As a former Queen’s Scout, Gord always lived by the Boy Scout rule, “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it” in his family, business and community life.
In 1973, Gord left Sarnia to begin a B. Com. program at Queen’s University, where he met his future love, Jennifer de la Bastide. He proudly fulfilled his dream of joining PriceWaterhouse to become a Chartered Accountant in 1977. This led to a successful, multi-phased career in public accounting, banking, consulting, and finally wealth management. As a Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcleod, his integrity, personal commitment and dedication to serving his clients earned him widespread respect, trust and admiration among his clients and business colleagues.
Gord was devoted to his family and those close to him. He proudly spoke about his family and their accomplishments. He was happiest spending time with those he loved, and always made time for fun. He encouraged his daughters to dream big, set high goals, exceed expectations and was always there to provide support. Gord was a sounding board for many, provided thoughtful advice, and lived his belief in the importance of perseverance and positive thinking, a value instilled by his late mother Bernice Hines.
Gord never turned down a challenging home improvement project, and believed anything was possible if you were willing to extend significant ‘sweat equity’. He was often called on by family and friends, and was ready and willing to use his extensive and much envied tool collection.
His passion and love for sailing was founded at an early age and followed him throughout his life. He combined this love with his dedication to community service. During his 30 years as a member and Past Commodore of the Etobicoke Yacht Club, he drove many initiatives, including the AccessBoom Sailing program for children with disabilities. He was most content raising the sails and cruising on his Catalina 42, “Favourite 3rd Child.”
Gord knew how to put a smile on your face with his great sense of humour. He was greatly loved by family and friends, who admired his strength and courage. His determination to live life to its fullest was an inspiration to us all. We are tremendously grateful for the care provided by Dr. Lillian Siu of Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Danny Enepekides of SunnyBrook Health Sciences Centre and their dedicated teams.
Resting at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, Toronto, on Thursday November 14th, 2013, from 3–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday November 15th, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Kingsway Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway at Prince Edward, Toronto.
In Gord’s memory, donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (Dr. Lillian Sui), or the Ontario Sailing Association (Etobicoke Yacht Club, AccessBoom). On-line condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca.