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GORDON CHARLES KEATCH (GORD)

Date of Passing: Jun 25, 2019

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GORDON CHARLES KEATCH

Gordon passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the age of 95 years.
He is survived by his sons, Ron (Janice) and Don (Sheila), grandchildren, Allison (Klaas), Erin (Patrick) and Michael (Gemma), and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Liam, Iris, Olivia and Mia. He was predeceased by his infant grandson Graham in 1977 and his wife Anne, in 2007.
Gordon was born in Melbourne, Australia, joined the Australian Air Force at age 18 and came to Winnipeg to train as a wireless operator. He met Anne during that time and they were married in Australia after the war ended.
In 1949 they returned to Winnipeg where Gordon started his business career. He became Secretary Treasurer of Kipp Kelly Limited and enjoyed many years with this successful Winnipeg-based manufacturer and distributor, retiring in 1983. During that time, he served two terms as Trustee of the St. James School Division, followed by a term as Councillor for the City of St. James. He was a founder of the Down Under Club in 1950, greatly enjoyed his association, and was the last of the original members.
Gord was an avid golfer and had a long association with Niakwa Country Club, including serving as President. He and Anne enjoyed many winters travelling, particularly to Hawaii. Gordon had a special affinity for the theatre. He was President of MTC and a long-time supporter right up to the time of his passing.
Gordie was a Sinatra fan. As Ol' Blues Eyes said, "I did it my way."
At Gord's request, there will not be a funeral service.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If you so desire, a donation to the Manitoba Theatre Centre, 174 Market Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0P8, would be very much appreciated.

NEIL BARDAL
FUNERAL CENTRE
204-949-2200
neilbardalinc.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 29, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Gordon was such a good friend to my father, Alen Hansen. I enjoyed getting to know him and really enjoyed his company. What a lovely man! - Posted by: Shannon Hansen (Friend ) on: Sep 06, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to the family with Gordon's passing. He was one of kind and the glue that kept the Kipp Kelly family of co-workers together for many years. He hired me as a typist when I was 19 years old and after one year gave me a $10 raise and told me I talked too much (just too funny). Some great memories. R.I.P my friend. - Posted by: Valerie Boddis (McCurdy) (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was always a cool Dad that we all respected. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Bob Acheson (Family friend) on: Jul 07, 2019

  • Your dad was a wonderful person. He was so good to Mom and George when George was I’ll and kept up that friendship with Mom even after she went into a nursing home. It’s amazing how far back our lives go- right from grade one! We are thinking of you all at this sad time and send along our thoughts and prayers. Jean and Steve - Posted by: Jean and Steve Bannatyne (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2019

  • You were definitely one in a million, Gord. Thank you for being my friend. Rest easy, mate. x - Posted by: Jenny Gates (Friend) on: Jun 29, 2019

  • Worked at Kipp Kelly with Gordon Way back when I was very young and he became a mentor to me. He was a very kind, considerate gentleman. Always thought about him over the years but never got to see him again. Wish that I had run into him again just to say thanks for his advice to me. He is definitely up there with the angels. - Posted by: Lorraine (Co-worker at Kipp Kelly) on: Jun 29, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Gordie's passing. He certainly was one of a kind and it is pretty neat that he was able to be independent for most of his life. Sending hugs to you and yours, Linda & Joe - Posted by: Linda & Joe Toews (Friend of the family) on: Jun 29, 2019

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