OBITUARY

Gordon Davidson McKee

February 20, 1941April 8, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gordon Davidson McKee announces his peaceful passing at home.

It was Gord's wish to be at home with his family and he was blessed to have his wife and daughter by his side at the end.

Gord is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary, daughter Patty McKee and son-in-law Martin Tune of New York City, son Ray McKee, daughter-in-law Donna and grandchildren, Austin and Minnie of Winnipeg, sister Sue Petersen of Dauphin, brother-in-law Allen Pasquale of Toronto and several cousins and nieces and nephews. Gord was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Al and Mae McKee of Dauphin, and sister Sally Pasquale of Toronto.

Gord was born and raised in Dauphin, Manitoba where he attended Henderson Elementary, Smith Jackson Jr High, Dauphin Collegiate Technical Institute and continued his education at United College.

Gord was born with some physical challenges and his parents were pioneers in fighting for his rights and providing him opportunities at a time when our society didn't have the awareness that we have today. He and his sisters, Sue & Sally, were raised believing that he could do anything that anyone else could do if only in a different way. Gord was a true champion of a man, loved and respected by everyone he met. He was a born leader and brought friends and family on many unexpected adventures.

From sister, Sue: "He gave everything he had and his love was a true gift that had no boundaries. You can finally run with the giants, free and with endless energy. We will meet again."

Gord's career started as a junior structural draughtsman at Dominion Bridge and he retired as Office Supervisor of the Structural Department at Manitoba Hydro after 35 years of employment. Gord treasured his close friendship with Jose & Carol Fagundes, among many others that began during his time at Manitoba Hydro. Throughout the years , Gord has created and cherished many friendships, including the Geezers' Club and the gang at the Jolly Mug.

It was at United College that he met his future wife, Mary Empey. They were married in 1965 and began their family in 1966 with the birth of son, Raymond Alexander followed almost exactly one year later by daughter Patricia Mae. While they struggled in the early years as a young couple when nobody hired "handicapped" people , Gord and Mary were always rich with laughter and love and went on to build a long and happy life and family together.

Gord gained the new title of "Papa" with the birth of his grandson, Austin and granddaughter, Minnie both of which he treasured and always spoiled with love and attention. He truly was a "GR8PAPA".

Everyone who knew Gord received the gift of his unique outlook on life.

A Celebration of Gord's Life will take place at a date to be announced later this summer.

Services

  • A Celebration of Gord's Life will take place at a date to be announced later this summer.

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Betty Anne McBride

April 8, 2021

Mary, It is hard to believe a whole year has passed since Gord's death. I think of him strumming his old guitar and singing Peter, Paul, and Mary songs. I also think of all the stories Jack shared about their growing up shenanigans in Dauphin, Manitoba
complete with wheelchair races. They had a lot of fun. Good memories for sure.
Hope you are adjusting to your new reality. Love to see you again,
Hugs, xo Betty Anne

allan rice

April 17, 2020

Gordon and I worked together at Manitoba Hydro for many years. You could not find a better friend. He was always upbeat and dependable. Robin and I send our sincere condolences to the family.
Allan & Robin Rice

Geoff Borsboom

April 13, 2020

Mary, Raymond, Patty and families,
I am so so sorry to hear of Gord's passing. He was my work mentor as a father figure, someone to strive to emulate in character. He was also my Hydro Monday breakfast partner for a number of years where we shared laughs and reminisced, and he would always be interested in what projects I was working on. He was the consummate conspiracy theorist with a humorous position, and probably now knows what's actually going on on the dark side of the moon.
I hadn't seen Gord in a couple of years, and miss our breakfasts. I sit here welling up thinking about him, realizing how real this is. I will miss you Gord, and will look you up on the other side. Reserve a table!
Your co-conspirator,
Geoff

Pat Mohr (Goshulak)

April 13, 2020

To Gordie's family, whom I wish I knew, and to Sue, an old friend from Dauphin. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Gordie (as I knew him). I never really lost touch with him, as he worked close to where I live and I would see him on occasions when we would both go to the same Chinese restaurant housed on the MB Hydro property. Blessings to all. Pat Mohr

Betty Anne McBride

April 12, 2020

I was shocked to hear of Gord's death. Our usual Christmas communication did not happen as we were away. Gord was the Best Man at our October 1966 wedding and my late husband, Jack's BEST buddy growing up in Dauphin, Manitoba. He had an indomitable spirit, great sense of humour and a musical talent we often enjoyed.Our living in Guelph, On. did not afford much regular personal visits but those we did share, were special and memorable. My heart goes out to you Mary as I know how much you loved him and were always by his side. I also know the pain of losing your spouse, a kindred spirit. Next time I am in Wpg. I will definitely look you up.
Peace to you my friend and to your family,
Hugs,
xo Betty Anne McBride

Pat Faust (McBride)

April 11, 2020

Jack, was my brother and spent a lot of time with Gord in school years. They were the best of "buds."

If I am not mistaken, I think the two of them wanted to restore a car in our backyard. Not sure whatever happened with the car but they sure had fun.

Sorry to hear of his passing.

Pat (McBride) Faust

Lyle Arnould

April 11, 2020

Firstly, Gord's death was a shock to us all and we think of your whole family and wish there was something, anything we could do! When I think of Gord I smile. We were friends thru almost 60 years and memories from MIT to now will always bring a warmth to my heart. So many good times, so many laughs. The group of us were close to being brothers, thru good times and bad! Gord will always be with us!!!