Gordon Clement Ellis
October 11, 1957 – August 21, 2009
It is with heartfelt sadness that Joanne, Sean and Lindsay announce the passing of a very special husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Joanne, children Sean (Kim) and Lindsay, and his four grandsons that meant the world to him (Daelin, Ashton, Kristopher and Levi). Gord was predeceased by his father Harvey George Ellis (Aug 1, 2009) and survived by his mother (Iva) three sisters Pat (Wilf) Mary Lou (Ray) Donna (Scott) and two brothers Doug (Elizabeth) John (Hazel) mother in law Sue sister in law Michelle (Doug) and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
Gord was a strong willed man who, after an eight month journey battling leukemia, passed away peacefully with his wife Joanne and sister Mary Lou by his side at the Campbell River Hospital.
Gord and Joanne made their home in Campbell River in 1981 and from that time on Gord acquired many good friends and acquaintances. Most people will remember Gord as a dedicated assistant manager at SuperValu. Gord worked there for 28 years and throughout those years, he created friendships from the staff and customers that he served.
Gord loved entertaining his family and friends with his love of cooking and being home – doing this was very special to him.
Joanne and family would like to thank all their friends and family for their support during Gord’s illness. Special thanks to the oncologists and nurses at the BMT in VGH who tried so hard to make Gord better. All of his support team said he was a special kind of guy, always positive and a warped sense of humour. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Campbell River Hospital that helped ease his pain leading up to his passing. Also, a very special thank you to Dr. Sian Shuel for her compassion and support.
The family will be having a celebration of Gord’s life, in Gord’s style, at a later date. Details will be announced in the local paper. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the B.C. Cancer Foundation in Gord’s memory (www.bccancerfoundation.com) would be appreciated.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.