Gordon Vincent Carr
May 27, 1921 – June 13, 2012
Gordon Vincent Carr passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years. Gordon was pre-deceased by his parents Joseph and Mary Carr. Left to mourn his passing are his three children Patricia, Gary and William, his brother Jack and his sister Dorothy.
A service to honour the life of Gordon Vincent Carr will be held at a later date on Cortes Island where he resided.
Messages of condolences for the family may be left at
Sutton’s Campbell River Funeral Home
Gordon (Gord) is survived by 2 sons: Gary Carr (Patsy), William Carr (Donna) and 1 daughter: Patricia Carr. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and brother: Jack Carr and sister: Dorothy Lepp.
Born in Regina, Sask., Gord joined HMCS Canadian Navy at 19 years old. During WWII, Gord’s duties included sailing the Atlantic Ocean, protecting merchant ships. He was in telecommunication, as a radio operator. Gord remained in the military for 25 years, ending his career as an instructor in Cornwallis, N.S.
Gord met his lovely future wife, Valeda, in 1945. His sister, Dorothy Lepp, introduced them. He remained a true companion until cancer claimed Valeda in 2001.
Gord and Val transferred to several Canadian military bases throughout his vocation. Once military life ended, they came to visit a friend on Cortes Island and they never left. Gord worked with BC Ferries, ending his working years as a deckhand on the vessel, Cortes Queen. Gord built a warm, inviting home which created many enduring friendships with people on and off the island.
Gord was widely known as a piano player. With his tenor voice and knowledge of music, he played with other members of the “Old Timers’ band on Cortes. He was truly a crowd pleaser, making many people happy. He would sometimes come to the Yuculta Lodge, in Campbell River, to play for the residents.
The keyboard is silent now. Gord lost his battle with multiple myeloma on June 13th.
His earthly vision of ‘the pearly gates’ was a white baby grand piano waiting for him.
I can hear him, can’t you? Play on, maestro, play on.
A memorial will be held in late summer.