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CANN, Gordon Oliver January 14, 1934 - January 17, 2021 Passed away peacefully at home with family close by. Gordon was predeceased by Annie, his wife whom he met in Glace Bay and shared a strong loving partnership in marriage for 62 years. Gordon is survived by his children, Kimberly Anne (John van Gorp), Mary Lou (David Rawlinson), George (Susan), Michelle (Charles Lynn) and Philip and grandchildren; Sarah, Peter and Katelyn, Christopher and Alex, Eric and Michael, and Samantha and Nathan. Born and raised in Louisbourg in Cape Breton, NS, Gordon attended Mount Allison University before being called to the ministry and attending Pine Hill Divinity Hall. As a minister for the United Church of Canada, Gordon received calls that saw him offer care, hope, promise, comfort and support to many from coast to coast across Canada. After student ministry in Saskatchewan and Bermuda, Gordon began a long career in New Brunswick that then saw him taking on calls in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Lower Sackville, Edmonton and finally Victoria, BC where he and Annie retired. Aside from an endless level of patience and compassion, Gordon also developed a reputation for helping congregations with special projects that would help grow and strengthen the communities these churches supported. Gordon, true to his heritage, was a great storyteller and was often a wee bit late to his next appointment because he had a story to share that would offer comfort, a smile or a laugh to those who needed it. Gordon will be remembered by the thousands whose hearts he touched, whose souls he succoured, whose spirits he lifted every day. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2021.
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March 3, 2021
I'm sorry I'm late in offering my condolences. Gordon was such a bright light in so many lives. Loved his outgoing personality and he enlivened the atmosphere no matter where he was. He had such a good sense of humour and brought forth many a chuckle during his sermons at Cordova Bay United Church. He and Anne shared a beautiful partnership and everyone loved them both. With deepest sympathy to all the family from Barb Waldner
Barbara Waldner
February 16, 2021
So deeply saddened by the news of Gordon's passing. He and your mother were always so sweet and kind. I will always have fond memories of them both. Lotsofmemoriesof their visits with Granny , his Aunt Barbara over the years . I just recently read over the beautiful and thoughtful eulogy he wrote and delivered at Grannys funeral. I was welcomed at their beautiful home by them when I moved out west at the age of 19 and I was honnored to visit his beautiful church on Jasper ave. Sending our love. Mary Jane MacPhail-Loughlin, Mom and Dad send their love and condolences as well. Frank & Janie and family xox
MJ MacPhail-Loughlin
February 8, 2021
Hello to Gordon & Ann’s family. I am the daughter of Winn & Aubrey Edworthy, who lives in Saskatoon. My sister is Barbara Couves (husband Dave) living in Sidney. I know I have met Kim & Marylou&
David at some point on my visits to Sidney. Of course when folks were in ministry at Robertson Wesley in Edmonton there were times together when I would come up for visits.
Yours & our folks had a great friendship over many years. Barb & Dave had many outings, meals , church events & just visiting together.
Your father & mother’s ministry to people in so many ways & so many places is a great memory for you all to have.
Our family lost daddy 7 years ago (age 94)
& mummy just in June (age 1021/2). Barbara & I & our families are so grateful to know the influence our folks had on people near & far. I am sure you have heard from many telling you the same thing. And , my there were some great
laughs shared whenever your folks were at any gathering - large or small
Rich blessings. Arms are around you.
February 8, 2021
Patricia Deibert ( Edworthy)
February 5, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gordons passing. Gordon did our wedding in 1990 and after that we attended his church in Edmonton, Such a lovely man, We soon became good friends with him and Ann and my husband Mike considered Gordon his Christian mentor. Sadly Mike passed away the day after Gordon, I like to think that Mike was welcomed into Heaven by our dear friend, may they both rest in peace xxx
Carol Goodall
January 26, 2021
Reverand Cann was simply the best minister! I am a United church member because of him. He performed our wedding ceremony and I will always be grateful for that! I remember so many church, community activities of which he was a part, like musicals and parades. I went to school and youth group and 'Happiness is' with his children. Kim, George, Mary Lou, Michelle and Phillip and families our condolences. Embrace the memories!! ❤❤❤ Heather (Parker) and Brian Farrell
Heather and Brian Farrell
January 25, 2021
In about 2008, Gordon was one of our ministers at First Met UC. He was often at the hospital visiting people. My husband and I saw him in the hospital lobby while we were taking my elderly mother-in-law, Elsie to the pacemaker clinic. I introduced them to Gordon, who said a kind word to say to Elsie. Later Elsie (who had a limited knowledge of Christianity), said to me that Gordon was “a very nice Father”. Remembering Gordon, his caring and sense of humour, sad to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends.
Patricia (Trish) Simpson
January 24, 2021
Our sympathies to your family Gordon. Jack and I met Gordon while he served at First Metropolitan UC in Victoria. He was a very special fellow- gentle, thoughtful and caring always with a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face and a story on his lips! Rest in peace Gordon.
Wendy zink & Jack Basey
Wendy Zink
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