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Gordon Gooding passed away quietly on September 5, 2023, with his family by his side.
He was predeceased by his wife Anne in June 2023 after 71 years of marriage. Left to mourn the loss are their children: Lisa Hastings; Kevin (Anita); Paul (Teresa); Michelle Rowson (Ken); and Gordon (Michelle); their grandchildren: Sasha Bargen (Graham); Lana Hastings (Adolfo DaCosta); Colin (Jess); Raea Gooding (Troy Lange); Max Gooding (Christy Rouault); Josh Rowson; Tess Rowson (Tyler Paci); Tanner (Chloe Baptista); Silken Gooding (Maverick Rafter) and their great-grandchildren: Prim and Bo Bargen, Eleanor Dot and Casey Jude Gooding and Selah Valentine Rafter. He was predeceased by his infant son, Michael, in 1954.
Gordon was born in Winnipeg and spent the first 20 years of his working career in electrical engineering where he became Electrical Supervisor with the Winnipeg School Division in 1962 before moving to become General Manager of Medical Arts Building Limited from which he retired in 1990. He earned the designations of ACIS and P. Adm. During the 1980s he served as chairman of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Branch of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Canada. Gord loved music and sang publicly for over 70 years at more than 100 weddings and funerals. He began as a choir boy in the Anglican Church, was tenor in a United Church choir and soloist at a Catholic Church. He sang in the Mikado, with the St. Andrews male voice chorus, other choirs such as the Philharmonic and was tenor with the Fort Garry Four for over 40 years. In later years, he and his wife along with another couple, formed the Two by Two and conducted singalongs for seniors. Gordon's second home was Victoria Beach where he and Anne first had a cottage on 4th Avenue and then upon his retirement built a new cottage on Scott Drive where he, amongst other things, finished the walls and ceilings in tongue and groove knotty pine. At that time he could be found most summer days at the golf course in the morning with his buddies before returning to the cottage to work in the afternoon, which he totally enjoyed. Gordon and Anne travelled with friends and family over the years to the UK, Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, most of Canada and parts of the US and after retirement escaped to Victoria, BC each winter for some 20 years.
GG was a living pillar of stability, humility, unwavering commitment to his family, and a man completely satisfied with a minimalistic, simple life.
GG was like a tree in a forest. Easy to be around, nurturing, rooted, and part of a larger community of other trees - all grateful to be in one another's presence.
Our family recently had a wonderful Celebration of Life for our Mother where not only was Dad able to talk to all their closest friends, but they got to see him as his best. He even sang.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 09, 2023
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Dear Lisa, Anne has been my friend since grade school. I am 93 years old now and have great memories of the fun times we shared. I was a bridesmaid when she & Gordie were married. I was married in 1962 and Gordie sang at my wedding.. In 1963 my husband David & I moved to San Jose California where we raised two daughters. No cell phones then but we managed to keep in touch & she and Gordie visited our home & we visited them a couple of times as I still had family there. We lost touch during the pandemic and was sad to hear of their passing today of such wonderful friends. Lorraine - Posted by: Lorraine (carrier) Urshan (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2023
Dear Lisa, Sending love to you and your siblings and families as you live this second big passage in a few months. It's almost fifty years since I came to live in Transcona for two very formative years in my life. Your parents were always so welcoming, their home full of life and laughter. In return visits to Winnipeg over the years, they remained interested in all that I was doing and warm in their welcome and support. With gratitude for all your family was for me in those years, and sending love and prayers for you all at this time and in the days and weeks to come, Eileen Glass (Brisbane, Australia) - Posted by: Eileen Glass (Friend) on: Sep 10, 2023
Frank & I loved being at Gord & Anne parties singing our hearts out & visiting with them at their cottage. The boys would go golfing Anne & I would have long walks, great long talks & ride bikes to the small stores & Bakery. In the evenings we played cards, sang old songs and had so many laughs & deep discussions. I loved my long talks with Gord on the phone and calls from him thanking me for sending him email jokes. We will miss him & Anne both as friends with whom felt so much love from. Although sad to see Gordon go, It gives so much happiness & peace to our hearts knowing that Gordon will once again be joined with the women he has been in love with over 71 years. Go forward friend Until we meet again. - Posted by: Frank & Helen Torchia (Long time friends ) on: Sep 09, 2023
My father was a Barbershopper also and when we went to the annual show, I always looked forward to the Fort Garry Four's performance. It was always a joy to see them perform. My deepest condolences. John Brenan - Posted by: John Brenan (none) on: Sep 09, 2023
Dear Lisa and family. We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you. Your Dad’s legacy to his family is certainly rich and far reaching. His light will shine on for many generations for his modelling and engagement with others. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Charlotte and Don Livingston and family. - Posted by: Charlotte Livingston (Friend ) on: Sep 09, 2023
So sad to hear of Gord’s passing. His kind heart and beautiful voice was a big part of my family’s life for those 40 years (and well beyond) as my dad Ed Laurie sang with him in the Fort Garry Four. A truly gentle soul and a life well lived. Grace and Larry Hoskin and Family - Posted by: Grace and Larry Hoskin (Friends) on: Sep 09, 2023
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