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Born: Nov 16, 1937

Date of Passing: Jan 29, 2021

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November 16, 1937 - January 29, 2021

"Gordie" as he was affectionately known, after a brief battle with Covid-19, passed away at his nursing home.
He leaves his three children, Cheryl, Colleen, Garth; wife Donna; grandchildren, Shona and Chelsey, Garth Jr.; Victoria; son-in-law Roger (deceased 2016), son-in-law Bruce, and daughter-in-law Deanna.
Gordie had an encyclopedic mind and would always impress with his knowledge. After scoring 100 percent in his grade 12 year he went on to become a CGA with Federated Co-Op, BACM, and Canada Revenue Agency where he was elected a union head. He was well respected in Ottawa during this role and was instrumental in securing better pay and pensions for the workers.
After leaving the CRA he continued work as an accountant in private practice and was contributory in supporting the banning of illegal searches. Gordie always had a deep conviction for right and wrong and would often help friends as they needed with legal situations.
Although stricken with dementia since 2009, he could still recite his military number for his service as a reservist, for which he was very proud. He enjoyed golf, curling, cycling, walking, and having a pint and a good chat, preferably about history or the Blue Bombers. He said camping with his family was some of his happiest memories.
His quick wit and subtle humour will be remembered and missed.
Burial will be conducted post-Covid where his ashes will be placed near his mother in Dominion City.
Donations can be made to the Sunshine Fund at

Arrangements by:
1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I had the privilege of knowing and representing Gord in the late nineties. His razor wit and fearsome pen were the bane of many a pompous, political potentate. When airport like searches were instituted at the main Winnipeg courthouse in 1998, Gord refused to be searched as the price of admission to justice. He retained me to challenge the program under the Charter of Rights. Together we fought a lengthy and sustained battle against the arbitrary exercise of judicial power and twice prevailed against the system. His signature victory, which set a precedent against unfettered, personal judicial discretion can be found here Rest in power old friend. - Posted by: Ian Histed (Lawyer and friend) on: Mar 31, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the family from a first cousin, Valorie Skene. Chester Skene was my Dad. - Posted by: Valorie Skene (cousin) on: Feb 09, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about Gordon. Keep in touch - Posted by: Betty Curnew (friend) on: Feb 08, 2021

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