March 31, 1956 – September 2, 2021
Gord touched the lives of many. Whether through family, business, or sport, Gord had an impact on all who knew him.
First and foremost, Gord adored and was deeply loved in return, by his wife Pam, their daughter Chelsea (Tristan), and granddaughters Fiona and Jocelyn. They were truly his reason for living. Gord had an exceptional bond with Chelsea that words cannot describe.
Gord was a much-loved brother to Dave (Suz), a son to Jim and Jean Burdge (predeceased), and son-in-law to Alf (predeceased) and Eileen Lockwood.
In addition to being a devoted husband, Dad, and “Bubba”, Gord was a remarkable warrior, battling through a host of severe health challenges. Gord’s battle began in 1989 with a diagnosis of leukemia. He then required a bone marrow transplant which in turn necessitated scores of other medical interventions.
After a year of dialysis, in 2019 Gord received a kidney transplant (thanks to brother Dave). Gord demonstrated an incredible tenacity and resilience, carrying on, with the unwavering support of Pam, when most of us would have long given up.
Few people really appreciated the extent of his health issues, a testament to his strength and stamina.
Gord was also a successful businessman and partner in Alpha Roofing, earning the respect of his employees and peers throughout the roofing/construction sector of Vancouver Island. But Gord wasn’t all about work; he liked to “play” too.
Gord was a natural and gifted athlete. As a younger man, he played hockey, was a speed skater, an excellent golfer, and later in life he developed a love for fishing. Gord spent countless hours “watching the rods”. Particularly over this past year, the ocean was a place of solace for him.
It is impossible to individually thank all of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers that provided Gord with exceptional and extensive care over the years, but the family is deeply grateful to each of you. They want to offer a special thanks to Dr. Michael Schachter and his team for carefully coordinating Gord’s care over the past few years.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider registering as an organ donor (https://register.transplant.bc.ca/) or making a financial donation to the Peninsula Streams Society (https://peninsulastreams.ca/support/).
No service is planned at this time due to COVID-19.
Gord, Dad, Bubba, you are loved and missed beyond words.Obituary
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