Gordon passed away peacefully on July 30, 2020 at 99 years of age in Brandon, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy, and is sadly missed by their three children Don (Rosalynn), Valerie (Gord), and Drew (Jacquie), six grandchildren Jonina, Melanie, Mark, Scott, Matthew, and Christine, and eight great-grandchildren.
Gordon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the oldest of three brothers. He was predeceased by his parents William and Gertrude Thompson, and his brothers Leonard and Howard. Gordon grew up in the north end of Winnipeg and attended Isaac Newton High School. After graduating high school he started working for Manitoba Telephone Systems, followed by serving his country with the Canadian Air Force that included a posting in Greenwood, Nova Scotia as a radio technician during the Second World War. Following the war, Gordon launched a long career in radio and television broadcasting with CKY Radio (1945) and CBC (1948) in Winnipeg. He began his career as a sound technician in radio and later as an audio technician in television with CBC, followed by a move into television commercial sales with the CBC that extended until retirement in 1983. He met his future wife Dorothy while working at CKY radio station. They married in June 1947. Early married life included a move from Winnipeg to Toronto with CBC, followed by a move back to Winnipeg where Gordon and Dorothy settled and raised their three children. Gordon and Dorothy moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1998 where they spent their remaining retirement years together.
Gordon was a devoted husband and father who lived a wonderful, full life enriched by hobbies, travel and many friends. He had a passion for music and loved playing the piano, and will be fondly remembered for his talent entertaining friends and family. Gordon enjoyed playing cards and socializing with his circle of friends and relatives. He had a love of the outdoors that included backyard barbecues and picnics, golf, fishing, family camping trips, and hosting friends with wife Dorothy at their summer cottage in Lake of the Woods, Ontario. Gordon always enjoyed helping out at his daughter and son-in-law’s farm, and drove the grain truck for them at harvest time for several years. He had the gift of good health extending through most of his senior years, and Gordon was fortunate to have experienced many wonderful winter snowbird escapes, family visits, and memorable adventures travelling the world with Dorothy.
His family wishes to express their gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, as well as Dr. Duncan, for their passionate care provided to Gordon. We also wish to thank the management, staff and residents of Riverheights Terrace for their care and support.
A private family burial will be held at a future date.
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