Passed on: November 4th, 2012
Gordon passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Pat, his sons and their families: Mark (Sylvia), Carlyn (Ben), Blair and Kelsey; Brock (Leona); Ross (Dolores), Leanne (Matt), Tanis (Andrew) and Denise; Guy (Kathy), Melissa and Laura; and Kent (Carole), Elise, Stefan, Justin and Claire; and his daughter and her family, Jan Filippelli (Tony), Danielle, Elliott, Melia, Shane, Seyarra. He will also be missed by his two great-granddaughters Ella and Emily and his close sister-in-law Jolyne and niece Susan.
Gordon graduated from King Edward High School in 1948. In 1955 Gordon started his career in accounting in Vancouver with Rudd and Goold and in two short years was promoted to partner. Gordon and Pat moved their family to Kamloops in 1958 and the firm became Rudd, Goold and Elliott. Gordon continued to build the practice, returning to Vancouver 14 years later as the managing partner of a much larger accounting firm, then known as Jarrett, Goold, and Elliott. In 1981 this firm merged with Price Waterhouse and shortly thereafter, Gordon and Pat were asked to relocate to Toronto, with Gordon assuming the role of managing partner of the firm's national office. He served in this capacity until his retirement from public practice in 1992, after which he and Pat returned to the west coast and settled on Bowen Island. Gordon volunteered extensively in his CA profession and was elected to the ICABC Council, ultimately serving a 1973-1974 term as the Institute president. Gordon became an FCA in 1974 and was honou red with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2008. Gordon was also a founding shareholder of Campion Marine Inc. and a Chairman of the Board. His community involvement included being a member of the Salvation Army BC Advisory Board. He was past President of the National Miniature Donkey Association of North America. He played a key role in the Ontario Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and was a proud supporter of children in 4H Clubs. On Bowen Island, Gordon served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, Canuck Place, Looking Glass Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.
We will greatly miss his love and passion for life, his ambition for excellence and his daily list of things that must get done. He loved having his family around him and lived his life with many passions, he will always be remembered for family, business, agriculture and boating.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate his life will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Seymour Golf & Country Club, 3723 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver.