Gordon (Gordy) William Switzer

October 3, 1942 – February 22, 2017

Passed at Yucalta Lodge after a long struggle with dementia.

Gordy loved to be on the ocean. He had more than one career. First on the tugs for 10 years, and many of his trips included passing through Campbell River. For 25 years, he worked at Foremost Dairy, where he loved sampling the goodies. We enjoyed many adventures together on his sail boat, once capsizing but we survived. His passion was woodworking and thanks to all the friends who are now calling to remind me of things Gordy built for them.

He was the love of my life. Some of our best times were rockin’ and rollin’ at the Quinnie on a Saturday night. We spent 10 wonderful years wintering in the Baja where he loved fishing and his afternoon snoozies. Everyone knew about Gordy’s snoozies.

Gordy was born in New Westminster, and enjoyed many friends in the Vancouver area. A hotrodder in his youth, he never really slowed down.

Thank you to the coffee groups who during the middle stages of Gordy’s disease were inclusive and supportive of him. Even when Gordy could not take part in the conversation, they made sure he was part of the group, enjoying the stories they told. And thanks to Campbell River Adult Daycare who were there at the beginning of his journey, and for the loving and supportive caregivers and staff at Yucalta Lodge as Gordy’s journey was coming to a close.

Gordy is survived by his wife, Sidanne, sisters Nancy (Ron) Henderson and Judy Plottel, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

There will be a private celebration of his life with his family. In Gordy’s memory, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.


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