William Gordon Bacon
December 28, 1944 – September 27, 2019
Wm. Gordon Bacon Ph.D, P.Eng. FCAE Emeritus
December 28, 1944 - September 27, 2019
Born the son of a professional geologist Gord spent his formative years in Langley, Malartic, Sydney Australia, Victoria, West Vancouver, and Calgary. This early experience of moving from place to place was to become a continuing theme in Gord’s life. There weren’t many places on a map one could point to which Gord hadn’t visited.
After earning a degree in Mathematics at UBC, Gord continued on at the same institution to earn a Bachelor of Mineral Engineering and a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering. Gord earned $1000 scholarships to pursue his studies from both Kennecott and Stelco. A very substantial amount at the time and a testament to his brilliance. Gord also financed his education by working at the Pine Point Mine NWT, and for Kennecott in Ely Nevada. Upon Graduating Gord worked for the International Minerals and Chemical Corp, earning two promotions during his two year stint.
In 1972, Gord capitalized his expertise in metallurgy to found Bacon Donaldson Associates, a company he grew from a partnership to an employer of seventy five. Upon selling this business he moved on to become the Vice President of Technology for Sherritt International. Gord then went on to serve as Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Inco. During this time Gord was also an active member in many professional societies, and mining organizations. He also served as an adjunct professor at UBC and on advisor boards for Queen’s University and UBC.
Not one to rest upon retiring, Gord provided expert consultation to numerous major global mining companies.
Gord was also an enthusiastic and highly accomplished fly fisherman. He was a long-standing member and captain of the Canadian Fly Fishing team, competing for his country in countless international competitions. For many years Gord held the distinction of holding the highest individual ranking for a Canadian fly fisherman in world competition. When this standing was eclipsed, he couldn’t have been more proud and excited for the former team-mate who took over this distinction.
Remarkable as Gord’s career and personal pursuits were, his greatest achievement was the number of enduring friendships he formed and maintained during his life.
Gord will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Marion Bacon, his stepchildren from a previous marriage; Jennifer (Reg) Ryan and Toby (Shelley) West, and grandchildren, Mitchell, Steven, Jake and Ryan. Also by his sister Barbara (Craig) Peters, niece Lindsey (Scott) Hunter, and in-laws Doug and Anne Stuart.
Gord’s celebration of life will be held in Kamloops BC, at a future date.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
William Gordon Bacon
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October 17, 2019
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Gord's family and friends.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gord when he served as my captain on the Canadian National Fly Fishing Team that competed at the 2005 World Championship in northern Sweden. We became great friends and traveled the world together as teammates while representing Canada at numerous national and international fly fishing championships.
Gord was a great teacher and always willing to share his knowledge with anyone that was willing to listen. His knowledge of fly fishing and passion for our sport was inspirational to me and everyone that had the pleasure to spend time with Gord, both on and off the water.
I am going to miss watching how gracefully and accurately he could cast a fly, and will always remember the joy that I saw in his eyes and excitement I heard in his voice whenever he hooked into a fish, regardless of its size!
I am sure that Gord is now in a much better place, where the sun is always shining on his face and the wind at his back, the trout are always willing to rise to his fly, and there's always plenty of room for a long backcast...
October 17, 2019
Throughout much of my life, I can’t seem to remember a time that Gord was not there to support, love and guide me. He was my champion, he loved me unconditionally and was my rock when I needed it. His ability to listen and offer sound advice was monumental to me. For me there wasn’t a time I made a career change or other major decisions in my life without talking it through with him first. I was so fortunate to have him love me as his daughter and be such an influential part of my life and the life of my children. I am beyond proud of every amazing accomplishment he achieved. I will desperately miss our talks and time together; the memories I will hold in my heart forever. Gord was my dad, although not biologically he was my dad in every other way. I miss him so much.
No one can ever replace you, Gord. I love you and thank you for being an exceptional dad by choice.
October 14, 2019
Gord and I met 1961 when we were 16. We attended Western Canada
Then we went to UBC and graduated 1n 1967 and married the same year.
We went to Esterhazy where Gord started his career in his chosen
I have very fond memories of our years together.
Gord reached his goals and more and was very prominent in his work and
My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
God bless, Gord
October 12, 2019
My condolences to Marion and family. My memories of Gord were through the Kamloops Fly Fishers. I remember that Gord was a generous person and was always willing to help out with club functions. He came out numerous times to help take kids from the YMCA fishing at Walloper lake. Another memory was when I mentioned to Gord that I had Bob Sheedy's lake fishing book but wished I could have gotten his Top 50 patterns book. At the next meeting Gord threw down a new copy of the book. When I asked how much I owed him he smiled and said "nothing". Another time he gave me some of his fishing "gadgets" I was admiring. RIP Gord.
October 9, 2019
My kindest personal regards. I was one of the 67 Mets. You may recall we shared a little boat cruise with you a Gord on Okanagan Lake during our 50th reunion in Kelowna. Having spent most of my time in Eastern Canada we did not have a lot of contact, but over the years we did get together with the gang more often than not when I came to the west coast. I always had a lot of time and respect for Gord. Spent a few summers working in the met lab for Coast Eldridge Engineers an Chemists, sort of a forerunner of his Bacon Donaldson business. He will be missed, but my good memories continue.
October 7, 2019
Our most deepest sympathies on Cousin Gord's passing. Gord was a great cousin and we shared many a wonderful conversation about our Grandparents, Parents and the island on Pavilion Lake. Having a ten year age advantage he had a much better recollection of family events and I must say I loved every story he shared with me.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Barb and Craig.
Dougal and Lori Shewan
October 7, 2019
I first met Gord as a metallurgy undergraduate at UBC in the late 70s. Gord was finishing his PhD, but Bacon & Donaldson was already a going concern. Gord was a hit in open-houses at UBC promoting metallurgical engineering, his passion was infectious. A colleague of mine joined Bacon & Donaldson in 1980, and already, back then, he was amazed at the expertise wielded by the two principals. Later Gord and I were together at Sherritt, where he made many contributions and was a mentor to me. After his retirement, we still bumped into each other at professional get-togethers - you guessed it - often involving fishing. I have many fond memories of Gord over the past decades. The world has lost a preeminent metallurgist and a great guy. Sincere sympathy to wife Marion and Gord's family.
October 6, 2019
Gord was a mentor to me and many others. Most recently Gord mentored me in Bone Fishing Fly Patterns and New Zealand Fly Fishing where he loaned me several books on the topic. These are my next two expeditions.
Gord travelled the world and fished just about everywhere imaginable. He was a wealth of knowledge.
I first met Gord when he was on Team Canada for the 1993 championship held in Kamloops and area. Their team suffered a flat tire and during the process they broke their lug on the wheel while travelling to Knouff Lake practise venue. I pulled over and drove their Members to Knouff Lake where we used my BCAA card and got a tow truck.
Gord eventually joined the KFF and our first fishing trip was to the Adams River.
Gord was a Director on the KFF Executive when I was President. He also held positions with the KDF&GA and the BCWF.
Gord was my alternate on the KGHM Ajax Community Advisory Group.
Our last fishing trip was the KFF fish out at Tunkwa Lake on July 10th. We had talked several time since & I told Gord to let me know when he was feeling better and we would get another fishing trip in during the summer.
Our favourite fishing lakes were; Roche, Peterhope, Ross More, Jacko & Howard. Rivers; Coquihalla, Adams and of course the Thompson for Steelhead. We didn’t always catch fish and that’s why it’s called fishing, but our fishing days were always enjoyable thanks to Marion’s chocolate chip cookies and raspberry muffins.
We often talked about Thompson River Steelhead and Gord critiqued my letters and produced a graph for them. Gord was on the KDF&GA Steelhead Committee.
Our favourite place to meet was Starbucks by BMO. We talked about TRS, KGHM, and our next fishing trip, told stories about previous fishing trips and talked about life in general. This is where I’m completing this letter from Starbucks.
Thanks Gord for everything.
Tight lines and God Bless.
Leonard P. Piggin
Your Fishing Bud.
October 6, 2019
To Marion and all of Gord’s immediate/extended/surrogate family,
My most humble, sincerest and heartfelt condolences and wishes in this time of difficulty and sorrow. No doubt, however, you will all have moments of joy and fond memories whenever you recall the many experiences and journeys you all shared with this unique human being, “Gordo” (as I used to call him). Godspeed to the occurrences of smiles and grins soon eclipse the memories of sorrow.
Gord and I shared a lot of time together. We traveled as colleagues (he was always my boss and never made me feel that way). We spent time together on virtually every continent and I can only recall fond experiences; work/personal, early mornings (later evenings)……Gord would often recall personal memories and experiences on these trips, speaking of Jenny and Toby often; he would always look forward to returning home and sharing holiday seasons with friends and family……we even managed to get some work done as well……which is quintessential Gord Bacon. The only flaw I can recall with Gord is not being able to ever find Mulligans; however being is co-pilot in that damn orange pathfinder…..I really did not mind, even though I always gave him the gears about it.
A truly unique individual; unselfish, giving, solemn, joyful, caring, gregarious. An adviser, mentor, guide, a friend. A titan of industry; esteemed and highly respected by all professionals he ever came into contact with. In short, just a wonderful human being. He was a true friend to me and I am a much better person having being fortunate enough to have met him and known him for over 20 years. Until we meet again……keep well, keep fishing and keep laughing.
Peter Lee (from the Inco years and beyond)
October 5, 2019
I first met Gord in 1970 when he was one of our lab instructors in the Mining department. He was intense but we got on right away. After graduation I stayed on to do graduate work and this is when I became more closely acquainted with him. We were both doing test work after hours and on weekends to make an extra buck and at some point started to work on one project together. This encounter a few years later would result in both of us being flown to England by Scotland Yard to testify in a fraud case. Some serious memories here Gord!
Eventually ,I finished school and joined Bacon Donaldson which had been just recently formed, shortly becoming a partner in the firm. For the next 18 years we worked on all sorts of crazy projects together but it all worked as an apprenticeship for the rest of our careers. After selling the company in 1992 we went down slightly different paths staying in touch just occasionally. When we met up about four years ago we reminisced about the past, like two old friends would.
The notice of his passing left me with a sincere sense of loss. So many memories. You will always stay in my memory old friend.
October 5, 2019
From his time with Inco, from 1997 to around 2005, I vividly remember Gord - not just his hearty laugh, timely jokes and a down-to-earth personna, but also his trust and unyielding support for our work. Even though he was several levels more senior than me at the time, I felt him like a close friend and a trusting colleague. Oh, and he also played Santa at the Christmas party for the Inco kids in Sheridan Park. He will be very much missed.
D Bruce Gemmell
October 5, 2019
I've only known Gord through association with the Kamloops Fly Fishers, for the last couple of years. I found him to be a kind and generous soul. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Tight lines, Gord. I know there will be fishing in Heaven.
October 4, 2019
I met Gord at UBC – the Mets and the Miners shared a building – then we went into grad studies in the new building, but I did not see much of him because he was busy crushing rocks. We reconnected at a fab shop I worked for, and after a year or so, he and Ken asked me to join Bacon Donaldson - so I accepted, of course – 1977, I think. We rented the first Bacon Donaldson office from Warnock Hersey on Quebec St. in Vancouver. A few years later, we built the new office on Columbia St. That is when Gord got more into mineral processing, as well as continuing his work in failure analysis.
I remember many things, but one of the best was his laugh – it drew people to him. He was down to earth and would do anything that needed doing. He and Harry started the machine shop down the alley from the Columbia St. office. Between the two of them they got the machining right as we became a top quality machining and testing lab. We then built the new office in Richmond where mineral processing expanded, and he continued doing failure analysis. He could take on anything, such as the icebreaker Kigoriak crank shaft failure on the Beaufort Sea.
We had some fishing trips up on the Sunshine Coast with the core people of Bacon Donaldson, catching a few salmon, but mostly just having fun and playing nickel ante poker on the Alibi Wahoo.
When he started work for Sherritt Gordon, and then Inco, we lost touch for some years, but reconnected through his email jokes, and at the Met and Mining 50th anniversary two years ago, when he came with Marion.
He was a leader with endless optimism, and I will miss him and his laugh.
October 4, 2019
I was blessed to know Gord through business and also share several weekends fishing with him at Grenadier Island, along with his friends and colleagues. His wit and wisdom were many of my fond memories of our times together. He will be missed, but long remembered.
His friends at Stebbins
October 3, 2019
W. Gord Bacon had outstanding abilities in science and technology, was highly energetic and uniquely cared for the people around him. Trusted and liked by all, it was a joy to work with Gord to achieve Inco’s common goals. He was a very experienced, well-travelled, colorful and transparent person of high integrity.
I miss Gord dearly as a true friend and colleague.
October 2, 2019
Having known Gordy from Engineering at UBC in the early 60's, we crossed personal and professional paths for nearly 60 years. I had the pleasure of guiding Gordy on Alberta's famous Bow River a number of times, fly fishing for large trout. To quote a famous line from a famous fly-fishing story, "he was a fine fisherman". Very fine.
October 2, 2019
I knew Gord through a mutual passion for fly fishing. He was Captain of the Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams that I was lucky to be a part of in Sweden, Portugal, Finland, New Zealand and Colorado.
I was so very fortunate to have Gord as a fly fishing mentor and friend. Gord was a generous and genuinely good & kind hearted man; he was always telling fascinating stories, had a great sense of humor, and had one of the best laughs of anyone I've every met. I will miss his friendship, sense of humor, and his big-picture view of life.
My sincere condolences to Marion and his entire family.
Rest in peace Gord!
October 2, 2019
My memories of Gordie (as we called him then) are from a full, fun childhood. Catching frogs in Green Lake...his was called Tubeless. Letting a pet mouse escape in the car driving over the Granville Bridge when it ran up his mom’s leg (she was driving but Agnes could handle anything.) Visiting the Crackajoke shop...he was always looking for something for a laugh. Trying to concoct gunpowder ...we had the ingredients but not the recipe. We built a soapbox and ran it down a steep hill...right in front of a truck that barely missed us. We hid in the bush for half an hour while the furious driver tried to find us. Hope you are still up to mischief, buddy. Non illigitimus corborundum.
October 1, 2019
Passing on my sincere condolences to Marion and the entire Bacon family. I am one of Gord's coffee buddies and even though I had only known him for the past three years it was always a great day when Gord visited. Stories and laughs were always plentiful and I will always treasure those good times, the fishing and mining stories, and the interest he took in the many friendships he formed.
It is a sad day to learn about his passing. I share your grief. RIP Gord, you made a difference and will never be forgotten
Rick Wile, aka The Bear