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Born: Aug 03, 1938

Date of Passing: Feb 24, 2015

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WILLIAM GORDON MESEMAN On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, with his family by his side, William Gordon Meseman slipped away into the hands of our Lord. Gordon is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda, their sons Jeff (Lora), Shawn (Belinda), grandchildren Alyssa, Alex, and Marcail, his brother Donald (Beverly), and his extended family and friends. Gordon was born in Steinbach, MB on August 3, 1938 to William and Pauline Meseman. He grew up in Piney where his father worked with the province in forestry. Gordon loved helping his dad at work and would eventually follow in his footsteps. His first job was as a compass man, counting trees in eight foot sections. He went on to Ranger College in Fredericton; and was hired immediately as a Forest Ranger after graduation. Eventually work took him to Riverton, MB where he "met the love of my life" and they were married on April 4, 1964. Over the years they moved many times, eventually moving to Carberry, MB. While living in Carberry he was the Parks Superintendent working out of Brandon, MB. A dedicated family man, he loved his two sons deeply and enjoyed teaching them how to fish and hunt. He also coached the boy's hockey and baseball teams until they reached the higher levels. Their final move was to Oakbank, MB. In 1994, Gordon retired from Parks and Natural Resources but retirement lasted only a few months before Gordon was looking for something to do. He landed a job with Club Regent Casino helping with security and landscaping for 12 years. He was never afraid of hard work; he had a full life, loved the outdoors, and loved his family. He was patient, kind and was well respected by his peers. Even though his health deteriorated over the last several years he never lost his determination. He was so proud to celebrate 50 years of marriage to Wanda in 2014. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital for their care. The honorary pallbearers will be Jeff, Alyssa, Alex, Shawn, Marcail, and Donald. A private funeral will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 28, 2015

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Gordon and I started working together as timber cruisers on the Manitoba Forest Inventory, working for Harry Laws. That was in the summer of 1957. We had a great time and shared many fun moments. Later when we started working full time for Natural Resources our paths crossed many times. We always enjoyed sharing the knowledge and stories about our two families, children and grandchildren and how they grew and matured along similar paths. We retired within a few months of each other and we both started new careers albeit quite different. It was always great to see Gordon from time to time at retirement gatherings and to reminisce about working together, especially for Harry Laws. Gordon was a great guy! I would like to extend my condolences and deep sympathies to Wanda, Don and all the family. Judy and Dave Rannard - Posted by: Dave Rannard (Long time colleague in Manitoba Conservation (Natural Resources) and retired Director of Forestry) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • I used to work at the Parks Branch in downtown Winnipeg. Gord would often be in the office, and was always very nice to me. I loved his wit and his constant teasing of his co-workers. My condolences to the family.H - Posted by: Darlene Walsh (Work Colleague) on: Mar 03, 2015

  • Darlene & I are deeply saddened by the news of Gordon's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. Gordon & I shared many wonderful Resource & Family Related Experiences. The memories you have made together will provide you with strength to see the wonderful lives you had together. The world is a better place because of our Friend Gordon. - Posted by: Blair & Darlene Bastian (Friend & Department Collegue) on: Mar 02, 2015

  • Wanda & Family...condolences to you and your family on the passing of Gordon, may the memories that you made together keep you strong at this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time...God Bless - Posted by: Jane Bell(nee Kornik) (friend from Riverton) on: Feb 28, 2015

  • Shawn, so sorry to see that your Dad passed away. Hope you are as well as can be during this very tough time. May you all find some comfort in knowing that many people have your family in their thoughts. God bless, and best wishes to you all. - Posted by: al mallett (former co-worker of Shawn) on: Feb 28, 2015

  • I worked with Gord at Parks Branch. He was a solid guy and I learned a lot from him. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Ken Porteous (Work colleague and friend) on: Feb 28, 2015

  • We offer our condolences for the loss of your father. God bless you and your family. Love you all. - Posted by: Carrie and Al Rayner (friends of Shawn and Belinda ) on: Feb 28, 2015

  • Dear Wanda & family, Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Gordon. We remember Gordon from Riverton days and his work with Natural Resources. A friendly man with a gentle smile. Treasure your wonderful memories to give you strength now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely, Margaret & Grant Ogonowski - Posted by: Margaret Lupyrypa Ogonowski (Friend ) on: Feb 28, 2015

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