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Marlatt Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

615 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON

OBITUARY

Gord Burns

June 2, 1930November 19, 2019

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday November 19, 2019. Pre-deceased by his parents C.R. and Elizabeth Burns, brothers Bob, Bill, and much loved David. Loving husband of 61 years and 2 months of Hilda May. Cherished father of Jane (Bryan), Hilda Ann and John (Annie and son Phillip (Yanka)). Loving “Gampa” to Meghan (Scott), Katie and Emily (Chris) and great-grandfather to Rosie. Missed by his sister-in-law Donna, brother-in-law Jim (Sharon) and his many nieces and nephews. Long time elder and Clerk of Session of St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Hamilton.

A former milkman who then graduated from McMaster University in 1959. He then began a long career as a Refractory Salesman travelling throughout Ontario spending many weeks in Windsor, retiring in 2001. He was an avid antique car collector and bridge player.

A visitation will be held at the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 615 Main Street East (east of Sanford Ave.), Hamilton on Thursday November 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the MARLATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Friday November 22 at 11 a.m. with visitation an hour prior. Burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. David’s Presbyterian Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation would be appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Burial Friday, November 22, 2019

Memories

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Jim & Sharon Kenney

November 23, 2019

Sharon and I enjoyed reminiscing and sharing our memories of Gord while watching the Memorial Slideshow. As brother-in-law my first memories of Gord were when he returned from the Yukon with a giant red beard. Being a young teen and lover of the outdoors and fishing, I was very impressed he had already been to a part of Canada I had only ever dreamed of. I devoured his stories of exploring Canada’s North with great enthusiasm.

As I grew older, and got over the jealousy of my sister’s affection for him, I came to know and respect Gord as her choice for a lifetime companion. He was a man of conviction who was true to his family’s Scottish and Presbyterian values. He was also the consummate sales professional who developed a lifetime of loyalty from his customers. Many was the time he would jump in his car on a weekend or some ungodly hour to solve a customer problem. He was a great mentor for me as I pursued my own business career.

Gord was a man who commanded respect and shared his respect for others. I appreciated his advice on many an occasion, be it how to behave around women, or what was the best stock to invest in that week. Gord and Hilda fostered many lifelong friendships and I feel lucky to have been not just a brother-in-law but also a friend of such an honourable man. My condolences go to the many of Gord’s friends, loving family, and of course his beloved Hilda.

Lidia and Don Binnie

November 23, 2019

Gord was our friend for over fifty years. From the days of playing Hearts at Westdale HS to the past year he remained a constant friend ensuring that we never lost contact. His Christmas card arrived without fail every year and always contained news of family and mutual friends. When he was on the road with his sales job, Gord always called when he was in Kingston. He would drop in and we would enjoy an evening together. The last time we saw Gord was this past year at a reception for Don's brother Bruce. It was obvious his advanced Parkinson's required him to make a terrific effort to be there. This effort was much appreciated and so typical of Gord. Pass the cards Gord; the hearts are all for you.
Lidia and Don Binnie

Marsha Williams

November 22, 2019

Dear Burns family
Thanks for posting all of the amazing pictures. It was great to have a review of Uncle Gord's life and times. Two of my main memories are of Gord's sly and wry humour, a contrast in our family treadion of slapstick (Bobby, Clyde, Charlie, Dora...) and Gord's quiet caretaking when Nanny was sick and relatives were coming and going from all over, and had to be fed and chauffeured. Thanks to the uncle with the AMERICAN MOTORS car (only!). I also just remembered that Gord was a MAC grad, the first university graduate in our extended family, and that made enough of an impression on me that I did it too 10 or so years later.

I hope all of you are feeling at peace with his passing, and are enjoying the memories that the pictures bring back. Lovely to see Great Grandpa and baby Rosie, glad he was able to enjoy the pleasure of her company.

All the best to all of you and a big hug to Auntie Hilda, I hope you can rest a bit soon.

Love, Marsha

ROBERT(BOB) WHITE

November 22, 2019

Meet Johns Dad in London on a Simpsons Job when he was a Salesman for a luncheon, good guy, a great day except it was far from home. Being on the road a lot as well as us JOHN + BOB when we worked for BBS BUILDING SERVICES.
Anyway take care John + Anne.

Robert white (Bob)

MARK SHURVIN

November 21, 2019

My Father, Robert Shurvin, worked with the Burns family at Prospect Dairy. He always spoke fondly of Gord and his gentle manner. Gord is, most probably, the last of that gang. May he rest in peace.

Austin and Carolyn Arney

November 20, 2019

Gord will be sadly missed at our coffee times.

Peter Banting

November 20, 2019

In the 1950s, Don Binnie, Nancy Rounds, Paul Yamaguchi and I relied on Gord to drive us to and from McMaster in his Nash (It impressed us because it could be converted into a bed). Occasionally after classes or labs we would repair to Paddy Green’s for a meeting of our liquid “Poetry Club.” Gord had a great sense of humour, and was quick to add a succinct wry twist to a thought. He was a warm, even tempered friendly individual. Gord had a prodigious memory. He remembered details of the places and people on his milk route, class mates, teachers, industrial customers; indeed, virtually anyone he had associated with, and kept us up to date on folks with whom we had lost touch. Gord also collected artifacts: both big ones (antique cars) and small ones (newspaper clippings, old photos, school yearbooks, etc.) After he retired, Gord organized a “Coffee at McDonald’s” group that met on the first Monday of every month, and he sent monthly reminder emails to his former class mates from local schools (including Central Public, Ryerson Senior Public, Westdale Secondary and McMaster University). The popularity of the coffee group grew to include some core members who meet almost daily. It is a continuing legacy in memory of Gord Burns. We will miss you, Gord.

Bruce Walter

November 19, 2019

Gord was a rock in the community, a mentor for those who expressed a wish to learn and an easy-going individual who always listened to what you had to say. He was unshakable and never let anything phase him. He will be sorely missed.

Leanne & Bruce Walter