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Born: Dec 19, 1938

Date of Passing: Nov 13, 2021

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With deep sadness we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Gordon Paulsen on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the age of 82. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gordon was born in Camp Creek, Alberta on December 19, 1938 - to Christian and Marie Paulsen. He grew up in Edmonton, attending St Joseph High School, and was the second of five tight-knit siblings.
Gordon built a career in the travel business, starting in Edmonton as a passenger agent with CP Airlines. After many moves and promotions, he and his wife Sharon settled their family in Winnipeg. Gordon pioneered many successful tour companies including Pleasure Tours and P.S. Holidays, cultivating a well-respected reputation and forging many lifelong friendships along the way.
Gordon was blessed to have travelled the world, especially enjoying the pampering afforded him on many cruises (much to the chagrin of his not-so-seafaring partner Doris)! They also loved to spend winters with friends and family at their home in Hawaii.
Gordon was a compassionate and generous man. He coped with the many challenges presented by Parkinson's with patience and dignity, while always expressing appreciation to loving friends and family.
He enjoyed - in no particular order - red wine (bought by the caseload on his travels), cleaning his pool in a leisure suit, driving 30 miles to use a $2 coupon, speed golfing, a pocketful of Lindor chocolates, suits and ties, his titles "Uncle Gordon" and "Papa", and Costco taste-testing.
Gordon was predeceased by his first wife, Sharon; second wife, Sandy; parents, Christian and Marie Paulsen; and brother, Ron (Vivian).
He will be lovingly remembered by his partner of 20 years, Doris - "Doe"; his children, Michael (Cindy), Rob (Cindy) and Laurie (Lynn); stepchildren, Tracy (Scott) and Kim (Kevin); grandchildren, Cody (Diane and baby Hayes), Kacey (Colin), and Ryan; step-grandchildren, Jettisun, Kyle, Drew (Vicki and baby Hudson) and Brett; siblings, William (Kathi), Paulette (Ralph) and Paul (Patti); and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service/ interment will be planned for a later date. Memories or reflections would be most welcome.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Working for Gordon Paulsen at Pleasure Tours was my very first job back in 1976. He and Manager Carole Tisdale were very kind and generous to a barely 18-year old. Gave me a few opportunities to travel on fam trips, as well as my 1st big international trip to Holland. Gordon also lent his Hawaii condo to myself and 2 friends in Hawaii for 10 days, big deal for 3 young girls! As my first working experience, it was a pleasure to work for Gordon. I learned a lot not only about travel but about business and being a kind, generous, supportive boss, providing me with tools to build on as I went forward in my career path, which was in the hotel industry. Back on home turf now after 30 years away. My sincerest condolences to all of Gordon’s family and friends. - Posted by: Claudette Abney (Former employee - many years ago!) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to family and friends. - Posted by: STANLEY DARE (acquaintance) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • My condolences to Michael, Robbie and Babe ~ I have fond memories of you visiting us - your parents and you 'kids' were always fun! How would I have known about exotic things like Black Tower and Blue Nun, if it wasn't for your dad?! Take good care of yourselves in this time of loss - within a BIG global time of loss. Sincerely, Terry Vatrt - Posted by: Terry Vatrt (Family friend) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about Gord's passing..we remember all the hockey games that Rob played with our son with Transcona Railers & of course our trips to Hawaii thru his travel agencies & getting together with him & Sharon...good times & good memories - Posted by: Fred & Veronica Kouk (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Doris and Family.. Lesley and Garth and our children, Matthew, Riley and Connor send our heart felt thoughts to all of you. Gordon was like my second father. We had so many wonderful experiences together and loved our visits to Hawaii. And so many of our family gatherings. Rest In Peace my friend! Doris… you are an Angel. Love to you! Garth Buchko - Posted by: Garth and Lesley Buchko (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to family and friends. So grateful to you Gordon for loving my sister with such devotion. Thank for all the times you welcomed us into your home and the wonderful feasts that you made for us. We truly felt blessed when you and Doris shared your home with us in Hawaii, it was one of the best holidays we have had. You will be gratefully missed but we know you are free now on a wonderful journey. I once asked you of all your travels where was your favourite and you answered Hawaii and I asked you where was the most beautiful place and you answered Portugal. I will picture you there. - Posted by: Alice Lowe (Sister-in-law) on: Nov 20, 2021

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