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Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
1953 - 2022
Peacefully after a brief but brave battle with cancer, with his family by his side, Gord left us on Saturday, March 26 at 68 years of age.
Gord is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dawn; children, Jennifer (Kraig) Irvine and son David Turcan. Precious grandchildren, Olivier Turcan and Lexis Irvine; siblings, Wayne (Marilyn) Turcan, Valray (Larry) Necember and Kane (Kathy) Turcan; brothers-in-law, Scott and Darren Deason; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Gord was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Elsie Turcan, and brother-in-law Garth Deason.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Gord attended school at Riverview Elementary, Churchill High, Norberry and Dakota Collegiate. After graduating from high school, he spent a few semesters in electronic engineering at the University of Manitoba. However, Gord chose to join the family business, Turc's Upholstering, which he eventually managed successfully for many years until its closing in 2003, to help manage Kendall Point Lodge, which was established by Dawn's grandparents and at the time was owned by her brother, Darren. Sadly, the lodge was destroyed by a tornado. Gord loved the life of nature and tranquility, leading him to property in Nestor Falls. Gord loved it there. He had his own "Shop" again, and took great pride in it.
Gord could fix almost anything, from cars to gadgets, sometimes hillbilly style making a new wheel from an ash tree cutoff, but it works! Gord loved the wildlife, making a drink dish for his chippies, deciding where the Robins should NOT nest and saving food for the whiskey jacks. He truly enjoyed life in the small community and made many good friends.
Gord was an honest, hard-working person who had many friends and business acquaintances. Many a beer has been enjoyed with Gord at the "Shop" and elsewhere. Gord enjoyed life, family members and many friends. He was always there to brighten the lives of others, or lend a helping hand.
Thank you to all the Cancer and Palliative Care staff for their care and compassion. Special thanks to all of the Riverview 3E staff and Gord's home care workers, especially Patrick. You will all never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Glen Lawn Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2022.
Memorial donations may be made in Gord Turcan's name to CancerCare Manitoba, www.cancerCare.mb.ca
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 02, 2022
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
I'm so sorry for your loss Dawn. When George & I were children we used to visit with Uncle Eddie & Auntie Elsie & all us kids had a great time. Gord took Auntie Elsie to Gerry's funeral. He was very kind & caring & will be missed. - Posted by: Jean McDonald (Cousin) on: Apr 19, 2022
My Brother Gord - Gord always got along with everyone and would help anyone who needed it. He loved fishing, playing and listening to music, and dancing. One of the best things we did together was starting the St. Vital Anglers Club along with Jeff Woods, Shawn Parker and Dave Schneider at Caribou Falls on a May Long Weekend (with a canoe and a row boat). He loved playing games; horse shoes, card games, board games, baseball and volleyball. There were a lot of things we did together growing up. Since we were 15 months apart, we were pretty close. We had a lot of friends on Kenwood Place, Jeff Woods next door, Rick Springer 3 doors away; Len Trotter at the end of the street and Mark Russell across the street. We spent a lot of time in Jeff’s basement, playing poker on weekends and practicing in our band, while Jeff’s Mom Lorraine was upstairs making pizzas for us. Once we were introduced to Minaki by Kelly Gibson and Dave Schneider we were hooked. Gord went on a canoe trip with Shawn Parker, Kelly and Dave from Kenora to Winnipeg along with a hundred or so others. We did a 2 week canoe trip of 150 miles from Minaki through Rough Rock, Goshhawk, Separation, One Man and Big Sand back to Minaki, with Gord, Kelly, Dave and his friend Tom Huerlifson, Gord Fairman and myself. There were many Long Weekend trips to Rough Rock, The Dalles and many trips to Pistol Lake Campground (I met my wife there in 1975). Gord loved the campfires and singalongs with friends. For a few years he would bring along a cheap guitar and smash it at the end of a weekend. It was as if Gord had nine lives starting with the first Long weekend at Caribou Falls, he went tumbling down the hill at the falls, somehow missing all the rocks. Coming home from the Fairford fishing trip his 1964 Econoline van dropped one end of the drive shaft, but no one was injured. At Big Stone Bay the same van’s motor blew. With the motor between the seats, turning it over it fired once and dip sticks and the oil breather cap went flying around the van. Again, no one hurt! Another time at Al Halls caboose at Riding Mountain, we were at a fire at the top of a cliff, singing and telling stories. Gord in his animated way was telling a story and backed up and over the side of the 20 foot cliff. It was a bit like a Wiley Coyote cartoon while he was suspended there before falling. He went straight down upright, touching the shale with his hands on the way down. We ran to the edge and all you could see was the cigarette in his mouth still glowing as he stood at the bottom. At Point Du Bois, Kendall Point Lodge, just sitting down for dinner and a tornado came through with the cabin coming down on top of them. Gord and I worked at and managed Turc’s Upholstering for more than 20 years. We did get along for the most part, but obviously had our disagreements at times. Gord was a good father, uncle, grandfather and brother. We will all miss him. - Posted by: Kane Turcan (Brother) on: Apr 12, 2022
Always friendly, sorry for your loss. Jen, David, Dawn - thinking of you during this difficult time. ❤ - Posted by: Kevin (Lived next to gord ) on: Apr 10, 2022
My best wishes go out to your family during this difficult time. Thank you for the fond memories. I'll always be grateful for the kindness and generosity that I received from Gord and your family. Sincerely, Travis Meech - Posted by: Travis Meech (Friend ) on: Apr 09, 2022
To Dawn and family: Deeply saddened to hear of Gord's passing. I regret that I had lost touch with Gord but will always recall many great times starting in high school and continuing with many years during the history of the St. Vital Anglers. Rest in peace my friend. Tom and Pat MacKichan - Posted by: Tom and Pat MacKichan (friends) on: Apr 05, 2022
To the Turcan family, I’m so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. I'll always have great memories of growing up in the Turcan house. Gord always made us laugh. He will be missed by many. Big hugs to you all. Gord, may you Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Tracy Dredge-Henry (Friends) on: Apr 05, 2022
To Marilyn and Wayne,,,,know that you are surrounded with love by family and friends. Marilyn and I grew up 2 houses away and have been friends for over 50 years or more. I remember Wayne with his puzzles and was in awe in how fast he could put them together. My sincere condolence to both in the loss of Gord - Posted by: pat hallstead (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2022
Uncle Gord always made our family time memorable ♡ I will never forget him! I'm soo glad he was able to meet both of my children, and they were able to make memories with him. Rest in sweet paradise Uncle Gord - Posted by: Cayla (Niece) on: Apr 02, 2022
Dear Dawn & family, Please accept our deepest condolences & sympathies on the sad passing of Gordon, may he rest in peace. We have very fond memories of great company, friendship and craic, from our days of living on Blackwater Bay as neighbours. May his gentle, humourous spirit be ever near you all, to console & make you smile when days of sadness are difficult. Love and God bless Sheree & Eamonn - Posted by: Sheree & Eamonn O'Connor (Old neighbours & Friends) on: Apr 02, 2022
Rest peacefully Uncle Gord … I have the fondest memories of trips to the Peg to visit you. You will be so deeply missed but your memory will live on in stories and in the faces of your kids and grandkids. XOXO ah bach! - Posted by: Taren Bell (Niece ) on: Apr 02, 2022
I would like to offer my sincere condolences, along with Brenda Frazao, to you Dawn, Wayne, Kane and the entire extended Turcan family. Brian Baizley. - Posted by: Brian Baizley (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2022
Dear Dawn and the family, I am so sorry to hear of Gord passing. I knew Gord for many years, when he and other’s friends started the St Vital Anglers fishing club, lots of fond memories. We did everything from baseball, some fishing May long weekends out in Ontario or the Volleyball long weekend at Nutimik that went on for some 30 years or more. I remember those times that Gord would pick up a Guitar and start playing and playing. He was a very kind soul and I will miss him. Don B - Posted by: Don Burnside (Friend ) on: Apr 02, 2022
Dawn, Jennifer, David and families, our sincere condolences on the loss of Gord. May all of your wonderful memories comfort you in this time of sorrow. - Posted by: The Auringer Family (Hockey friends) on: Apr 02, 2022
To the Turcan family, I’m so saddened by Gord’s passing my condolences. Boy oh boy remembrances brings many smiles and laughs to me that will never go away especially those St. Vital Anglers times. Travel well Gord all the best. Willie Foehr - Posted by: Willie foehr (Old friend) on: Apr 02, 2022
I still can’t really believe you are gone Dad. You were taken too soon, the only peace I have is that you are no longer suffering. You fought courageously throughout this battle #cancersucks. I have many great memories to hold onto, Lexi has some as well, wish she could of had more time with you though. I love you so very much!! I’ll remember you always, your smile, your laugh, how you’d stand like a peacock on one leg when cooking, tap your fingers on your hand to make music, the fact you’d never give up when trying to solve a problem, (Reno’s, upholstery, carpentry, etc) you truly were a jack of all trades. Your air guitar, James Brown dancing, and just your immense love of life, being with and helping others. I’m sure you’re living your best life now, and the beer is always cold. Cheers. Love Jenn - Posted by: Jennifer Irvine (Daughter ) on: Apr 02, 2022
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