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Gordon Morrison

April 25, 1930 - April 28, 2018

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Born on April 25, 1930, in Winnipeg, Gord (as he preferred to be called) was the third child of John and Pearl (nee Kennett) Morrison.  The children, Ken, Pearl and Gord, were born 5 years apart, so he barely knew his older brother until later on in life, but the older children were very fond of their little brother.

Gord was predeceased by both parents and both siblings, his wife, Joan, his second son, Robert (Bob ) as well as his sister-in-law, Dorothy, nephew, Jaimie, his brother-in-law, Harvey Peterson, and his niece, Arlene.  Left to grieve are his sons John (Connie), Dave (Leni), daughter-in-law, Linda (Bob, deceased), grandchildren: Robin, Heather (Patrick), Stephen, Claire and Aidan, as well as his long-time companion, Yvonne and her two children, Michelle and Terry, as well as nieces and nephews: Wayne, Joanne, John, Gordon, Karen, Catherine, Leigh, Ian and their spouses and children.

As a teenager and young man, Gord loved to play hockey and contact sports.  His hockey career took him to Trail, B.C. where he played a season with the Smoke Eaters in the late 40’s, before being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens Training Camp. It was then he realized that hockey was more violent a sport than he cared to pursue so he returned to Winnipeg.

He and his high-school sweetheart, Joan, were married and raised 3 boys. He loved taking them on camping trips to different parts of the country, rain or shine.

He became an accomplished accredited real estate appraiser, as well as competent in real estate sales, and over the years, was hired by different financial institutions in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Montreal and Calgary, going through a series of personal highs and lows and, finally ending up in Edmonton. That’s where he met Yvonne, and in the fall of 1987, they started their journey together.

After his retirement from Mortgage Manager at TD Bank, he returned to appraising residential properties in the Edmonton Area for a few years. Vacation time was often spent visiting family on either side, but often just relaxing in the sunshine in the beautiful South Okanagan. It was natural then that in late 2000, they should retire in Oliver, a quiet little town with plenty of outdoor space which he loved. Sports were still a big part of his life, so they joined the newly-opened Inkameep Golf Course, and Gord eventually took up curling in winter. Having a keen eye for colour coordination, it wasn’t unusual for Yvonne to ask his opinion on the right combination for a quilt she was putting together at any particular time. Gord also had many friends. And, most of all, he had a simple faith that he lived, and a contagious sense of humour shared with those closest to him.

Unfortunately, in mid-2013, Gord began showing signs of dementia and balance problems and shortly thereafter, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Yvonne always remained at his side and became his sole caregiver, until the latter part of 2017, when his health took a steep decline and he needed hospitalization, followed by long-term care. Thankfully, there was a facility nearby that would eventually accommodate him, with Yvonne not far away, ever advocating for him.

Gord will be missed by his family and close friends who loved him dearly. He wanted to thank all our wonderful neighbours and friends who spent time visiting him, loving, encouraging and humouring him, and bringing him little treats to enjoy.

The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Evans, Dr. Davidson, the staff at South Okanagan General Hospital, McKinney Place, and particularly the ever-diligent and caring staff at Sunnybank Centre for the wonderful care he received.

His ashes will be spread in a private ceremony on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipeg, near his family of origin, a spot very dear to his heart. Rest in peace, dear Gord, we love you.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sunnybank Centre, 36657 79th St. Oliver B.C. V0H 1T0, or to Parkinson’s Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Al and Gail Odne
Relation: Friend

Sincere sympathy Yvonne and family. Gord helped many on his journey “One Day At A Time”. Your in our thoughts.
Al and Gail Odne.

From: Bruce and Linda Schroter
Relation: Lived in Cherry Grove

Our deepest sympathy to Yvonne during this difficult time. May God comfort you with the support of caring and loving family and friends in Cherry Grove.

From: Betty- Jo Hetherington
Relation: Friend and neighbor

Gord was such a wonderful man and special neighbor. I enjoyed so many visits with him while he was in care and truly will miss him. He is at peace now and in The Lord’ s tender care. Yvonne has truly been an amazing support and my prayers are for her and the family at this time.

From: John Goodrich
Relation: Golfing buddy and friend

With sincere sympathy Many happy memories .
John and Joyce Goodrich

From: Karen Peterson
Relation: Niece

Sincere condolences to Yvonne and our cousins (John and David) and all other family on the passing of our Uncle Gord. He will be missed by all our family. RIP

From: Gord Peterson
Relation: nephew

Reading through the obituary of Uncle Gord evoked many vivid memories of when we first heard our cousins were moving to Montreal. Mom always bragged about her little brother but I had no memory of him when a blond, crew-cut man showed up at our door one day. As I recall, he was a big man, with a hearty laugh and it didn’t take long for any of the kids in our family to warm up to him. The fact that he and I shared the same name cemented our bond. He was an avid sportsman and two of his sons were about the same age as me and he promised we would have fun together and we did. To help with the fun, he “donated” his goalie pads and I remember many days with Bobby, David, John P. and myself playing street hockey long past dark using those pads. It was great having cousins living so close, especially those so involved in sports. Once they moved back to Winnipeg, however, I fell out of touch other than the occasional indirect contact. Mostly it was through my dad, who kept us apprised of Uncle Gord’s moves and the various events of John M., Bob and David and Aunt Joan. I met Yvonne through my dad’s eyes and Uncle Gord seemed so content and happy. My heart goes out to Yvonne, John, David and all the others in Uncle Gord’s life. I can’t help but remember Uncle Gord as a positive, smiling presence – fun loving and active. As I discovered from my reaction to his passing, his impact remains. Rest in peace Uncle Gord. Thanks for being a part of my life!

From: Leon LeChasseur and Lynda Miller
Relation: Yvonne's brother

Condolences to my sister Yvonne and Gord’s family. We will miss his pleasant personally.

From: Fernand & Louise Poulin
Relation: friend

So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing, Yvonne. He was a well liked man and a good friend

From: Wende Arnett
Relation: Friend of Yvonne's

Our thoughts are with you. Thinking of you.

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Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sunnybank Centre, 6553 Park Drive, Oliver B.C. V0H 1T4, or to Parkinson’s Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Thank You Notice

The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Evans, Dr. Davidson, the staff at South Okanagan General Hospital, McKinney Place, and particularly the ever-diligent and caring staff at Sunnybank Centre for the wonderful care he received.

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