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Gordon Willson

March 27, 1929 - August 9, 2011


On August 9, 2011, Mr. Gordon Stewart Willson of Okanagan Falls passed away at the Moog & Friends Hospice House in Penticton at the age of 82 years.
He was predeceased by his father George in 1979; his mother Kate in 1992 and his brother Donald in February 2011.
Gordon will be fondly remembered by his family including loving partner Thelma; his son Brad (Bette); grandchildren Marina and Tyler; brother Bob (Maureen); sister-in-law Elaine Willson; Thelma’s son Stewart (Shauna) and their child Jen, and her children Kaden and Kiera; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Gordon was born in Edmonton, AB and over the years worked at an oil refinery; as a salesman and sales manager in equipment sales; operated boat marinas on Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake; manufacturing fibreglass canopies and fenders for trucks; a small market garden and in retirement he owned, trained and ran thoroughbred race horses.
Gordon was the epitome of community involvement. His volunteerism included President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 227 in Okanagan Falls; the Penticton Elks Club; vice president of Friends of Desert Park in Osoyoos; he was a member of the Penticton Curling Club when the current club was built. He was a charter member of the Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society. Gordon was always a willing worker for all clubs and organizations. He was an avid and serious curler, also helped out instructing and coaching and was interested in all sports. Gordon was an elder in the United Church in Edmonton. In his youth he played in pipe bands in Edmonton and later in Penticton and was in the Army Reserves in Edmonton.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday August 27, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 227, Okanagan Falls with Legion Padre Nico Montalbetti officiating. A reception at the Legion will follow. A private urn interment and committal was held at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the Moog & Friends Hospice House, 1701 Government Street, Penticton, BC V2A 8J7 or Penticton Regional Hospital Oncology Department, 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton, BC V2A 3G6 or a charity of one’s choice.
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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Jim MacNaughton
Relation: friend

Dear Thelma- it was not great news to go on the Nunes-Pottinger web site and find out that Gordon had died- I quess even though I don’t live in the Okanagan anymore( now in Saskatchewan) you and Gordon are on my ” will always be remembered “list.. We had some great laughs along the way, some very ” tall” tales and discussions that took kin religion , politics and horses and betwen the three of us, drank enough coffee to sink a ship- I will miss Gordon and wish I could have been there for you in a ministerial and friend capacity, but that isn’t possible as we are just starting harvest- my thoughts, love and fond memories are with you always— lots of love and Blessings— Jim

From: Doreen Bartrom
Relation: friend from the curling club

Hi Thelma, Seems like it was only a couple weeks ago that I saw the two of you at the grocery store. I had no idea that Gordon was not well. May he rest in peace. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you. My prayers are with you.

From: Jerry & Pat Lawrence
Relation: Freind

Thelma, It has been our pleasure knowing Gordy, he was a very special man and our lives will be sad without him. Gordy always had a smile for us & a joke or story to tell us. Our love goes out to you and the family. my Gordy rest in that special place. Love always

From: Jerri Ide and The L/A -R.C.L. Br. #40.Penticton
Relation: through Thelma

Dear Thelma,her family & Gordon’s Family: Please accept our deepest condolences. It is always so sad to lose someone as nice as Gordon.He will be missed.

From: Sandy Walker
Relation: Friend

Wayne and I send our condolences to you Thelma and your family. Gordie did a lot for the organizations in Okanagan Falls and I enjoyed the times we volunteered together. Hugs!

From: Jan Hobbs
Relation: friend

Dear Thelma – I always looked forward to you and Gordie coming to Kamloops for the horse racing. It was such fun to swap old stories and create new ones. Our lives have crossed many times as you were such a good friend to my Mom then to me. Please accept our sympathies for you & your as you deal with the hole left behind by Gordie’s death. Much love from Jan & Rod

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 27, 2011
Beginning at 1:00pm

Okanagan Falls Legion Hall
5009 - 12th Avenue
Okanagan Falls, BC Canada V0H 1R0

A memorial celebration of life service will be officiated by Legion Padre Rev. Nico Montalbetti at 1:00 P.M. Saturday August 27, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 227 Hall, 5009 – 12th Avenue, Okanagan Falls, BC.

5009 - 12th Avenue
Okanagan Falls, BC Canada V0H 1R0

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