Gordon William Schnick
July 5, 1938 – April 27, 2021
The family, friends and community of Warburg are deeply saddened by the loss of a legendary character in Gordon William Schnick, who died of cardiac arrest on April 27th at age 82. Gordie was incredibly loved for his generosity, honesty, sense of humour, and unbridled zest for life. He was a pillar of the business and sports community, a loyal friend, and an immensely cherished family man. He was a constant positive influence on everyone and his laughter echoes forever in our hearts. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Phyllis, sons Derek (Shawna) and Danny (Alina), granddaughter Jordyn, brother Wilfred (Sylvia), sisters Eleanor and Carolyn (Ken) and numerous kin. He was predeceased by his son Roddy (1983), granddaughter Camryn (2003) and sister Linda (2013) and brother-in-law-Kurt 2016.
Gordie had friends all across the communities and farms from Leduc west, having met as a Warburg Lumber customer, a horse event, or just a random meeting. He made friends everywhere and left an indelible impression. He was instrumental in getting minor hockey going in Warburg, and spent many hours building up the arena, coaching and riding wing as an elite sniper for the Warburg Grizzlies. (It is well-known that he also had an elite slash that involved a 360 degree wind-up). Gordie and his brother Wilf sold the lumber yard in 1992 and took an early retirement. He was able to hobby ranch, mountain ride with the Fern Crik Social Club, travel extensively with Phyllis from Inuvik to Arizona, get together with family, take every opportunity to play crib and have a beer with all comers, and amble about with his trusty dog Boots, taking coffee and shooting the breeze with anyone who would have him. There is no doubt Gordie will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
Regrettably, a traditional funeral is not possible but Gordie was not much for them anyways. He always said, “you know, I expect a few tears when I go but what I really want is a big party with lots of good laughs and stories”. A celebration of life befitting his wishes is planned for late August. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Warburg Union Cemetery or STARS ambulance.
Please find many family photos and memories, a video the family service held for him.
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Gordon William Schnick
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May 19, 2021
I just read his obituary in the Warburg Target. I just wanted to say it was a touching tribute to him. He reminded me of my dad who also had a great love for people and especially horses. He will be missed. You kids were lucky to have him as a Dad. As I was also lucky to have mine. So many thing we learned from them🐞.
Karol & Norm Froom
May 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time