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Schoening Funeral Service

513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC

OBITUARY

William Gordon Bacon

December 28, 1944September 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.

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Todd Oishi

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...












Jennifer Ryan

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.

Dee Martin

October 14, 2019

Gord and I met 1961 when we were 16. We attended Western Canada
High School
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
field
I have very fond memories of our years together.
Gord reached his goals and more and was very prominent in his work and
reputation
My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
God bless, Gord
Dee.

Stan Ashbee

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.

Alec Bishop

October 9, 2019

Marion,
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.

Dougal Shewan

October 7, 2019

Marion,

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

Mark Benz

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.

Leonard Piggin

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.

Peter Lee

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)

Morris Beattie

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.

FROM THE FAMILY