PERRY – William Frederick Gordon
April 30, 1918 – December 13, 2012
Gordon was a loving husband and father, a very proud grandfather, a devoted member of the RCMP, past president of the United Empire Loyalists and a gentleman of high standards and intellect. He grew up in the coal mining town of Fernie, British Columbia, where his parents had settled, both tracing their ancestry to Scotland. Gordon's parents were accomplished court reporters and taught Gordon and his sister Thalia to be hardworking, resourceful and reliable. His musical talents and energetic personality were channelled into tap dancing, which he taught both in classrooms to students and in the kitchen to his children, and playing piano, trumpet and drums in a dance band that played throughout the Crowsnest Pass. Gordon joined the RCMP in 1940, leading to a professional career that spanned 35 years and saw him posted to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and travelling extensively to the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean in the line of duty. While posted in Lloydminster, he met Kathleen Ball, the love of his life. They were married in 1945 and spent the next 67 years devoted to each other and their four children. Gordon was extremely proud of being a member of the Force, of the men and women with whom he served and his many accomplishments, including four Commendations (including the Commissioner's Commendation), 18 years as a detective and as the Officer Commanding the Regina and Edmonton Subdivisions. Through the RCMP, he was involved in counter-intelligence efforts during WWII
, protection of visiting and domestic dignitaries (including our Prime Minister) and Interpol. Following his retirement from the RCMP with the rank of Superintendent, Gordon was appointed the Director of Alberta Consumer and Corporate Affairs and later Director of Security for the University of Alberta, a somewhat "challenging" experience, as his children were in attendance at the U of A at that time. Later, he and Kathleen continued their adventure with security consulting postings with Canadian Airlines in Fiji and in Guatemala and Sri Lanka with the Canadian Executive Service Organization. Gordon was an avid reader, and in later years, heavily involved in Canadian and Alberta politics. In fact, Gordon called in to the CBC Morning Show to express his views so frequently and on so many subjects that he was ultimately invited to be on the show as a guest. As if that was not enough, at age 91 Gordon wrote and published a book entitled "Keep on Drummin Mountie!" highlighting some of his many entertaining experiences as a member of the Force. Despite the seriousness of his work, Gordon had, at his core, a sense of humor that was unbeatable, endearing him to all of his family, friends and many acquaintances. Always the life of the party, whether small or large, he and Kathleen laughed and danced through the years, with their children and grandchildren in tow.
He is survived by Kathleen, and by their children, Brian, Kathlyn (Stuart Young), Brent (Cheryl Thom) and Chrysten (Christopher Bennett), by his grandchildren, Chris, Erin, Patrick, Thomas, Brendan, Tara and Matthew, his sister-in-law, Hazel Litzgus and by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews. While we will certainly remember Gordon for his quick wit, intelligence and dedication to his family, his integrity, compassion for others and the respect he "earned" through his outstanding demeanor were equally defining traits. We will miss him terribly but are grateful for the opportunity to have known him well.
An opportunity to pay your respects in a visitation will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE on Friday, December 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church, 3602 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Flowers are respectfully declined, however, if friends so desire, a memorial donation can be made in Gordon's name directly to the CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3.
Messages to the family may be left at www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca
SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE and CREMATORIUM (at Lake Fraser Gate). Telephone: 403-297-0711. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.