Gregory Craig Gordon
September 26, 1946 – November 12, 2019
Greg passed away in the early morning hours of November 12th at home with his family by his side. Dad was born in Vancouver B.C. and moved to Victoria B.C. in his teens where he’d meet our Mom at Safeway where they both worked. After marrying in 1967 and then moving to Duncan B.C. in 1972, by then with two kids and quickly settling into family life in a small town and what would turn out to be a nearly 40 year career at the Crofton Pulp & Paper mill.
It was at this job, where many friendships were made and the nickname “Boots” was given unto him. There were several cherished relations from that period that Dad made and valued and kept to the very end. One in particular, Doug Heslop along with his wife Dorothy, their advice, love, support, and friendship was valued the most.
Dad developed many hobbies over the years, he was a very artistic person and had a brilliant mind and eye for visual details. Another one of his great friendship flourished from his love for photography, Carmen Stocco was someone he spent hours upon hours with discussing and comparing technics and equipment, shutter speed and lens selection. Their bond was much more than just a single common interest they were dear friends until Carmen’s death a few years back.
Greg leaves behind his loving wife, Nancy, of 53 years; also his son Darryl (Penny) and Daughter Janyse (Miles), and Grandchildren Hayley, Anna, and Brett, his 3 younger sisters, Linda, Suzi (Barry) and Patti. Also his nieces and nephews and their families.
Dad was a complex man and couldn’t possibly be summed up in a few short paragraphs. As per his request no service will be held. We’re sure that all who met or spent time with him, he no doubt made an impact of some sort. I’m sure if he meets anyone on ‘the other side’ and they ask him how he’s doing, he will loudly respond “Lousy! But thanks for asking!” We will miss your humour Dad, hope you’re enjoying your sleep in.
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Gregory Craig Gordon
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November 21, 2019
My sister Suzi has highlighted in her memories so many of my brothers’ amazing talents which I too was inspired by his sheer determination to learn new technology and then go onto mastering it. Giving up was never an option for him once he started.
For me, Gregs love for being around the ocean and being out in nature was instrumental in changing my life for the better.
He introduced me to kayaking with a 2 hour paddle in Victoria inner harbor 20 years ago. We lucked out with a sunny day and calm seas since we didn’t know a lot about kayaking. Our next kayaking adventure 2 years later was a day paddle at Maple Bay and we were joined by Miles ( Gregs son in law) . We rented the kayaks and I asked about the weather forecast and was told to expect winds to increase in the afternoon. Well the seas were calm so out we went but within an hour the winds came up and we had to abort since we didn’t feel comfortable paddling in those conditions and headed back to the marina. We got back home and Greg said nope not doing that again.
Even though Greg did not continue kayaking, I did and thru my photos he got to explore some of our beautiful coastline. Greg having such a keen photographic eye he tried to impress upon me the how too of photography. Every time I take a photo, it’s like Greg is on my shoulder saying “look at your horizon, is it level?” He even created several wonderful slide shows with music of my multi day backpacking & kayaking trips.
Every time when my sister Linda & I would come for a weekend visit, Greg loved playing cards such as Hearts or board game called 5 in a row, which was our favorite evening entertainment for us.
I take comfort knowing my brother will always be with me especially when I’m near the ocean.
November 17, 2019
Remembering Greg ! My brother !! So much to remember!! I remember his amazing eye for details, and his blunt ways of getting his point across! He had a unique charm and funny quirks. I remember his big boisterous loud har har hars. We - my husband and two kids, also remember the outrageous natural talents he had and that we all enjoyed. From incredible scenic photography prints (way ahead of the digital era), to DJing with his great collection of tunes (he dj-ed our wedding), to the multi-dimensional graphics for the Crofton Mill, to extra-ordinary hand painted model cars/trucks, to having his gorgeous scenic enlarged photography on display at a local hotel in Cowichan Bay ,to the out of this world Fractal digital art he made for us all to ponder over. He was so spot on with mixing music !! I have oodles of tape cassettes of music that he made that flowed so well together and kept us dancing or relaxing depending on the songs he worked with.
We have so many great memories of Greg being so boisterous at our Xmas gatherings. While opening a gift he was often heard to roar “Look Nancy…Ohhhhh, I gotta box!”
I still remember the feeling of my brother Greg, yanking me up , by my hair, out of the waterfall undertow when we were up in the rock waterflows of Sooke Potholes some 56 yrs ago. He literally saved my LIFE !
If Greg was interested in something, he was keen to get the best . Like the sub-woofer that he bought from a theatre. My kids and I remember Greg introducing his new grandiose stereo sound system in his newly completed media room downstairs. Kids were 5yr and 8yrs old and they were blown away by the fantastic booming sound and danced their faces off….all the while Greg was biting his nails in Worry that they might accidently bump a speaker or component….
Suffice it to say, we shall miss him ever so much, and never will forget this strong man – a one of kind soul !
November 15, 2019
Sending my deepest Condolences. I was one of the lucky people who got to see and experience Greg’s artistic talents. He made a business card for me almost 25 years ago with a picture of me looking much older then I was. Now 25 years later I still have that business card and the resemblance is getting quite real. Lol. He had a great sense of humour. Rest In Peace my friend.