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JAMES (JIM) FINDLAY GORDON (published on October 25, 2008)

JAMES (JIM) FINDLAY GORDON Born in Glasgow, Scotland, March 06, 1926 quietly passed away at home in Duncan B.C. on October 14, 2008. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jim, loving husband, father and friend. To the end he maintained his fine mind, great sense of humour, keen interest and enthusiasm for life. Jim grew up and went to school in Glasgow and Edinburgh. After serving with the Royal Navy in the South Pacific during the Second World War he finished his education at Stow Engineering College becoming a journeyman plumber. He emigrated to Canada in 1952 and embarked on a long career involving plumbing, pipeline construction and management. The pinnacle of his career came as project manager for the building of the new town of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba, an achievement that won a Governor General's award. He valued education, encouraging his four children Alan, Jane, Robert and Sheila to enrich their lives. In Winnipeg he served on the St. Boniface School Board being instrumental in establishing French-immersion. Moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 1980 he met and courted Jacquelin on his white Honda motorcycle. They married and he started Morgan Rand Construction Management Ltd. that included son Alan and stepdaughter Laura. While living in Port Coquitlam Jim was president of the Lions and a volunteer. Jim and Jacquie's many travels brought them in 1991 to begin a new life and friendships in the Cowichan Valley. Stepdaughters Laura and Maria further enriched their growing family with four new grandchildren whom Jim enjoyed teaching soccer, baseball and golf. Jim became known as "Mr. Fix-it" and was always there to lend a helping hand, even to complete strangers. In Duncan he enlarged his interests and friendships through association with the Royal Canadian Legion, Royal Naval Ass'n. and Newcomers Club. He served on the Board of Mount Brenton Golf Course where he was a regular player. He was a frequent user of the Library and an avid fan of the Oak Slo Pitch team. By his forthright manner and good humour, love of people, books, politics and golf, he always left people smiling. He will be sorrowfully missed. Predeceased by sister Sheila and parents Robert and Robina Gordon. Survived by loving wife Jacquelin (Zack/Johnstone) Gordon; stepdaughters Laura Fougere (Don); Maria Johnstone-Messer (Rick); children Robert Gordon (Colette); Jane Gordon (Wally); Alan Gordon; Sheila Hartman (Neil); sister in-law Naomi Johansen; niece Lia Vanrenen (Peter); nephews Steven and Richard Haavik (Colleen); Gordon and Graham Buchanan (Susan); grandchildren: Brent and Katie Fourgere; Jacob and Sharri Messer; James Gordon (Amanda); Melanie Norris (Jeff), Tim and Kevin Lawrence; cousins in Ontario, Britain, and USA. A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 1at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Community Baptist Church, 1839 Tzhouhalem Rd., Duncan. B.C. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 100-394 Duncan St., Duncan BC V9L 3W4 or the Christian Blind Mission Int., Box 800, Stouffville, ON L4A 7Z9 are appreciated. " ...wi' a' thy charms, I clasp my countless treasure..." R. Burns TELFORD’S MID-ISLAND MEMORIAL SERVICES 1-866-503-5553


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