Paul, Melissa & SueAnne
Sending you and your families all my love and sympathies at the passing of your father.
Gordon, of Ayer's Cliff, passed away peacefully in the palliative care unit of Magog Hospital, on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the age of 77. He was predeceased by his parents Rose (Markovitch) and Lawrence Johnson as well as his brothers Howard and Robert. Also predeceased by his loving wife Sandra Hughes.
Born in England, Gordon arrived in Canada on the Queen Mary at age 5 and grew up on the family farm in Hatley. He spent the majority of his life in Ayer's Cliff where he made his living as a truck driver. An avid hockey fan, he often ran the local hockey pool and thoroughly enjoyed morning debates over coffee, especially if discussing his beloved Maple Leafs. He coached hockey and won the midget provincial championship in 1972. He began running in 1977 and was a regular fixture on the local road racing scene. Over the years he ran 68 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 17 times. He was very active and often biked or hiked and also enjoyed practicing photography. His love of sports carried over to writing a sports column for The Stanstead Journal.
He leaves to mourn his children Ronald, Sue-Anne (Randall Lynch), Paul (Cindy Keet) and Melissa (Roch Potvin). He was predeceased by his firstborn son Randall. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Ryan & Danyl; Amber & Cameron; Griffin, Phoebe and Marina; as well as Rose. He will be missed by his stepchildren: Scott, Tricia (Neil McComb) and Terry (Liane Courtemanche) Smith and step grandchildren: Gabrielle, Julia, Tara; Tyler and Trevor; Brendan and Erika. He also leaves other relatives and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held at the Cass funeral home, 900 Clough St, Ayer’s Cliff, QC, J0B 1C0, on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Castilloux, oncologist at the CHUS-Fleurimont, as well as the caregivers of the palliative care unit at the CSSS Memphremagog for the excellent care provided to Gordon.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer society, 5151 boul. de l’Assomption, Montréal, Québec, H1T 4A9, would be appreciated by the family.