OBITUARY

JAMES ALEXANDER JORDAN BASc, P.Eng.

May 13, 1925January 8, 2021

James Alexander (Alex) Jordan BASc, P.Eng. Passed away peacefully at Etobicoke General Hospital on January 8th at the age of 95, after a brief illness. Alex was a highly respected Professional Electrical Engineer (P.Eng. U of T 1951) whose professional experience began at Toronto Hydro in 1952. In 1968, he joined East York Hydro as Chief Engineer, then became the General Manager in 1987. Alex was past District 4 president for the AMEU, member of the IEEE, MEA and Chairman of the Toronto Board of Examiners for the Electrical Workers licensing Master Electricians.

Alex joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age 18 and was a wireless mechanic for Hawker Hurricane planes in Gander, Newfoundland and later in St. John’s at the control centre. He was a proud WWII veteran giving speeches in schools and proudly wearing his medals. Alex was dedicated to his family, very active in the church, loved planes, travelling, gardening and talking about anything technical or electrical.

Alex will be lovingly remembered by his wife Murdeena, his children Joanne (Michael), Howard, Shelley (Jim), Robert, Douglas and Grant. He was a devoted grandad and great grandad to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care for their compassionate care the past few years. Private services entrusted to Giffen-Mack Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held later, to celebrate Alex’s life. Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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

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Mabel Sansom

January 22, 2021

Dearest Murdeena and family - so very sorry to hear the news of Alex's passing. He was such a lovely man so kind and gentle and a good friend of our family. We know he will be missed so very much and sending our love at this time. I am sure all the wonderful memories will be a great source of comfort and joy. Love Mabs and Brian

John Dawson

January 19, 2021

Murdeena
I was sorry to see Alex's notice in the newspaper. As you know, I had the pleasure to sit beside and learn from Alex for 12 years, from 1972 to 1984, as a junior Engineer at East York Hydro. I also recall you being in the other end of the building, Murdeena. Alex was truly an inspiration to learn from. I am sure it was his knowledge that helped me go on, to work at Scarborough Hydro, and then operate my own Lawn Sprinkler business.

Unfortunately, I did not know he was at Tony Stacey, or I would have gladly visited him, as it is nearby. My wife is sure she saw him occasionally, when she visited there. I repair electrical items, at the Legion next door.

I also admire him for speaking in the schools, about the war, as my uncle also loved to do this. We were fortunate to watch him do it. You could hear a pin drop, and the kids asked so many questions afterwards. I can easily imagine how Alex would have excelled at this.

The world is a better place, for him having touched it.

John Dawson, P. Eng.

Jim Shepherd

January 17, 2021

Dear Alex,
I am fortunate to have had you in my life for close to 40 years, after meeting your daughter Shelley!
I always enjoyed our time together, whether it be sharing a round of golf, engaging in a conversation, or you answering my endless and ongoing questions on every wire and electrical connection between the generating station and the relay panel in my house… I could always count on you for the answer.
I particularly enjoyed our conversation on the changes you have seen in our world since your childhood. You responded to my curiosity and helped me visualize those changes in technology and lifestyle that occurred during your life. From your descriptions of the constant soot on the window sills, in the winter, from coal heating; to witnessing T. Eaton Company horse-drawn carriage crossing the Gerrard Street bridge every morning; you helped me create a mental image of days gone by. In your 95 years, horse drawn wagons picking up the garbage transformed into the mechanized machines today, picking up and sorting our waste. To me, the change is mind-boggling, and you were able to witness it all.
I am so grateful for your wisdom, integrity and strong values that I saw mirrored in Stephen and Brian as they grew. You taught by example and we were very fortunate to have you and Murdeena in our lives. You supported our family during difficult times and often cared for the boys to allow Shelley and I to have some quality time. I have fond memories of the special moments we shared when we traveled and vacationed with the two of you.
It was my privilege to have known you; such a kind, gentle and loving man. You will always have a special place in my heart.
You will be missed...never forgotten...until we meet again.
Much Love,
Jim

Terry and Anne-Marie Graham

January 17, 2021

Dear Murdeena,
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
It was always a pleasure to see you both at the "HORAN FAMILY GATHERING, at Brenda and Carl’s Farm.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences,
Terry and Anne-Marie Graham

Robert Johnson

January 16, 2021

Alex/Grandad,
I was extremely happy when you came into Mom’s life. I have watched over the years how you have treated her with love and respect like a true gentleman would. You always stressed the importance of education and hard work, encouraged us all to do our best and reach our goals. You have been such a positive influence and role model for all of us, and will be truly missed. Thank you for being an amazing father and grandad.
May you rest in peace.
Love Robert, Michael, David and Eric

Laurette Parent

January 15, 2021

Alex was a true gentleman.... I was on the board of directors for our condo with Alex a few years ago .... Always such a well informed man, and it has been a joy to have known him.

Tracey West

January 14, 2021

My most heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. May cherished memories of Alex help you to heal in the days to come.

Grant Johnson

January 14, 2021

To my Father,
You have been an amazing father to me and grandad to Alex. You have been a great role model and teacher. You have taught us many lessons and shared your wisdom – love, kindness, responsibility, class, and engineering skills with Lego.
The world is a better place because of you! It is your time to take your next journey to Heaven, where I am sure you will help God to improve Heaven's infrastructure through your engineering skills, and help tend to his garden:)
Love your son,
Grant

Alexander Johnson

January 14, 2021

To Grandad,
A wise man who has taught me many lessons.
Thank you for being an amazing Grandad.
Love Alex

Murdeena Jordan

January 14, 2021

To my dear husband Alex,
You have been a wonderful husband, father, grandad and great grandad. I am thankful we have had an amazing life together. Tall, dark, handsome and romantic, you showered me with love and affection. I will miss our daily conversations, but I know you are going to a better place.
All my love,
Murdeena

FROM THE FAMILY