GORDON JAMES NEAR G. E. Retiree Passed away peacefully with his family by his side in Peterborough on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 87 years of age. Gord will be lovingly missed by his dear wife Mary (nee MCKee) of 62 years, his daughter Brenda and son-in-law Neil Pearson, and grandchildren Jessie and James. Predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Maude Near, and his brother Raymond. His loss touches sister-in-law Margaret McKee, nephew David Near and sister- in-law Viola Near, and many others. Born in Stratford, Ontario, Gord enlisted in the Navy at age 17, later becoming a tool and die designer at G. E. Through his life he enjoyed camping, boating, skiing, wood-working, attending plays and concerts and travelling throughout his beloved country, especially to the Navy ART APP's Reunions. Many thanks to the wonderful people in Gord's life that made his last time here comfortable - the PSWs, Peterborough EMS, Dr. Beamish and the great staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre Palliative Care. A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Zephyr, Ontario on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.comstockfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on June 15, 2013