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GORDON NEIL MCLENNAN (published on February 14, 2009)



GORDON NEIL MCLENNAN Gordon Neil McLennan, in his 83rd year, passed away peacefully at home on February 5, 2009. He faced his struggle with determination, resolve, inner strength and humor, all traits of the way he lived his life. Gordon had 55 years of marriage to his wife Audrey, who survives him. His pride and joy were four wonderful daughters, Sandra (Bob), Donna, Janet (John), and Laurel, and four loving grandchildren, Allison, Douglas, Derek and Alexandra. Gordon is also survived by his four siblings Mary, James, Jean (Glenn) and Jack (Mary) along with his nieces and nephews who have very fond memories of their uncle. A railroader with CNR for 44 years, Gordon truly loved his chosen career. His varied experiences generated a wealth of stories, which were always told with style and humour. In early boyhood, he showed a keen and continuing interest in many sports, but track and field became his second passion. His participation as a distance runner throughout his Armed Services and University days led to a Jim Daly/Mack Murray/Gord McLennan team. His confreres will recall the organization of indoor/outdoor meets at Sargent Park, Minto Armories, and the Arena. The amateur athletic unions that they and others created helped to lay the groundwork for Winnipeg's audacious staging of the very successful 1967 Pan Am Games, which cost a mere 8 million dollars. Respecting his wishes there will be no service. Instead, Gord would be pleased if all his CN colleagues, his Wildewood golf and curling buddies, and the wide circle of lasting friends would pause for a moment and remember the fun and good times shared. Special thanks to the nurses and staff on 3 South at the Victoria Hospital for support and encouragement. Heartfelt thanks from the family to Dr. Cam Lowden and to the many community nurses and home support workers for their compassionate and tender care, enabling Gordon to be at home. In lieu of flowers, donations to The United Way (3rd floor - 5 Donald Street Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T4) or The Salvation Army (P.O. Box 1932, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R2) would be sincerely appreciated. To place condolences, and to share your stories and memories online, please log on to www.mosaicfunerals.ca


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