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Gordon Gurke

Gordon Douglas John Gurke

Saturday, September 6th, 1947 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Gordon Douglas John Gurke passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Born September 6, 1947 in Portage la Prairie, Gord attended school in Kinosota, Manitoba until his family moved to Portage. He graduated high school in Portage then moved to Ottawa to complete training as a radio operator. This training led to his life-long career with Transport Canada / Nav Canada as a radio operator, flight service station specialist and manager of the flight station specialists. His career took him to many places including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, Lynn Lake, Dauphin, Churchill and Brandon where he worked for over 20 years and retired in 2003. In 1972, Gord married Sylvia Zaharychuk and they raised 2 daughters: Jennifer and Julie. Gord enjoyed playing ball, curling, hockey and bowling, but his favourite sport, by far, was golf and his biggest achievement on the course was a hole-in-one on his home course, Glen Lea! A proud supporter of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Gord and Sylvia were season ticket holders for many years. Gord also loved cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers and rarely missed a game. His love of sports led him to volunteer his time at the curling events and the Memorial Cup that Brandon hosted. Above all else, he was his family's biggest fan: coaching his girls when they played ball and being in the audience when they had band or Ukrainian dance performances. Everyone who knew Gord, knows how social and fun loving he was. He was a loving husband, a caring father and a kind friend who could put a smile on anyone's face. Gord will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sylvia, daughters Jennifer (Ed) and Julie (Dallas), brother Garry (Lois) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Norma and Edward and brother Greg. Due to COVID-19, a small funeral service was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Glen Lea Golf Course with Minister Ann Crossland officiating. Niece Dana Gurke gave his eulogy and Julie Gurke was urn bearer; the family considers all Gord's friends and family honorary bearers. Donations in memory of Gord may be made to Palliative Manitoba, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3, palliativemanitoba.ca.
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Tom Perrin

Posted at 01:00pm
So saddened to hear of Gord's passing. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Sylvia and Family at this time of loss... Tom and Fran Perrin
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Ed Gabor

Posted at 02:13pm
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. We enjoyed our visits with Gord on the walking path, curling and golf. He always was happy and friendly . Ed and Carolyn Gabor
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Deanna Marinovich

Posted at 03:43pm
Sylvia and family,
Remembering your wonderful husband Gord and dad to Jennifer and JulieI I am sending you all my love and prayers.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Deanna Marinovich
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John McAdam

Posted at 08:58pm
Sylvia and family,

So sorry to hear of Gord's passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

John & Jessie McAdam
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Sharon fSteve McCorrister

Posted at 04:44pm
Condolences to all of Gordie’s family we were so sad to here of his passing hugs to you all
 
JR

Jan Rafnkelsson Posted at 10:29pm

Sylvia, Jennifer, and Julie we just heard about Gord. We are so sorry . We remember lots of laughs with him at curling and ball. Eric and Jan Rafnkelsson
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