1927 – 2009
Gordon passed away peacefully on June 22, 2009 at St. Joseph’s HospItal in Comox.
Gordon was born here in the Comox Valley on March 19, 1927 to Bessie and Norman Pritchard. He attended school in Courtenay and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the National Research Council in Halifax until he returned to school to complete his Masters in Engineering at the University of Toronto. After graduating from the University of Toronto he went to work on the Avro Arrow project. When the Avro program was discontinued Gordon then went to Boeing in Seattle. From Boeing he went to the pulp mill in Port Angeles. After a few years he transferred to the mill in Campbell River. From there he worked on the mill at Port Alice and then in Prince Rupert. Finding he preferred living in the Comox Valley he returned and worked at the Air Force Base in Comox as a building inspector until his retirement.
In retirement Gordon served on the Design Committee for the Town of Comox. He also loved to hike, canoe and sail. His garden was a special joy. He was very proud of his family’s pioneer heritage and loved to share stories of growing up in the Comox Valley.
Gordon was a kind and gentle man. He will be missed by his long time friend and companion Dorothy Carmichael, brothers Alan, Don (Joan), and by his nephews Ron (Candace) and Michael, and his nieces Linda and Sandra.
There will be a tea in memory of Gordon on the 5th of July, 2009 from 2 pm to 4 pm at D’Esterre House (Comox Seniors Center), 1801 Beaufort Avenue.