George Gordon passed away on May 11, 2016 at the age of 63. Although he was taken quickly by an aggressive lymphoma, he maintained his sense of humour and his dignity to the end. George was born on August 13, 1952, the youngest, beloved child of the late W. B. "Pete" and Mary (Westbye) Gordon.
George will be deeply mourned by his loving wife, Patti Graham; his beloved sons Christopher (Katherine), Geordie, and Alex; brother Peter (Diana) Gordon, sisters Ann Ambler (John), Nancy Martin (Bob), Emily Lattion (Chris), his many nieces and nephews and friends. He spent summers at the family cottage on Chemong Lake and Camp Ponaka. He was a loyal friend, an amazing athlete and a terrific hockey player. He was a man of humour, quick wit, but even more he had a sense of fairness and was extraordinarily kind.
George hailed from a distinguished Peterborough, Ontario family and was a fourth generation in a row of highly respected lawyers and jurists. His grandfather sat as a cabinet minister to MacKenzie King. He attended Queens University where he obtained a B.A. (Honours) in 1974 and an M.A. in Sociology in 1976, then McGill University where he obtained his LL.B. in 1979. He articled with the firm Turkstra Dore in Hamilton, and worked at the Law Reform Commission of Canada before moving to the west coast in the early 1980s.
George was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1985 and spent his entire career practising family law. He articled with Terry Warren Q.C. and then worked as an associate of Karen Nordlinger Q.C. Barbara Nelson Q.C. and Terry Warren Q.C. First a partner at Fraser Warren, he was thereafter a partner in the family law boutique firm of Warren Aaron MacGregor & Gordon and its successor firm, now known as Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger. George established a reputation as a skilled courtroom lawyer who handled difficult cases, particularly known for his expertise and sensitivity in custody cases. He was a leader within Vancouver’s family law bar and was loved and respected by his peers. He was loyal, trustworthy and highly ethical. He provided wise counsel to a broad range of clients.
In the spirit of George’s giving and generous nature, please take the time to have a kind word for those around you, from the barista at your coffee shop to the nameless person on the street.
We want to thank Janice, Shyam, and all the staff at the BC Cancer Agency and Thikra, Julie, Cindy, Mary Lou and the others at the VGH Palliative Care ward for their special care of George.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of George’s Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Vancouver.