LEBEL, GORDON ALLEN - We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our dearly loved Gordon. Cherished husband of Gail and greatly loved brother of Maureen (Garry) Porter, Kent (Kim) LeBel and Gregory (Darlene) LeBel, he is also survived by his aunts, Cheryl (Linda Foster) Robertson, Myrna Gunter, Helen Frenette, Audrey (William) MacKinnon, Betty Stevenson and Claudette LeBel, an uncle Dale (Ruth Todd) Robertson, sisters-in law, Wendy (Doug) Langan, Beth (Doug) Sealy, Carolyn (Trevor) Guy, brother-in-law, Robert (Megan) Coles, parents-in-law, Walter and Marian Coles, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Faye (Robertson) and Maurice LeBel. Recently predeceased by his loyal Springer Spaniel, Jake, and also sadly missed by Molly. Gord (Gordie) was born in Plaster Rock on October 31st, 1948. He spent his childhood and youth there. An avid basketball player, Gord was recognized in the Plaster Rock Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic prowess. After graduating from Tobique Valley Regional High School, he moved to Fredericton, where he obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, an Education Diploma and a Masters of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick, while continuing to play basketball on the university team. He then taught physical education in Sackville and Woodstock. He was the Director of the Aitken University Centre for the majority of his career, and in 2007, he was presented with UNB’s Presidential Citation in recognition and appreciation for his long service and commitment to the university. Gord had an incredible love of life and he lived every day to its fullest. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing, running, guiding, and walking in the woods with his dogs. He coached and served as Technical Director of Basketball New Brunswick. He was also a professional fishing and bird hunting guide for over 25 years, and he will be sorely missed by those who benefited from his expertise and friendship. He was a natural storyteller and loved to recount tales of his golfing and fishing trips. Many of his friends can attest to him getting a hole in one at Crowbush, PEI, as well as one on a recent golf trip to Cape Breton, and catching salmon the size of whales on the Miramichi. He was actively involved in the United Church of Canada and he received The Gratitude of Saint John Presbytery for Service as Chair of Presbytery this past year. He also devoted much of his time to Westfield United Church as a Member of Session and he volunteered on numerous committees.
Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row in Saint John, with visitation on Friday, November 23 from 6 to 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Westfield United Church at 133 Nerepis Road, Grand Bay-Westfield, on Saturday, November 24 at 2 pm. For those who wish, remembrances to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick, the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue or the Fredericton SPCA Animal Shelter would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be left at www.BrenansFH.com.