Gordon F. Ireland, C.D.
Resident of Casa Loma, Courtenay, BC
July 01, 1923 to December 4, 2016
Gordon passed away on December 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Marjorie Ireland, brother George, first wife Rosina (Thorburn) 1946 – 1993, and wife Donnamae (Dick), 1994 – 2013.
He is survived by his son George in Vancouver, BC; grandchildren Geoffrey (Olivia) Ireland, Langley, BC, Kelly (Sam) Ireland, Vancouver, BC, Christopher (Victoria) Ireland, Langley, BC; great grandchildren Leo, Chloe, and Julia Ireland, Langley, BC, Ryan Ireland, Langley, BC, Lucas and Dylan Izen, Vancouver, BC; step-daughters Ellen Jackson, Comox, BC, and Deanna Jackson, Coombs, BC.
Gordon was born, raised and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined the RCAF at age 18 in July of 1941, served in UK, Ceylon, Burma and India before release in December, 1945. He managed a Trading Post at Teslin, Y.T, before re-enlisting in the RCAF, 1952-72. He retired from Calgary’s Convention Centre in 1984, where he was Director of Operations, and moved to Parksville, BC. He was Citizen of the Year, and served the City as Alderman for one term. For his service to the Royal Canadian
Legion, both as President and Service Officer, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion’s highest award. He was recipient of the Queen’s Medal on two occasions – Canada’s 125 and the Queen’s Jubilee. Gordon volunteered for many community causes throughout his life and was honoured by the Government of Canada for “dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to your country.”
There will be no service by request. In memory, a donation to your charity of choice is appreciated.