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GORDON BLAINE MCTAVISH

Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2019

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GORDON BLAINE MCTAVISH After a lengthy battle, the Honourable Gordon Blaine McTavish passed away peacefully in his sleep on February, 21, 2019, at the age of 94. Gordon is survived by his son Rob McTavish (Sue), cherished granddaughter Brannagh; daughter Sandra McTavish (Brett); numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Milly McTavish (nee Johnson); brothers, Douglas and Ian and sister Joan. At the age of 48 Gordon was appointed by the Attorney General as a Provincial Court Judge where he served honourably until his retirement at age 75. He was known to be a very fair Judge and very well liked by his peers and the Winnipeg Police Service. In his early years, Gord was passionately involved in the Manitoba horse racing industry at the Polo Park Racetrack and Assiniboia Downs; both as racehorse owner (Hy Macester) and a judge. Soon he was known to everyone as "The Judge". Gordon was also a world class curler, inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, and lifetime member/past president of the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg. Gordon loved Star Lake where all family spent many summers for 50 years. A genuine gentleman, Gordon was a people person who touched many lives in a very positive way; always willing to help and never missing an opportunity to be kind to those less fortunate. Generous and humble doesn't even begin to describe Gord. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Gordon's name to Kidsport Winnipeg or the Alzheimer's Association. To honour Gordon we welcome family and friends to join us at Assiniboine Downs on Friday evening, July 12, 2019 where there will be a race dedicated to his memory. We can all get together and share our memories and stories of Dad. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca
Publish Date: Mar 2, 2019

GORDON BLAINE MCTAVISH After a lengthy battle, the Honourable Gordon Blaine McTavish passed away peacefully in his sleep on February, 21, 2019, at the age of 94. Gordon is survived by his son Rob McTavish (Sue), cherished granddaughter Brannagh; daughter Sandra McTavish (Brett); numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Milly McTavish (nee Johnson); brothers, Douglas and Ian and sister Joan. A complete obituary will follow. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca
Publish Date: Feb 27, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2019, Mar 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Auntie Millie, and my Mother met at Gordon Bell High School, and remained Lifelong Friends, regardless, of my Mother's Geography. Uncle Gordy was always a cheerful Fatherly Figure, and was kind, and generous to Me, from the Time I met him. Unfortunately Mom, and The McTavish Clan communicated less often, as these Two Ladies got into their Late Eighties. Mom went to God, in Late August 2019, also Age 94, and I blessed, to share Her Roof, for 15 Years. I pray All these Folks are together once more, in Heaven. - Posted by: Marc P. Stanley (My Mother was a High School Friend, of Mildred Johnson) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • A very well respected gentleman. He had the the most intimidating of and scary facial looks. Especially, when he lowered his glasses in the courtroom and stared a hole right through you. Yet he was very humourous and kind-hearted person. One of a kind. - Posted by: Grant Bannatyne (Admirer) on: Mar 02, 2019

  • The Honourable Judge Mctavish displayed a fine sense of ethics and understood the reality of what was necessary for policing including the administration of justice and a balance on what the average person should be exposed to when they appeared before him. Behind the scenes when you had a conversation with Judge Mctavish he never had the wool pulled over his eyes while sitting on the Bench. But one fond memory was his humour. Often his decision was written well before the end of the hearing but on one occasion a person appeared before him for a charge of unnecessary noise after a Winnipeg Bomber football game. The explanation was that the accused was blowing on his vehicle horn after the game as part of Jack Wells Happy Honker award. Judge Mctavish leaned forward and with a glimmer in his eyes and a tight smile on his lips he stated that he will note a finding of not guilty as that was the very first time he heard that defence. - Posted by: Len Small (Police Officer) on: Mar 02, 2019

  • I was seven when I first met the Judge, of course I had no idea what that meant at the time. To me he was Rob's dad and from the very start he welcomed me into the family and treated me accordingly. Over the years we went on many trips and excursions often touring rural Manitoba courthouses, or skiing at holiday mountain, or visiting his veried and diverse friends with their fascinating workshops and sheds. I remember most the day he picked me up to go out to Star Lake in a '49 Chevy truck that they were going to restore and surprise Robbie with my visit. The playful nature and absolute patience of the man showed whenever he interacted with us kids. He taught me fairness and inquisitiveness and though I hadn't seen him in many years his passing made me very sad. He was a great second dad to me in my early years and I will always look back at those times fondly. My deepest condolences go out to the family. - Posted by: Greg Callis (My best friend's dad) on: Mar 02, 2019

  • My condolences to Family and colleagues. I first met judge Mctavish in the middle of the 1970’s when I had to give my first evidence in traffic court. Judge Mctavish made my first experience a very memorable one and I always found him to be fair but firm in his decisions. Rest In Peace Judge Mctavish. - Posted by: Nuno Camara (Acquaintance ) on: Feb 28, 2019

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