s company and seek out ‘Pepaw-ish’ things to do together. Life was good but Dad made it better. People sought Dad’s guidance, whether it be regarding the challenges of everyday life or the angle of your boat ramp. When looked to for advice Dad wouldn’t always give a direct answer, but by the time the visit or conversation was finished you knew which direction you had to go. A private family ceremony will take place on Thursday January 28th. We will have celebration of his life later in the year when it is safe to do so. To view or place an online message of condolence please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com Those wishing to make a memorial gift might consider the Dr. Elizabeth Weld Memorial Bursary, Faculty of Medicine (902-494-8801), or the Heart Function Clinic through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. A special thanks to caregivers that were so important to making him comfortable in recent months and the compassionate staff of the palliative care unit 7A VG Hospital. It is wonderful how one single person can create so much fun for so many others.

“He didn't tell us how to live; he lived, and let us watch him do it.”

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Brian Colgan

21 February 2021

Hello,

Just offering my condolences to the family . Gordon and I go back quite a few years, he hired me as a junior draftsman in 1970. Gordon was all about his family and over the years we worked very closely together and that became very evident.

I had a good career, still doing a bit of Quality Assurance with the firm. I give Gordon full credit, your father had this kind and nurturing spirit that kept me involved and reaching for more education about the entire building/design industry.

Oh, but this not ll about work, we had so many times, like the infamous ‘office boat rides’, especially the one where he landed on George’s Island, the police sent out a patrol boat absconded your father, and were on the way to Windsor Park, but they must have had a change or heart and returned him with a stern warning. Then there were the Office Christmas Parties which were legendary .

I could go on, but I just wanted to let you what an amazing man he was, and he touched many lives,

Take care , again my condolences, his life was well lived and well loved.

Best
Brian Colgan

Gary Ward

12 February 2021

I want to extend my sincere condolences to The Weld family. In addition, I had a medical consultation with Elizabeth many years ago, and was so impressed with her manner. I have never forgotten her.

Jim Holland

5 February 2021

A truly great man.
Always funny, charming and someone who seemed genuinely interested in getting to know people. I cannot think of Nova Scotia without thinking of Gordon.
The best hand shaker I ever met, he would place his second hand on top of yours and look you right in the eye.
Devilishly funny and at unexpected times. I loved playing pranks on him because of his genuine reaction and desire to get you back.
I consider myself lucky to have met him and most of my fondest memories of my 5 years in Halifax were with and because of Gordon.
My wife and two sons were all enamored with him.
I truly cannot think of another man I would want to emulate more. Someone to aspire to be like. A gentleman. A sportsman. A friend.
He showed us all how to live a good life.

Doug Eisner

2 February 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Gord (and Peggy) at this difficult time of loss. May the memories you (and we) share bring many smiles to our faces especially when we cannot communicate in person. Affecionately, Doug and Jackie Eisner and our families too: Jay, Dara (Wayne) Candace (Mark) and Paul (Sue)

Les Currie

1 February 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing.
So many fond boating memories with Peg, Gordon & family within Halfax Harbour, Mahone Bay and cruises to & from Florida.
The Obituary is a fitting tribute to a wonderful person.
He will be sadly missed.

Cindy Woodgate

1 February 2021

Elaine,

I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time.

Sincere condolences,
Cindy Woodgate

Pascal Batiot

31 January 2021

My thoughts are to the Weld family. Gordon was kind, and a gentleman. Have very good memories of Gordon boating, and seeing him at our Club. I always admired his home on the North West Arm when sailing by frequently. Bon vent, Gordon.

Pascal Batiot
Outport member, AYC
Bernieres sur mer, Normandy, France

Caroline Rance

30 January 2021

I have lived in England for at least 60 years and except for visits either way and occasional phone calls. So my memories of him are from 80 to 90 years ago!
We were born 16months apart and I was the boss although I was very shy. We always had to do what I wanted until I was sent to nursery to give Gordon a rest. While I was there I said nothing until I got home and I re-enacted everything with Gordon.
When mummy bought a hand mincer I convinced Gordon she was going to mince him up for daddy’s sandwiches!!
5 years later little brother Bobby arrived, by then Gordon could stand up for himself and fight back. With time they teamed up against me and teased the life out me. Gordon went to boarding school, Bob went to high school and I went to McGill to study physio. Ending up in England where I had 4 children and now have 9 grandchildren and 9.75 great grandchildren.
Our children always loved spending time in Halifax although they were always wary of Uncle Gordon as he maintained that he HATED KIDS!!!!!

Dorothy MacCulloch

30 January 2021

Dear Elaine, Rob, Patty, and all the family;

I was so sad to hear of your dad's passing.

I have such fond memories of the Bloomingdale days and feel so fortunate to have lived just two doors down!

I was always welcomed with open arms, lots of laughter, boating
and sitting around the table telling stories.

Sending you my sincere condolences at this time.

Dorothy MacCulloch


Douglas Edwards

30 January 2021

Michael and I were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was one in a million. When ever I think of him, I see him and his granddaughter (can't remember which one) setting off from his dock on Christmas afternoon in a small row boat - both of them grinning from ear to ear !! Sending big hugs to all.

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