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Gordon Zelko

July 16, 1964 - April 15, 2019

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gordon Edward Zelko, youngest child of Tony and Mary Zelko, on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the age of 54.

Predeceased by his loving wife, Kelly Zelko, and niece, Jessica Woudzia (Evan), Gordon is survived by his two daughters, Katrina and Hannah Zelko, parents, Tony and Mary Zelko, sister, Kathy Woudzia (John), sisters-in law, Daria Achurch (Peter), Darcy Kopchia (Coral), Elizabeth Kelly (Saugn), nephews Brandon, John (Amanda), Matthew, Andy, Christopher, Graham, and Brenden, and nieces, Jennifer (Chad), Alex, Jillian, and Sophie; great-nieces, Madison and Sienna-Kelly; mother-in-law Olga Ellerman; the Stukel, Dasovic and Gray families and extended family in Slovenia and the United States.  Gord spent his childhood years in Osoyoos and attended Simon Fraser University during his 20’s where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics.  He and Kelly lived on the North Shore during the 1990’s where Gord worked in the securities industry as a promotor and broker and enjoyed tremendous success at his profession during these years.  He then returned to the South Okanagan, the place his childhood, during his 30’s where he and Kelly raised two beautiful daughters and built a life together on the lake in the very home where he had spent his youth.  When Gord’s beloved wife, Kelly, passed away in 2011, Gord fully embraced the responsibility of raising his two beautiful daughters as a single father, and making sure that they had a rich and fulfilling life became his top priority.  Gord was a gregarious and outgoing individual, kind and generous with his time, and someone who possessed a razor-sharp wit that could keep everyone in stitches for hours.  He enjoyed nothing better than having family and friends gather at ‘the house’ out on the lake for boat-rides, barbeques, water-sports, summer parties and various celebrations where everyone was surrounded by love, joy, and laughter.  Gord was also a cancer survivor of 19 years, having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000.  Gord was never one to dwell on the negative or talk about pain and anyone would be hard-pressed to know that he had been stricken by this disease; he would continue to undergo regular evaluations for the rest of his life.  Gord’s absolute greatest strength was his unwavering love for family, and his enduring devotion to his parents, daughters, sister, and extended family members will serve as his legacy as we keep his spirit alive in his remembrance in the years to come.

Celebration of Life for Gord will be announced in the near future.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the BC Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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

 

 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

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

From: Slavica Krekic
Relation: Croatian friends of his parents.

So sorry you have lost your son, that is way to young to die. It is every parent’s nightmare to deal with such tragedy. Please accept our condolences, from Mr and Mrs Krekic from Penticton.

From: Dolores Fodey
Relation: Friends of Gordon's parents

Tony and Mary: Zeke and I are so very saddened by your loss. Our love and prayers go out to you.

From: Karen Barroca
Relation: Friends from our years in Osoyoos

To the Zelko Family – I am so very saddened to learn of the loss of Gordon. May God’s Love surround you and may you feel His Peace within your hearts.

From: William Plut
Relation: Friend

To the Zelko Family. I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss of Gordon. I remember Gordon from the times when we were all children and as we grew up. I wish everyone peace in this difficult time. My love to you all. William Plut

From: Brian & Betty Lee & Family
Relation: Friend

So very sorry, we remember Gordon graduated at Simon
Fraser University. Condolence to the Zelko family.

From: Mark and Natasha Schroeter
Relation: Friends of the family

Katrina, Hannah, Mary, Tony and Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. May you hold the memories you have of Gord in your hearts and minds forever.

From: Dana Terry
Relation: Friend and former Co-Worker at Richardson Greenshields

I am not sure how I came upon this site – But perhaps the Lord led me to it. I used to be a friend of Gord’s for years when we worked at Richardson Greenshields in Vancouver. HE was always the life of the party and witty and definately kept one in stiitches. I am saddened to hear that he lost his batlle with cancer and my heart sincerely goes out to his children and parents and family. Please accept my sincere condolences and I pray that the Lord comforts you all throughout your grief. God Bless you and God keep you safe in His loving arms. I pray that these Bible Verses bring you comfort:
Matthew 5:4, Psalm 34:18 and Jeremiah 29: 11-13

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