Gordon James Anderson
July 1, 1917 – January 23, 2013
Gordon James Anderson July 1, 1917 – January 23, 2013
It is with great sadness that we recognize the sudden passing of Gordon Anderson at age 95 on January 23, 2013.
Gordon was raised in Roland, Manitoba and served in the RCAF in World War II, where he met his life-long friend Al Bogie. He attended UBC after the War and after receiving his teaching degree, moved to Vernon in 1948. Here, he met the love of his life, Margaret, while teaching at W.L. Seaton School and they married in 1952.
Gordon remained a long-time teacher at W.L. Seaton, became a Vice Principal at West Vernon Elementary; and served briefly as a School Board Member and Alderman for the City of Vernon. Gordon was probably best known as a faithful writer of uplifting Letters to the Editor to the Vernon News and later the Morning Star for more than 50 years. He loved baseball, hockey, curling and telling stories and writing those Letters!
Gordon was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Margaret, in October 2012. He will be greatly missed by his four loving children and spouses, Ted (Lllian), Helen Brewis (Kerry), Howie (Lisa) and James and eight grandchildren: Gordon, Maggie and Brian Anderson, Kyle and Jessica Brewis, and Sarah, Ryley and Wesley Anderson. He will also be missed by friends, neighbors and former students, but he will be remembered by all as a warm, caring and compassionate man.
Those who wish may send donations in Gordon’s memory to the Heart and Stoke Foundation.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Gordon in Vernon, tentatively in late April 2013.