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Hamilton Harron Funeral Home

5390 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

OBITUARY

Gordon Earnest Charles Forrest

June 24, 1943September 2, 2019

Gordon Earnest Charles Forrest, of Vancouver, British Columbia passed away suddenly in Bucharest, Romania on Monday September 2, 2019. Gordon was born June 24, 1943 and passed away at the age of 76.

A viewing for Gordon will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Hamilton Harron Funeral Home, 5390 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hamiltonharronfunerals.com for the FORREST family.

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  • Viewing Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Patrick Kelly

September 20, 2019

Gordie was one of the first people I met when I first moved to Whistler in 1980. As a result he and I and Nancy became good friends . A no nonsense guy who with an intellectual side that made every discussion lively and interesting . Our many road trips to play golf , the debates on politics and cultural change , and of course an occasional beer at Tapleys to just discuss the issues of the day are some of best my memories of Gordy . I was so sad to hear of his passing .

I will miss you my friend and my heart goes out to Nancy and his Family

Lisa Harrington

September 19, 2019

Uncle Gordie has always been an inspiration to me and I loved his free spirit.
My first memory was when I was about 8 years old and Nancy and Gordie were visiting the UK. I was so excited that my amazing uncle, who I thought of as 'the intrepid explorer' was coming to visit.
Gordie has always been up on a pedestal in my world and I loved him so much. He was very kind and generous when I stayed in Canada. He taught me to ski, drive a Pontiac on the wrong side of the road and eat sushi.

We are so grateful to have had him in our lives and the time spent together.

Thinking of you Nancy, Chris, Aleisha, Audrey and Miriam.
Sending all our love.
Lisa, Roger and Rowan
Xxx

Richard Thwaites

September 19, 2019

Uncle Gordon ( or Crash Gordie as he was known by his mates at The Old Boot in Whistler) was one of life’s special people.

No fuss, no messing about just get on and do it attitude. He was instrumental in me nearly emigrating to BC whilst still a teenager.

I have many, but not enough, memories of the times we were fortunate to be in his company. My first abiding memory was when he was trying to teach me to ski. After about half an hour the most salient point came out, ‘just turn the pointed bits down hill and go a fast as you can’ seemed to work well.

Another one is when at one Christmas at my parents house when one of my daughters went to him for a cuddle and buried her hands in his big beard firmly believing he was Father Christmas.

Gordon was one of the good guys, he engendered trust with everyone he met and will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

The world will be a little darker without his shining light.

Our hearts go out to Nancy, Christopher and family at this very sad time.

Richard, Valerie and Children

Ivy and Keith Churchill

September 17, 2019

I am Gordon’s eldest sister and was so excited when my baby brother was born during the war. He was such a very happy and contented child who brought sunshine into our lives at that dark time. He has been an inspiration to me ever since!
Keith and I will be forever grateful to Gordon and Nancy for the wonderful opportunities they gave us to enjoy the beautiful landscape of British Columbia. They opened a new world for us and we often reminisce about our travels and unique experiences there, especially at Anderson Lake in the cabin.
Gordon will be forever remembered as a very precious brother and greatly missed by us.
Our sincere condolences to Nancy, Chris and family, especially the little ones who will find it difficult to understand, I am sure.
Farewell dear brother, with love.

Ann Drewery

September 17, 2019

I will remember my uncle Gordon holding me when I was a little tot before he emigrated. He has been a long distance uncle & I will think of him as a larger than life character. I particularly recall my Canadian holiday when I stayed with Nancy, Gordon & Chris in Whistler. We all went off to a ranch for a few days of riding, which was great. I still have the vivid image of Gordon driving his Cherokee there with beer can in hand! He loved his cultural travels both on his own & cruising with Nancy .

We send our love & support to Nancy, Chris & family at this sad time. Ann, Alistair & Oliver xxxx

Jenny Novak

September 16, 2019

As his youngest sibling by 10 years, I never knew Gordon in the early years as he had emigrated to Australia as a young man, so I only saw him on a few occasions during short visits home.

However, in latter years I began to get to know him little by little, learning from his wisdom of life. He was a great support to us after the death of our mother and I will always be grateful for him being there for us.
I will miss the excitement of his impending visits to the UK, his unwavering support, encouragement and approach to practical solutions, especially during a particularly difficult time in my life, his cheeky grin and short, cryptic emails and messages.

He was the instigator of a family project to help me regain independence after losing my car whilst living in an area with little or no public transport. Through practical assistance, determination and encouragement, he enabled me to become a motor scooter rider, even though my age was against me. This has given me so much pleasure over the last few years and helped me regain confidence in life.

I always think of him when I am riding and will miss him greatly.

My thoughts are with Nancy and Christopher during this difficult time.

With love
Jenny

Brenda Barry

September 16, 2019

My favourite memories of my big brother Gordon, were during his visit to Australia with my sister Norma a few years ago. The three of us would sit on our back steps with our porridge every morning in our pj's and we went snorkelling together while spending a week in Port Douglas. Happy, happy memories of a really lovely man.

Gordon will be forever in our hearts.

Our sincere sympathy Nancy and Christopher and family. Keep the happy memories close to get you through this terrible time.
Love always, Brenda and Glen

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