COULING, GORDON STEWART
June 22,1954 – October 8,2013
Gord left us too soon after a brief battle with cancer and is dearly missed by all of his family, friends and colleagues. He accepted his recent plight with dignity, strength and courage.
Anyone who met Gord was touched by his positive spirit, generosity and genuine enthusiasm for the things he loved. Gord was a dedicated family man, an accomplished photographer and an all-round sports junkie, with a keen interest in hockey and goalies, having been a goalie himself.
Gord was born in Winnipeg but moved to Coquitlam and graduated from Centennial Secondary before finding work with CP Rail. He completed Langara's journalism program and landed a job with the Vancouver Whitecaps media relations department in the club's championship 1979 season. Gord was a graphic artist with an amazing eye for detail, which served him well during his 16 years in the printing business, which included five years in Kamloops. The family moved back to Coquitlam when Gord began working for ICBC in 2000. He was most recently an ICBC Road Safety Coordinator, responsible for the Burnaby and Port Moody regions. Gord leveraged his ability to make friends with ease to build many strong relationships with various stakeholder groups in both of these communities and beyond.
Survived by his loving family – wife Rose-Marie, son Jeff (Tiffany), daughter Jill (Chris), father Jack, sister Sandie (Ron), nephew Trevor, brother Ted (Jackie) and nephew Ryan. Predeceased by his mother Edna Couling. Forever loved by his canine buddies Stanley and Hudson.
The family thanks everyone at Burnaby Hospital's palliative care unit for their incredible compassionate care.
A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 15th at 11:00 am in Room 103 of the Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Published in National Post from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2013