July 9th, 1924 – March 1st, 2015
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gordie, our father, grandfather and great grandfather. Gord was born the fifth child to Robert and Anslie Cochrane in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Gord was raised in Dauphin through graduation of high school. He immediately joined the Royal Canadian Airforce to serve his country in WWII, and was sent to England. In 1945 he returned to Dauphin where he soon married his school mate Dodie Baird. He then decided to buy his first truck and move out west to Courtenay in 1948. Gord then went into the fuel and trucking business hauling anything from coat to potatoes. Later on, he then went into the road construction business. After sometime he sold the company to what is now known as Tayco Paving. In 1963 he purchased Three Way Service Ltd., the Volkswagen Dealership. Not too long after he bought the Ford dealership and was known as Comox Valley Ford Ltd. He found his passion in the auto business and spent the rest of his working life until retiring in the mid-eighties. Gord was an active member of the Comox Valley Curling Club and Sunnydale Golf Club.
Gord was predeceased by his mother and father, his sister Muriel Dickenson of Ontario, his brother Harold (Mickey) of Calgary, his brother Ken of Comox. He is survived by his sisters Rita Melnuk of Calgary and Ollie Acorn of Comox and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friend and ex-wife Dodie and his three children, son Rick (Janet) Cochrane, daughter Leslie (Drew) Pederson and daughter Cindy McPherson (Randy Bennett), five grandchildren; Chris Cochrane, Severin Pederson, Ingram (Jenifer) Pederson, Erin (Parker) Humphrey, Evan McPherson (Katelyn Smith), five great grandchildren; Hanna & Tyler Pederson, Ethan, Tamryn & Colton McPherson and Jaxson and Lucas Humphrey.
The family would like to thank staff and friends at Casa Loma for friendship, fun and loving care where Gord resided the last couple of years. Also to the staff at the Cumberland Dialysis Unit. A very special thank you to Dr. Nancy McFadden and staff for your constant compassionate care over the years, Greg at Livingroom Pharmacy and staff, and lastly the team of nephrologist’s at Nanaimo Hospital, Dr. Carson, Dr. Booth and Dr. Crume.
We will announce at a later date a celebration of life for family and friends. It was Dad’s wish to have a party for him. His quote “I had a long and good life”.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Gord’s memory may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.