February 27, 1918 – August 7, 2008
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband and father, Gordon Francis Kerton on August 7, 2008. Dad was born in Courtenay, B.C. on February 27th, 1918. His parents Fredrick and Ethel Kerton and his sister Daisy Hughes and brother Harry Kerton predeceased him.
Dad led a very busy and interesting life. He served a a Sergeant Major in the Canadian Scottish Regiment, Princess Patricia Division; Alderman and Hospital Board member in Cumberland; a member of the Cumberland Royal Canadian Legion; and in Powell River a a School Board member and President of the C.U.p.E. Union Local 476. He worked a a logger, a boom-man, construction worker and retired after 17 years as a custodian at Brooks School. Dad, “George” as he was affectionately known by the students, often said that the least paying job that he ever had was with the School District, but it was the job that he enjoyed the most because of the kids.
He was a member of both the Papyrus Chapter of the Royal Arch of the Masons of Powell River, and Triune Lodge #81 of Powell River, where he was twice Master.
Dad’s greatest love was of his wife Viola (with whom he was to celebrate their 69th Wedding Anniversary on September 16th) and his family. He was the best father any child could ever hope to have and will be sadly missed by all six of his children: Frances (Don) Hart, Judy Pederson, fred (Wendy), Patricia (Sam) Salomi, Terry (Sandra), and Penny (Dan) Peters, as well as his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad had many friends over the years and was grateful for knowing each and every one of them. Many will remember dad walking with his beloved little white dog Bingo.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Kiwanis Garden Court, Dr. DuToit, Dr. Takar, Dr. Hoffert, and good friend Brian Perrin.
There will be no service by request, but a Remembrance Tea will be announced at a later date.
“I lived the life and did the things that I wanted to,
and some that I shouldn’t have, but glad that I did them all.”
Viola, Frances, Judy, Patricia, Fred, Terry, Penny