With sad hearts we announce the passing of Gordon Gilman on January 22, 2021 at McCreary Alonsa Health Centre. Gordon was born in Gladstone, Manitoba, on June 6, 1940, to Otis and Nancy Gilman. He was raised on a farm where from a young age he drove a team of horses to school and also to work in the fields.
Gordon was a happy child and was always looking for adventure. After completing school he headed for Ontario and worked for the railroad. He returned home in 1959 and met the love of his life Marion. They had an instant connection and shared a love that was an example for us all. They were married in Wellwood on Sept. 3, 1960. They spent their first few years living in Brandon while Gordon trained to be a radio and TV repairman. In 1963 they learned of some land for sale in McCreary and went to see it right away. Later that same day they bought the Northwest ¼ 4-21-15 from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson - Gordon and Marion had found their forever home. Over the years, with hard work and determination, they expanded their mixed farm and Gordon also worked as a TV repairman for over 35 years. Gordon and Marion spent 51 happy years together. Their farm became home for the whole family and always will be.
Gordon was a very active community member. He was a Councillor and Reeve for many years, and was also on the hospital board, church board, and the watershed council. He put his heart and soul into all of it. He always had a smile on his face and cared about everyone he met.
He loved to hunt and fish and especially loved teaching his children and grandchildren not just to hunt and fish, but to share his love of nature. Gordon and Marion had many dear friends who they loved to spend time camping, fishing, and travelling with. Gordon loved to sing and dance with friends and family, and loved a good card game.
Gordon was a strong, compassionate, and gentle man. He was smart and wise, and always gave the best advice. He stood by his family in good times and bad. He was the pillar of the family and guided us all.
Gordon is survived by his children Heather and Brad; his son in law Kirk; his grandchildren Kaila (Jordan), Chris, Elizabeth, Devin, Kelsey and Sheldon; his brothers Ronald (Cookie) and Barry; brother in Law Joe Forester and sister in law Sheena Duncalfe. He also leaves many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gordon was predeceased by his loving wife Marion; daughter Wenda; infant son Dale; his parents Otis and Nancy Gilman; mother and father in law Blake and Ethel Williams; sisters Audrey Forester and Marjorie Scott; brother in law Lloyd Duncalfe and many dear friends.
Gordon touched the hearts of everyone he knew and will be very sadly missed.
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