July 16, 2019
Captain Gordon Robert, born October 1931, to Minnie Maria & A.J. (Jack) Moul in Vancouver, died peacefully on Tuesday July 16, 2019. Gordon came from a large family. Siblings Jack, Doris, Albert, Doreen, Douglas, Bob & Diane. He was raised and educated in Port Alberni. His interest in aviation began at an early age when he and Ron Connolly bought an airplane at the age of 15 and he received his private pilot’s licence at the age of 16. He received his commercial licence at the age of 19, starting a long career in aviation beginning at Port Alberni Airways and retiring from Canadian Airlines International. In the beginning he flew aircraft older than himself, Waco,’s, Fairchild’s 71’s, and 82’s to the first of the second generation Jets, Boeing 767 retiring off the Douglas DC10. During this long career he served as Council Chairman with The Canadian Airlines Pilots Association, (CALPA). Gordon had a long career in Civil Aviation serving over 40 years, and 33,343 hours in the air, he retired in 1991 to Qualicum Beach. Gordon also had other business interests as well. In the late 60’s he bought and developed TeePee Campground and Trout Farm at Cultus Lake, BC and later had a large cattle farm, Torwoodlee, in Sardis, BC.
After retirement he became politically active forming the Eaglecrest Residents’ Association and the Chartwell Residents’ Association bringing these two neighbourhoods into the town of Qualicum Beach. Gordon was given the Citation for Bravery by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2014 for helping save the lives of hundreds threatened by Edi Amin of Uganda in 1972.
Gordon & Sybil married in 2000 and have had a very happy 20 years together. They have a combined Family of 5. Tom Moul (Cheryl), Maureen Moul, Jim Moul (Carl), Jennifer Handrigan (Steve), John Eivindson (Jennifer), five grandsons & one granddaughter; Michael, Thomas Handrigan; Stephen Sevcik; Dane, Erik,& Stefanie Eivindson & two step children, Janet Gilmore & Barr Gilmore.
The funeral Service will be at St. Marks Anglican Church, Memorial Ave., Qualicum Beach on Saturday, July 20/19 at 2 pm.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
I’ve trod the high un-trespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand to touch the face of God.