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He will be deeply missed by his two sons, Derrick Sachvie (Kari Ciglar) and David Sachvie (Sheila), and was affectionally known as "Grandpa Sachvie" to his grandchildren, Stephanie, Laura, Madison, Matthew and Mark. Gordon was predeceased in 2018 by his beloved wife of 53 years Gertrude ("Trudy") Sachvie (nee Hanner), who he cherished and missed so very much. He was also predeceased by his parents, Edward and Alma Sachvie; his brother Norbert Sachvie; and brothers-in-law, Robert Hanner and Dennis Zelt. Gordon was the eldest child of six and is survived by his siblings, Clifford Sachvie (Doreen), Audrey Serfas (Ed), Gladys Nock (Fred), and Ron Sachvie, as well his sister-in-law Sharon Sachvie and his many nieces and nephews. Gordon will also be greatly missed by the extended Hanner family; brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret Gaugel (Rudy), Linda Hanner-Zelt, and Steve Hanner (Pat).
Gordon grew up in Green Bay, Manitoba near Beausejour where he had the joys, hard work and fun times of living on the family farm. He attended Beausejour School, and once he graduated, Dad studied in the evenings while working to attain his Certified General Accountant designation (CPA, CGA), an accomplishment he was very proud of throughout his career. In 1973, Gordon was hired by the Royal Canadian Mint as the Corporate Controller during the time that the historic new facility was still in the process of being built in Winnipeg. Dad retired from the Mint in 1999 after a very successful career and various senior roles, where he was ultimately responsible for Finance and Administration within the plant. Gordon formed many close relationships that endured throughout his lifetime from his years at the Mint.
Gordon was a person who lived his faith and was a very active member of his church congregations at Lutheran Church of the Cross and Messiah Lutheran Church. He volunteered and participated in many different church activities and committees, serving as Treasurer for both churches for 40 plus years, as well as serving on the Boards of Directors in various capacities including Finance Committees and Property Committees. Dad enjoyed spending countless hours preparing and maintaining the churches' financial records, budgets and financial statements, and he led the financial planning and discussions at many annual general meetings and special congregational events.
Next to Trudy and his family, Gord's true love was farming and simply just being at the farm in Green Bay - whether it was seeding and harvesting his and his brothers' farmland, to finding parts and fixing the machinery and equipment, to planting potatoes and many other vegetables in the gardens next to the family farmhouse. Dad loved food and gardening but especially loved sharing "the harvest" with his family and friends, including the giant-sized tomatoes that he was able to grow in his home garden on Allard Avenue. Most of all, he was known for the sauerkraut that he would caringly make from scratch from dozens of heads of cabbage every year. Dad truly had a gift for making the best sauerkraut and everyone loved being the recipient of one of the golden jars that he would give to so many every year.
Gord especially loved socializing, entertaining and being in the company of others. Regardless of who Dad met or interacted with, he would always make you feel at ease and comfortable, whether he had just met you or he had known you all his life. If Gord couldn't see you in person, he loved connecting and visiting by phone, and would always call many people everyday to check in, ensuring everything was ok or to just simply say "hello".
When Gordon's accident left him paralyzed in 2017, he was ultimately placed in the care of the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville, Manitoba. Once again, even in the face of significant adversity, Dad shared his kind and sociable personality with everyone around. Although the events of the pandemic further limited Dad's interaction with individuals outside of Heritage Life, he faced this additional challenge with grace and a continuing positive attitude. His strength and resilience in enduring and responding to disability and illness, while always remaining positive and friendly to those around him, was truly remarkable and inspirational to all that knew Gord.
A heartfelt thank you for the excellent care and sense of community provided to Gordon by the staff and caregivers at Heritage Life Personal Care Home. A special thank you for the compassionate care provided for Gordon with his sons at Bethesda Hospital.
During this time, a small private service will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., where Bishop Elaine Sauer will be officiating. The service will be on live video stream and available to view on Gordon's obituary page at www.neilbardalinc.com. The service will also remain available on the website for viewing at a later date.
In memory of Gordon, donations can be made to Manitoba Possible (formerly Society for Manitobans with Disabilities), or Messiah Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
So sorry to hear about this. I was one of Gord's roomies when I was laid up at the HSC rehab wing back in the summer of 2018. Gord was a very kind and gentle soul and I smile when I think of him even today. He was a good man. My condolences to his family who visited every day. - Posted by: Mike Navis (Hospital roomie) on: Aug 25, 2021
To Gord’s family I give my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear father, grandfather and uncle. To Audrey, my heart bleeds a little for you knowing how painful it is to lose a close brother. Gord, in my mind was one of the good ones. My memories of his kindness, attention and sense of humour will remain with me in my heart forever. To Audrey’s extended family, husband Ed, son Mark, daughters Kim and Karen……know that your life was blessed with a brother in law and uncle as sweet as Gord. - Posted by: Darena Snowe (friend) on: Aug 14, 2021
Our condolences to Dave and Derrick and the rest of the Sachvie family. I always viewed Gord was such a gentle giant. Although I did not know Gord very well, when I was in his company he was always such a happy person and you could tell he loved being around his family and friends. - Posted by: Trent and Jennifer MacLeod (Friends) on: Jul 30, 2021
I met your Dad and Mother through Lutheran Church of the Cross & I would see them there each Sunday I was there. I remember them being very welcoming & friendly. They obviously made an impression on me that I still remembered them when I was looking through the obituary. I moved from Wpg over 20 yrs ago. My condolences to you all. Carol (Kennedy) Stairs - Posted by: Carol Stairs (Former member of Lutheran Church of the Cross) on: Jul 29, 2021
Since hearing of Gordon's passing, I have reflected on the many wonderful visits we had together at the PCH. He was a true gentleman, and a caregiver at heart. Always wanting to make sure that *I* was okay. What a kind soul. He spoke so highly of his family, and often said "I don't know why they take so much time to come and visit me!" To which I always reminded him, it wasn't hard to want to spend time with him! His humility was ever present, and he never ended a visit without "walking" me out to the door. I'll sure miss you Gordon! My condolences to the family. What an incredible man. The service was lovely and incredibly accurate to my experience with Gordon. It was an honor to know him. Bobbi Jo C. - Posted by: Bobbi Jo C (Caregiver ) on: Jul 27, 2021
We have many fond memories of Gordon and Trudy and family. It was always a great time to be together. We will truly miss them and are happy they are together again. God has wonderful new angels in heaven. Our deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Larry and Joan Kraitberg (Radke) (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2021
Dear David & Shelia Sachvie, extending our deepest sympathy on the passing of Gordon Sachvie. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt tribute! It's evident that he touched a lot of lives along the way. Thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jul 27, 2021
Gordon and Trudy were gracious, gentle people we always tried to see on our infrequent visits home and we were happy to see him on his trips to Ottawa where we were stationed with the Air Force. He seemed to love all the good things in life (food, friends, family) especially if he could share them with those he cared for. He accepted all God gave him (good and not so good) without question and with deep faith; I am sure that he and Trudi are now walking through God's gardens hand in hand. - Posted by: Ron and Terri Witzke (cousin) on: Jul 25, 2021
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