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GORDON VAN IDERSTINE

Born: Dec 05, 1926

Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2017

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GORDON VAN IDERSTINE Our much loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017. Gordon is survived by his wife Shirley, his children, Sandra (Ben), Lauren (Ralph), Grant and Helga; grandchildren, Erika (Tyler), Brigit (Ru), Stefan, Greta, Robyn (Gavin), Julia and Micah; and great-grandchildren, Soren, Poppy, Blake and Frejya. Also survived by Shirley's large close-knit family, Peter (Ali), John (Monica), Kris, Jennifer (Dale), and Paul (Nadine); grandchildren, David (Jess), Mathew (Hayley), Hans, Chloe, Britta, Leif, Anders, Jens and Aislynn; and great-grandchild Ryan. His daughter-in-law Shelleen (Eldon) and son Connor remained close as did his sister-in-law Elaine and her children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy and his son Keith. Gordon was born in Winnipeg on December 5, 1926. He remained a proud Winnipegger for his entire life. Gordon was a very special man and led a wonderful life. He enjoyed every minute and he loved his family dearly staying in active contact with his extended family until the end. He was fun-loving, enthusiastic, had a positive attitude and was always thinking of others. In his work life he began a successful career at Revenue Canada where became Chief of Estates and Trusts. Upon his retirement he continued his career as an independent accredited appraiser. He was very athletic - participating in many sports himself and supporting his children and grandchildren's activities as a volunteer and coach. Of particular interest to him were golf and hockey, although he also coached baseball and speed-skating and played tennis late into his life. Gordon had a strong sense of community instilled in him by his parents. His father JD was the Reeve and later Mayor of St Vital. Throughout his life Gordon assisted numerous relatives and neighbours who encountered illness and hardships. He called, visited, drove people to appointments, took them out for meals, provided financial advice and support. Gordon maintained friendships, some of which date over 70 years, and a sincere interest in the lives of others. He and Shirley enjoyed many shared passions and interests including cottaging, winters in Arizona and more recently in Palm Springs, golf, bridge, travel and attending family events across the country where they were often at the center of the dance floor. The family wishes to extend a huge thanks to Gordon's grandchildren, especially Anders who learned to play cribbage with him and assisted him at home over the summer as well as to the many family members and healthcare providers who cared for him with kindness. There will be a funeral service at Thompson "In the Park". We invite friends and family to join us in celebrating Gordon's life. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to Shirley, and the Van Iderstine family on the passing of Gordon. He was a unique and inspiring individual. Gordon's love of life and family, and his sense of fun and adventure was infectious. His positive outlook on life was a lesson to us all! He will be dearly missed by many, for he was truly one of the good guys! Love Ralph, Joanne, Perry and Owen - Posted by: Ralph Einarson (Nephew ) on: Aug 23, 2017

  • We offer offer our condolences to the family. May you always treasure the memories that you have made and shared with this special man. - Posted by: Har Bouwman & Claudette Moquin (acquaintances) on: Aug 22, 2017

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