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Born: Mar 26, 1946

Date of Passing: Dec 24, 2021

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1946 - 2021

On Friday, December 24, 2021, William Gordon (Bill) passed away at St. Boniface Hospital.
Bill was born March 26, 1946, in Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his mother, Evelyn Gordon and father Harold Gordon.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Tannis Gordon (Layton), his son Daniel Gordon (Jolene), granddaughters, Everly and Sadie, sisters, Janet Loeb (Lawrence), Karen Gilchrist (Alan) and his brother Ken Gordon (Susan). He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Bill attended Glenlawn Collegiate where he met his wife, Tannis, then started working for the Manitoba Government where he retired after 40 years.
Bill had many hobbies including sketching, bowling, and fishing at his cottage at Wanasing Beach. Curling was a big part of his life whether it was curling in a bonspiel or at the club level.
When his son, Daniel, took an interest in football, Bill started the football program at Dakota Community Centre and was on the Board of Directors. He was proud of the football program because he felt it gave the children a good work ethic and developed teamwork. He also coached baseball and soccer.
Bill joined Toastmaster International in 1994. He was always inviting people to come to a Toastmaster meeting so they could improve their communications skills. After his stroke in 2006 he felt Toastmaster was instrumental in helping his speech return to normal.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Tannis, I know we lost touch after school. I remember meeting Bill. Very pleasant man. My condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Gloria Ivory (School friend) on: May 09, 2022

  • I was saddened to see the obit in the paper some time ago. Bill and I were cousins but had lost touch many years ago as we grew up. I just wanted to offer my condolences to you Tannis, his wife, and all the family. I remember good times playing in our yard on Norberry, especially with him and Janet. My deepest sympathy to all. - Posted by: Judy Whitaker (nee Read) (cousin) on: Feb 27, 2022

  • My sincere sympathy on your loss, Tannis and family. Over the years, I loved sharing tables with you at conferences, enjoying Bill's many speeches, watching him take on any role on demonstration meetings, and in his many capacities in Toastmasters. Though poor health slowed him down, he continued to promote and enjoy Toastmasters. He will be missed! Hugs Catriona - Posted by: Catriona Younger (Friend and Toastmaster) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • My condolences, Tannis. Chatting with Bill at a conference or a contest was always a pleasure. He had such a positive outlook on life and was so proud of his family. He brought a smile to every conversation. My best wishes to you and your family. - Posted by: Bev Phillips (Toastmaster Friend) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • Oh no way man. Bill was my first and I truly mean this. The best football coach in the world. There really isn't anything I can say right now. I periodically scroll obituaries and expecting to know a few people. This just takes my breath away and breaks my heart. Dan you be strong brother. I see you around periodically, but I am thankful to God for bringing you and your dad into my life. My hidden secret. I never had my dad growing up. Bill was the first male role model father figure I ever had. He made coming to practice fun. Dokata Lazers Football all the way. Hooo Raw coach! Much love to you all. Kelly - Posted by: Kelly (He was my football coach) on: Jan 11, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful kind man, with so much care and thought for others. My deepest condolences to Tannis and family on your sad loss. - Posted by: Emma Frost (TM Colleague) on: Jan 04, 2022

  • My condolences to you and your family! I'm saddened on hearing of Bill's passing! He was quite the character from the years of baseball etc that I've known him through you Tannis. HUGS!!! - Posted by: Rose Anne Burdeny (retired coworker and friend) on: Jan 03, 2022

  • We were so very sorry to hear about Bill. Tannis, Dan, Jolene & family, we wish you many great memories and strength at this sad time. Our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Susan Gallagher & Jamison Randle (Wanasing Beach neighbour ) on: Jan 03, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing… I have many fond memories of working with Bill and Tanis on many committees in my earlier TM years. Hope your nee we motors bring you some comfort at this time. - Posted by: Thea Haut Ostermann (Toastmaster) on: Jan 01, 2022

  • My condolences Tannis and family! We’ve lost another great man and Toastmaster! Bill was 1 month older than Judy so 1946 was a very good year. - Posted by: Ken Hartz (Toastmaster friend ) on: Jan 01, 2022

  • We’re so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this sad time. Bill always brought such joy when he accompanied you Tannis to our Toastmasters meetings here at Burgoyne Station in Beausejour. We could always count on his participation at our meetings especially his sense of humour…. May he RIP.. - Posted by: Helene & Lou Savisky (Friend ) on: Dec 31, 2021

  • Loved 🥰 Bill’s competitive speeches! Glad we had a GoD moment bumping into you both at restaurant close to your place a couple of years ago. Love 💕 You; Warren & Pat - Posted by: Warren Piggott (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2021

  • Bill was a dear friend in the many years we knew each other, and I was always inspired by his determination and generous nature. His love of family and the time we spent at Toastmasters was inspiring, his sense of humour was persistent, and the stories he shared in his speeches were honest and engaging. Sincere condolences to Tannis and family, and all who knew and loved him. You will be missed, Bill. Rest easy, my friend. - Posted by: Jenny Gates (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2021

  • Tania, Daniel and family. It is with broken hearts we read about Bill's passing. We have so many wonderful memories of the good times Bill shared at the beach. We will always remember Bill spending hours standing waist deep in water fishing. His love for life and a fun time will be remembered always. Sending our heart felt condolences. Bill was such a great guy. Thinking of you with such sadness Susan and Allen. - Posted by: Susan and Allen Dolinski (Friends from Wanasing Beach) on: Dec 31, 2021

  • I am saddened to learn that Bill has passed away. Our parents were long time friends having met while our moms were in the hospital having Bill and I. I have so many wonderful memories of playing with Bill while our parents visited. Always enjoyed our time together! I will cherish the memories. - Posted by: Joan monson ( Fisher) (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2021

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