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Born: Feb 20, 1941

Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2020

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February 20, 1941 - April 8, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gordon Davidson McKee announces his peaceful passing at home.
It was Gord's wish to be at home with his family and he was blessed to have his wife and daughter by his side at the end.
Gord is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary; daughter Patty McKee and son-in-law Martin Tune of New York City; son Ray McKee; daughter-in-law Donna and grandchildren, Austin and Minnie of Winnipeg; sister Sue Petersen of Dauphin; brother-in-law Allen Pasquale of Toronto and several cousins and nieces and nephews. Gord was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Al and Mae McKee of Dauphin and sister Sally Pasquale of Toronto.
Gord was born and raised in Dauphin, Manitoba where he attended Henderson Elementary, Smith Jackson Junior High, Dauphin Collegiate Technical Institute and continued his education at United College.
Gord was born with some physical challenges and his parents were pioneers in fighting for his rights and providing him opportunities at a time when our society didn't have the awareness that we have today. He and his sisters, Sue and Sally, were raised believing that he could do anything that anyone else could do if only in a different way. Gord was a true champion of a man, loved and respected by everyone he met. He was a born leader and brought friends and family on many unexpected adventures.
From sister, Sue: "He gave everything he had and his love was a true gift that had no boundaries. You can finally run with the giants, free and with endless energy. We will meet again."
Gord's career started as a junior structural draughtsman at Dominion Bridge and he retired as Office Supervisor of the Structural Department at Manitoba Hydro after 35 years of employment. Gord treasured his close friendship with Jose and Carol Fagundes, among many others that began during his time at Manitoba Hydro. Throughout the years , Gord has created and cherished many friendships, including the Geezers' Club and the gang at the Jolly Mug.
It was at United College that he met his future wife, Mary Empey. They were married in 1965 and began their family in 1966 with the birth of son, Raymond Alexander, followed almost exactly one year later by daughter Patricia Mae. While they struggled in the early years as a young couple when nobody hired "handicapped" people, Gord and Mary were always rich with laughter and love and went on to build a long and happy life and family together.
Gord gained the new title of "Papa" with the birth of his grandson, Austin and granddaughter Minnie, both of which he treasured and always spoiled with love and attention. He truly was a "GR8PAPA."
Everyone who knew Gord received the gift of his unique outlook on life.
A Celebration of Gord's Life will take place at a date, to be announced later this summer.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • To Mary and family, so sorry to hear of Gord's passing. I can't express enough the positive impact Gord provided to me both personally and professionally. As a young buck draftsman in 1975 Gord made the workplace so inviting and enjoyable I felt spoiled. Gord's spirit, intelligence and humour made work not feel like work. I am blessed to have known him and share a part of my life with him. Rest in peace my friend. Love Blaine and Dawn Ewashko. - Posted by: Blaine Ewashko (co-worker) on: May 12, 2020

  • To dear Mary and family, sincere sympathies on the loss of such a wonderful man. While I didn't know Gord as well as many others who knew him deeper and longer, I will never forget his kind words to me on many occasions when I needed them the most. He was generous in his comments and encouraging with his smile, and I am grateful for having known him. - Posted by: Jenny Gates (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2020

  • My condolences to Mary and the family. I got to know Gord through my sister Heather and brother-in-law Lyle, and I also worked at Hydro for a few years. I have many fond memories of Gord and his great sense of humour. I know he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I'm so sorry for your loss. (Great photo!) - Posted by: Evelyn Nowoselski (Friend, co-worker) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • Dear Mary Please accept our condolences on Gord's passing. Unfortunately I lost touch with him when I left Dauphin to attend university, I loved the photo; it says so much about his character. I am sorry that I missed out on getting to know Gord after he moved to Winnipeg. - Posted by: Don Ross (friend) on: Apr 14, 2020

  • Mary and family - my sincere condolences on your loss of Gord. I know he will live on in all the memories you have made together. I am also sad that you cannot be surrounded by friends and family at this time. Know that my hugs and prayers are with you, and that Gord will be at rest. Catriona - Posted by: Catriona Younger (Friend through Toastmasters) on: Apr 14, 2020

  • We lived about a block east on Mountain Road. As children growing up we chummed together and spent some hours in a playhouse in McKee's yard. Gord was closer in age to my brother Dave Volk and I believe they spent more time together. I was closer to Sally's age and went to DMCI with her. - Posted by: Gilbert ( Gib) Volk (childhood friend) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • Sorry to hear that Gordon has passed away Mary. It was so nice that he could be home the last little while with you and Patty. You surely had an amazing journey for 54 years together after getting married .I still remember the day that you came to Helston and told us that you were getting married. We are thinking of you and the family and send condolences to all. Take care, Carol Ann & Robert - Posted by: Carol Ann Coish (cousin by marriage) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • Dear Mary and Family; Please accept our sincere condolences to all of you with the passing of Gord, Dad and Papa. Mary, you and Gord were much more than just customers and Kelly and I thoroughly enjoyed our visits with both of you when you came in to the restaurant to eat. Gord always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye! We can only imagine what a character he must have been in his younger years!! We look forward to seeing you again soon when we are allowed to open the restaurant back up. Our hugs to you and your family. - Posted by: Perry & Kelly Verot (Owners and Friends, Southdale Village Family Restaurant ) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • To Ray & his family - we are so sorry to hear about your father's passing. This is a very sad & difficult time for you all and you have our deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Helen & Stan Malec (friend) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • Gord's gift of humour was only exceeded by his huge heart. I'll never forget the tales of his shenanigans in Dauphin growing up, they are the stuff of legend. Mary, Patty and Ray you have suffered a great loss and I wish you the best in your journey through this process. - Posted by: Bill Noyes (Former Internet Santa) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about Gord. I enjoyed our time together every morning having coffee at the Jolly Mug. I will cherish the wonderful memories and the stories that were told. I had the pleasure of having spent time with Gord and having some great conversations with him. I will cherish the cards and poems that Gord gave to me. My deepest condolences to Mary and family. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to call me. - Posted by: Debbie Ostlere (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Dear Mary and family, and Sue How sad to read about Gord's death. I remember him best when he was a young man - in Dauphin and at United College. I remember his kindness, his gentleness, his wit, and his generosity (always willing to offer a ride home during breaks at United College.) As I look back now, I marvel at the things he was able to accomplish - at the time we didn't appreciate the courage and determination it must have cost him to be willing to try anything and do anything. The world is not yet fully "accessible", but I think it is better than it was - thanks to Gordon McKee. A life well-lived! Holding you all close in my heart, Elsie (Aitchison) Douglas - Posted by: Elsie (Aitchison) Douglas (old friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Sad to learn of Gord's passing. He was truly a man with "character" whose company I reflect fondly on; for many years for his steady presence at Manitoba Hydro and on a number of occasions at parties where Gord was never far from the laughter! Sincere condolences to you Mary and your family. Barry and Yvonne Rindall - Posted by: Barry and Yvonne Rindall (Friend and Colleague) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Gord was one of my supervisors I worked with at Manitoba Hydro. The group that was meeting from Hydro for lunch once and in a while at Sals, will really miss Gord. I would like to send my condolences to Mary and the whole family. RIP Gord you will be greatly missed. Lenore LaCroix - Posted by: Lenore La Croix (Co-worker and friend ) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • I’m sure Gord would have enjoyed this picture choice, sporting his top hat and a big goofy frown. I’m sure he was trying to make somebody laugh, everywhere he went, he was always making friends and making people smile. He will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to the McKee family at this time. - Posted by: Margaret Catlin & Richard Faveri (Family/friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

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